Second-year Building Construction Science students in Professor Chris Cosper’s studio presented their collaborative projects on Tuesday, April 23, in Giles Hall.
The students worked on intermittent assignments throughout the semester with the third-year architecture students, allowing both studios time to work independently and as a team. In addition to BCS Professor Chris Cosper, AIA, the faculty included architecture professors Alexis Gregory, AIA; Emily McGlohn, and Todd Walker, FAIA.
The group worked on a project for a Community Arts Center project located in Birmingham, Ala. The students researched and created the project programs consisting of three different focus areas for the Community Arts Center – Film/Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Historic/Industrial Arts. The architecture students were allowed to choose one of the three possible program types, and they used this to create their building design. The students were also tasked with utilizing brick as a major component in their building but in a new and innovative way.
The reviewers of the student work included Glen Clapper, AIA, architectural services manager for the Brick Industry Association in the Southeast Region; Patrick Nelson, AIA, and Jermaine Washington, principals of Regarding Architecture in Birmingham; Brittany Foley, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, project architect with Williams Blackstock Architects in Birmingham; Matt Foley, NCARB, LEED AP, associate at Davis Architects in Birmingham; and Roy Decker, principal of Duvall Decker Architects P.A. located in Jackson.
The “final” review did not mean an end the BCS students’ work. In addition to their collaborative work, the BCS students worked on a separate project that includes a construction sequence, a construction schedule, a quantity take-off of specific structural items and a cost estimate of the same structural items. The students were assisted by BCS Advisory Council members Bill Burnett and Robert Robison, who spent a studio class with the students answering project-related concerns.
Students hard at work on their collaborative projects: