Project Overview 

SCADpad is a project developed by The Savannah College of Art and Design. A group of SCAD students and faculty from across various academic disciplines collaborated to develop it. Three SCADpad micro-housing units were constructed, each the size of a parking space or 135 square feet, and were placed on the parking deck of SCAD Atlanta.  SCADpad was open on April 9,  2014 for three students live in the SCADpad community and test our experiment. 

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Service Design in the project

User centered design, and interactive systems to create an innovative and habitable experience for the residents.

Tools used :

Double diamond design process
A day in the life, research methods
Design Scenarios
Service Role Play
Home automation technology                                       


Design Process

In reality, design processes are nonlinear however, it is possible to visualize and outline a structure. It is important to understand that this structure is iterative and adaptable in its approach.

Discovering an Opportunity

To design the experience of the SCADpad resident by developing environmental, social, and administrative controls for the micro-housing systems ranging from lighting to security, living services, and community.

My team focused on the automation services inside the SCADpad. 

Research Methods:

The main users of the SCADpads are students. As students at the Savannah College of Art and Design we started by recording our own routines in personal journals. This method allowed us to visualize and understand the user’s needs, and A day in the Life of a SCAD student.

Later, we started researching different technologies to support the ideas developed. 


Defining Insights

We presented our insight to the clients, and gather new insights- including concepts and constrains.

Developing Ideas

Five interaction systems in between smart technology and the user. 



The padPad is the command center for multiple devices within the SCADpad. It acts as a liaison between the smart lighting system, the thermostat, and the smartlock.

It has the added benefit of providing entertainment via video and music, as well as communicating to the user various notifications from other systems.




Through a harmonious integration of existing systems no action is required by the resident to be guided in the middle of the night. 

As the user feels at ease getting out of bed during night-time hours a low level guide lighting limits any sort of impact on the user’s sleep cycle. No action is required by the resident to end the encounter with padNox.




The padAqua system seamlessly notifies its users of the contents of their water tank. 

Two (2) smart water sensors talk to the smart lighting within the SCADpad to give visual cues pertaining to the contents of the user’s water tank. The user will never be surprised by an empty water tank again. The padAqua will trigger the bathroom lights to blink red notifying the user about  the water consumption.




SCADpad users are awakened each morning by a gradually increasing warm light, simulating a sunrise. Users are naturally brought out of their sleep cycle for a peaceful wakeup. They can begin their day under the warm light and it will gradually change back into white light.

The user can set the time of the sunrise simulation for every day of the week. If the user doesn’t set a time, the simulation will come on with the actual morning sunrise time.




Through a seamless and innovative integration of existing systems padNimbus creates physical and emotional satisfaction during the user’s shower routines. 

It offers security, privacy, peace of mind, and comfort while activating the thermostat, and the locking system. It also triggers the smart glass and creates changes in the bathroom light to a warm color.

Delivering Ideas

After refining the ideas we prototyped the services, implementing the technology used in the systems. We build a real scale SCADpad prototype, and role-played the services.  

Design Team: Shreya Mehta, Jeremiah O'Leary, & Ana Soto