The students worked on the project for a year.

Engineering students from Colorado State University have put the finishing touches on a very special project that's taken them a year to complete.

Dylan Bush lives in Fort Collins with his mother and step-father, who are his long-term caregivers. Dylan has autism, and the CSU team had worked with his family through a local special-needs organization, Foothills Gateway, to design a custom swing for him to use in the family yard. Dylan weighs about 300 pounds and loves swings, but it's been hard to find ones that will work for him. 

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Courtesy of Colorado State University, Photo by John Eisele

Students Renee Farnes, Paige Floyd, and Nick Krekeler designed a bidirectional swing that can swing back and forth, as well as spins, and reworked the design a few times to get it perfect for what Dylan needs. Swinging is both a fun activity for him, as well as therapeutic; swinging can help strengthen sensory experiences for those with autism.

The team asked for and were granted permission earlier this month to finish the construction of the swing, even though they all graduated in May. 

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Courtesy of Colorado State University, Photo by John Eisele

With support from the university, as well as some friends, former classmates, and faculty advisors, the team was able to get all the materials they needed to finish. Even the Poudre Fire Department was on-hand to help!

You can see more of the team's work below:

Dylan loves swings and fire trucks, so it was a very special day for him when everyone came together. Dylan’s mother, Holly Bush, described them as professional and caring and was truly touched at how they cared for her son and wanted to do this for him. 

“It’s been lovely. They brought me cookies at Christmas. They are the most polite kids in the world, and they seemed so excited about the project,” she said. “When you have a child like Dylan, you always wish for other people to see them the way you see them … [The students] asked questions and seemed to want to be with him. It was just a really good feeling that they weren’t here just for themselves to get their project done. They seemed happy to be here and meet him and talk with us,” Holly Bush.

Our congratulations to the CSU team for finishing their project, and for not giving up despite some very unexpected obstacles.