Two students in the FACS textiles, merchandising and interiors department recently helped reconstruct a conference room in the Housing Research Center.
The HRC is located in House B, which houses offices for faculty in the financial planning, housing and consumer economics department in addition to the conference room.
Funding for the project came from a $50,000 grant awarded to the FHCE department by TD Ameritrade Institutional.
The department reached out to Sarah Zenti, an assistant professor in furnishings and interiors, to present her students with the opportunity to take on the project.
TMI students Ally Fishbeck and Michelle Peake were tasked with designing a multi-functional room for students and faculty.
“They wanted a room that was flexible for students who potentially had different disabilities who weren’t able to access other spaces that these classes would take place in,” Zenti said, “and also update it and utilize some new technology. So we kind of gave it a facelift.”
Peake said the project was a great way for her and Fishbeck to gain experience working in a commercial design setting. It also gave them the chance to work with faculty members of the FHCE department.
“I think it took us about six-to-eight weeks to complete the design, which included initial meetings for design scope, coordination meetings, and the time it took Michelle and I to come up with a design and finalize it with the faculty from FHCE,” Fishbeck said.
Both Fishbeck and Peake agree the biggest challenge of designing the room was working with a preexisting space.
“The main design challenge we had for this project was to come up with a plan that allowed for all of the ideas for the space to be implemented,” Peake said. “The room itself is not huge, so we had to make sure all of the desired furniture could fit and still be flexible for the room’s multiple uses.”
This story was written by consumer journalism student Abigail Harrison.
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