This class is considered "Thesis 2." Thesis 1, or Ethics and Programming, is the first stage of this project. It's where we spend an entire 11 weeks researching and putting together a 70-100 page PowerPoint presentation.The two part course is taken over two quarters. This was the Design Development Phase of the project. I started out with the idea of doing a continuing educational facility for kids with Down Syndrome. My sister has downs and she really inspires me everyday. After high school they really have no place to go to continue learning. Many kids won't go onto a normal college and won't graduate with a degree like everyone else.
We had to come up with a facility that was at least 8,000 square feet and contributed to a Millennium Development Goal. We also had to produce an entire set of construction documents and a process book to go with the two boards. I was inspired by a cooking class at Harper College in Palatine, IL as well as Access Living in Chicago, IL. Both places gave me in site as to what I wanted to accomplish with this project. ADA accessibility, green design, a place to hold Special Olympics events, and a place where people from the community can be involved. So far, I have not seen a place like the one I designed and I hope one day I can build something just like this facility in my sister's honor.
|Floor Plan & Concept Sketches: Board 1|
|Furniture, Fixtures & Materials: Board 2|
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