Collaboration. Participatory, project-based, and peer-to-peer learning. Experimentation. Inquiry. Curiosity. Play.


  1. Weapon making is prohibited. No weapons, components of weapons, or weapon-like items are permitted in The Ground Floor. This includes both defensive as well as offensive weapons. If you aren’t sure what constitutes a weapon, please consult a full-time staff member. Anyone attempting to use the resources of The Ground Floor to produce weapons will be banned for life. Period.
  2. Training is informative, fun, and mandatory. Training in essential equipment and technology will be conducted for classes meeting at the makerspace and scheduled during open lab time throughout the semester. The schedule for trainings will be posted to blackboard and updated periodically throughout the semester. As staff availability permits, equipment primers will also be posted to Blackboard. Some equipment requires additional hands-on training with Ground Floor staff. Even if you have used a piece of equipment in another shop, you must participate in our trainings in order to access to our equipment.
  3. Safety is paramount. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are properly trained to use the equipment before beginning work. If you are unsure of how to use a piece of equipment, ask a staff member. If a piece of equipment appears to be out of order, or not operating correctly, bring it to the attention of staff immediately. Always plan your work to minimize potential risk to yourself and others.

Proper Clothing and Footwear

All users of The Ground Floor should plan to wear clothing that is appropriate for working in a lab/shop setting. Long hair should be tied back, long sleeves should be rolled up. Avoid loose clothing or hanging jewelry as these can present potential risks in these settings. Only closed toe shoes are permitted while working in The Ground Floor.


Personal Protective Equipment is required for many operations in The Ground Floor. It is your responsibility to implement the necessary levels of PPE. All work in the Fabrication Lab requires closed toe shoes, safety glasses, and may require hearing protection. Shop supplied glasses and ear muffs are available near the entrance to the Fabrication Lab, and disposable gloves are available in both the prototyping and fabrication areas (though, we strongly encourage you to provide your own).

Whenever working with resins, paints, or products that may be absorbed through the skin, always wear appropriate gloves. Whenever creating dust or particulates always wear appropriate respiratory protection. All materials containing VOCs (solvents, aerosols, etc.) should be used in the spray booth. If you are not sure of the appropriate PPE for your operation or have questions about how to procure or wear PPE, consult a staff member. Further, if a staff member instructs you that PPE are required for your activity then it is your responsibility to comply.

Using and Borrowing Tools

Users are permitted to borrow up to five tools while working in the labs. Tools are not permitted to leave the premises, ever. All tools checked out must be returned to the tool crib when the work is completed or by the close of business, whichever comes first.

Hazardous Materials

All new materials must be vetted by Makerspace staff before they can be used in the labs. SDS sheets must be provided for all non-approved materials. Materials identified by their SDS as hazardous will be evaluated by makerspace staff for appropriateness to our space.

  • All flammable materials must be stored in a fireproof cabinet.
  • All corrosive materials must be stored in a corrosive materials cabinet
  • All aerosol use and spray finishing, regardless of material being sprayed, must be done in the spray booth.

Hazardous waste includes things like uncured resin, used solvents, light bulbs, ink, oil, batteries, and other things that don’t belong in a landfill. All solvents must be labeled and disposed of in solvent recovery cans. Non-flammable hazardous materials should be disposed of in the large bin marked “HAZARDOUS WASTE” in the trash area on level 1. Do not dispose of these in the trash.

Label any oils, inks, or other chemicals in separate containers so they may be disposed of properly by trained staff. Without a label, we have no idea what it is, and it hurts our ability to safely dispose of the material.