Second-year building construction science and architecture students have been working together this semester in a collaborative studio with Professors Lee Carson, Alexis Gregory, Hans Herrmann, Emily McGlohn (all architecture) and Tom Leathem (building construction science).
Throughout the semester, the students researched, designed and constructed two bus shelters for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
On Dec. 2, students and faculty from the Collaborative Studio celebrated at the two locations at Pearl River and Tucker.
The group was joined by first-year architecture and building constructions science students and faculty; Dean Jim West; Michael Berk, director of the School of Architecture; and Dr. David C. Lewis, director of the Building Construction Science Program. Also present were Steve Murray, planner with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians; the Tribal Council and other representatives; and Chief Phyliss J. Anderson.
Anderson welcomed and briefly addressed the group before the ribbon cutting.
“It’s always a blessing to have a relationship with the institute of education,” she said, adding that the bus shelter project is something that the students should be very proud of.
The chief then presented College of Architecture, Art and Design Dean Jim West with a handmade basket.
West thanked Anderson and said the on-going partnership has been a win/win for the college, and he explained some of the other projects the college has worked on with the MS Band of Choctaw Indians.
The first project was in 2009 when the college’s Carl Small Town Center assisted the tribe in preparing a Transit Plan with funding through the Federal Transit Administration’s Tribal Transit Program. The study was used to support several projects, including the new Transit Maintenance Center, which was recently completed.
Herrmann’s class constructed the first bus stop for Bogue Chitto a few years ago, and this year, two more bus stops were designed and built by the Collaborative Studio for Pearl River and Tucker. There are plans for more bus stops to be built for the community next year.
“It’s been a breath of fresh air to have young people come in and work with us,” said Murray. “They’ve thought about ideas we hadn’t thought about.”
Watch the video from the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Working on the shelters:
Read more about the Collaborative Studio here.