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Judson Architecture Students Present Community Outreach Designs at Carpentersville Fire Station #3

(Elgin, IL July 27, 2010) Judson University’s ARC575 Community Outreach Class will be presenting their final project designs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Friday, July 30. The final presentation will take place at the Carpentersville Fire Station #3 (5000 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Carpentersville) in the Training Room.

“Judson University’s Community Outreach Class is a six-week intensive design studio for Judson’s graduate architecture students and is geared toward student service and collaboration with specific clients and communities,” says Judson Adjunct Professor of Architecture Sean Gallagher. Gallagher teaches the course alongside Aaron Greene, another adjunct architecture professor.

“Upon completion of the course, students will have experience serving a community group with pro bono architectural services in a studio format. Students will better understand working collaboratively with other students, interacting with the public, and assessing needs and delivering proposals to meet the needs of the organization they serve,” Gallagher explains.

This semester, Judson’s graduate students worked with Northern Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity (the client), the Village of Carpentersville (the community), and the American Institute of Architects (the consultant). The AIA has been working with both Habitat for Humanity and the Village of Carpentersville to design a low-income community of a minimum of 25 homes on Binnie Road in Carpentersville. This past April, the AIA had a design charette with members to create potential design approaches for this community.

Judson’s students picked up where the AIA left off to further develop community strategies. The students were divided into two teams of five, each with the purpose of designing 25-30 homes on the nine-acre parcel of land. Once their overall site schemes were determined, individual students were to design a specific home. Homes were to be designed as two- or three- bedroom units with their respective sizes at 1,200 - 1,300 square feet. The homes also required two-car garages, not typical for Habitat but required for Carpentersville.

The primary challenges of this course for students were to design a dense community on a naturally sensitive site with small-scale homes that reflect a dignity and significance that is often neglected in low-income housing,” Gallagher notes.

This presentation at the Carpentersville Fire Station will be given to the Executive Director and Development Director of Northern Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity, Village of Carpentersville staff, members of the American Institute of Architects, and faculty from Judson University.

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