PalletPAD is a third year Architecture Design Build Studio from Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania. Our goal was to design a temporary shelter for a large disaster preparation strategy. The shelter should be able to house a series of actions that would be done in someone's everyday routine.

The shelter was built out of 48x48 pallets, conduit, canvas and metal brackets. It can be constructed, assembled and disassembled with 4-6 people. The design can be easily adjusted to fit pallets 40x40. Assembly time was roughly 2 hours and disassembled time was about an hour. The building process concluded of a series of 36 steps that included the construction of the stairs, two beds, desk, chair, bar and handicap ramp. We could not list all 36 steps but the most important ones are seen below.

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Step 1: Step 1: Base Assembly

Step 2: Step 3: Plywood Sheathing

Step 3: Step 4: Wall 1

Step 4: Step 5: Continuous Hinge

Step 5: Step 7: Angle Brackets

Step 6: Step 11: Wall 4

Step 7: Step 14: Wall 6

Step 8: Step 16: Bed Connection

Step 9: Step 18: Bed Construction

Step 10: Step 26: Conduit

Step 11: Step 29: Door Connection

Step 12: Step 33: Conduit and Canvas

Step 13: Step 34: Canvas Roof

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    Looks great! Wood pallets are always available in disaster zones.

    this is an awesome design. I know of a place where I can get plenty of pallets .... I was wondering if you could show me a design for a simi permanent shelter for camping capable of sleeping 6 people and is capable of withstanding a good rain and wind if unpredictable weather should happen to catch me off guard


    I like your design! Aren't the walls a bit open? I mean as a shelter from rain and wind this won't really help, right? Is it for dry climate?

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    Hi, yes some walls are open for ventilation purposes. Our project's final outlook was to be able to implement this structure within a gym setting for disaster relief. The canvas can easily be changed with a water resistant material to be exposed outside to weather conditions. Our structure was set up outside for over 24 hours and withstood wind and and some rain.