This Fall, San Francisco-based developer DivcoWest collaborated with NuVu on the design of a groundbreaking machine for the groundbreaking ceremony on October 19, 2017 for their new project in the NorthPoint area in East Cambridge, MA called "Cambridge Crossing (CX). As part of the "Groundbreaking Robots" studio lead by NuVu Coaches this past June, fourteen NuVu students worked on a concept and design for a groundbreaking robot. At the end of the studio, representatives from DivcoWest selected one winning design to be built full-scale and demoed at the groundbreaking ceremony. The winning project was the "Groundbreaking Steampunk Bike."
The Groundbreaking Steampunk Bike team spent four weeks in September and October fabricating the bike. NuVu student Teresa Lourie, one of the creators of the Groundbreaking Steampunk Bike explains, "The Groundbreaking Steampunk Bike is a fully-mechanical, bike-powered steampunk digger, which is designed to be ridden at the groundbreaking ceremony in October 2017. Cambridge and Somerville are known for their large population of avid bikers, as well as their emphasis on sustainability and environmental conservation. The bike was designed to represent those values, and show that the NorthPoint development would share those interests and mesh well with the other neighborhoods in those cities."
DivcoWest invited 300 people to share in the official launch of Cambridge Common at the October 19 groundbreaking ceremony. Attendees included Cambridge Mayor E. Denise Simmons, Cambridge City Manager Lou DePasquale, and elected officials from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as DivcoWest's founder & CEO Stuart Shiff.