Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School


First Advisor

Dr. Emadeddin Tanbour

Second Advisor

Dr. Vijaykumar Mannari

Third Advisor

Ann R. Eisenberg, Ph.D


Garage doors are a common component to a suburban lifestyle, and this mundane concept is reimagined to fit an unusual type of outdoor garage. The project is provided by a private construction company for a pre-constructed house in San Francisco, California. The location is difficult to access, and the pre-standing structure cannot accommodate a standard garage door. To fulfill the requirements of this bid, a custom single car horizontal garage door is designed, tested, and a physical prototype is constructed for validity. The design employs a friction wheel system used to open and close the doors along a track embedded into the floor of the structure. Aesthetics, functionality, and durability are the main factors in the design process using core engineering concepts, technical analyses (including Internet of Things and smart systems), and creativity.