What is the mobiLANDING?


And the question was asked; “how can we create a space that establishes an interactive learning community, showcases sustainable building practices, and facilitates ongoing and future research?” 


Our answer is the MOBILab and mobiLANDING: an energy self-sustaining mobile classroom and research station that connects students and community members with the remote sustainable research facilities in the surrounding area. Using its resources to create an engaging learning framework, it becomes a catalyst for expansion and a conduit for outreach in climate zone 4. The mobiLANDING is the Beech Mountain Small Wind Research and Demonstration Site counterpart to another IDEXlab project, the MOBILab. The mobiLANDING serves as a crash pad and docking station to its mobile counterpart, and operates independently with a sheltered work space, storage, and restroom facility. When the MOBILab is present, they mutually increase each other’s potential. The mobiLANDING not only provides much needed support at Beech Mountain, but also promotes long-term growth by advancing organization, professionalism, and research-based education, while engaging with the surrounding community. Our project helps the site realize its full potential as a hands-on educational facility while acting as a showpiece for Appalachian State University

Find Us


From Boone:


  • Take 105 South (to Seven Devils) (12 miles)

  • Turn Right onto 184 West/ Tynecastle Hwy (into Banner Elk)

  • In Banner Elk, turn left at the stop light, travel approximately .4 miles and bear right onto Beech Mountain Parkway (HWY 184).

  • Continue on Beech Mountain Parkway approx 5 miles until you see the White Wolf Lodge

  • Turn RIGHT onto Elderberry Ridge Rd. (you will see signs for Pinnacle Inn)

  • Approx 0.2 miles, you will bear left at the Pinnacle sign.

  • Approx 0.2 miles further, the road will take a sharp left, but you will continue straight on a dirt driveway, which will bring you into the parking area for the Wind Research and Demonstration Site. (look for signs)


meet the team

Luke Nayes, CM

Rowan Parris, SBS

Nick Veit, SBS

Christian Najafi, CM

Ashley Winecoff, SBS

Tim Scheffer, SBS

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