by Peter Kray
Voting season can be stressful for everyone, but in Kansas City, Hufft, a locally based fabrication and design firm, is helping create a fun, innovative way to welcome new voters to the political process by partnering with an online restaurant platform to support free Curbside Notary events at local coffee shops and eateries across the state of Missouri.
Hufft joined with Curbside KC, a platform that was created to support local restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic, with up-to-date information on which restaurants were open, and who was offering online ordering and delivery.
Curbside founder Danielle Lehman initially planned to find five locations to host events with a dozen notary volunteers, but ended up receiving inquiries from over 175 notary volunteers and was able to increase the number of events.
When Hufft offered to fabricate booths for each event, Lehman said, “I knew it was a great opportunity to have even more visibility in the community, so I wanted to do whatever I could to scale up the project and get as many volunteers out into the wild as possible.”
The design of each booth reflects a typical sidewalk A-frame sign, and is affordable and practical. 3Ž4” Baltic Birch plywood was chosen for all of the main components for the booths because of its strength, appearance, and cost. It can easily and accurately be programmed and milled on a computer numerical control (CNC) router. The screen mounted on the front is made of thin Lexan and attached through tabs with Velcro. These products and materials were selected so the booths could be quickly produced and easily moved from one event to another.
The flat-packed structure is held together at the top by a heavy-duty piano hinge. It is a tool-free assembly that starts on its back and held together by sliding the shelf component into a half-lapped joint. The A-frame is then tilted up and the Lexan screen slides into place with adjustable Velcro straps. Click here to learn more about this project on the CSI website.
Peter Kray is a content strategist with CSI. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.