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U.Va. Architecture Students Build Their Design With Help From Charlottesville Community Building Suppliers

November 3, 2000 -- Forging a new relationship with Charlottesville area professionals in the building industry, students at the University of Virginia School of Architecture are putting theory to practice. Supported by a fellowship grant from Allied Concrete and The Ready-Mix Association, undergraduate and graduate students designed, researched and investigated traditional as well as innovative masonry and concrete materials and methods, and are in the process of building a student work terrace adjacent to Campbell Hall.

"This project is important because it bridges the separation between academe and practice," said assistant professor Patricia Kucker, who has spearheaded the project in collaboration with visiting assistant professor John Maze. "The students confront issues of design and their relationship to the building process. The practical experience is invaluable."

Groups of students participated at various stages of the project.

The built project is inspired by one student’s design from a 1999 summer fellowship study. Students began construction last fall and continued work this summer.

Gus Lorber, president of Allied Concrete donated time and all the concrete used in the project in addition to financial support and consultation during the entire process. During the fall semester of 1999, Lorber invited students to visit Allied Concrete to work on detailing and material investigations. Under his supervision they learned how to finish concrete and work with steel reinforcing. Other local business who contributed to the project are Advanced Concrete Foundations Inc., Luck Stone, Carolina Builders and Quality Welding.

Including a paved work area covered by a canopy as well as storage areas and an uncovered area, the terrace provides students an outdoor space adjacent to the studios where they can work on large-scale projects.

Work on the project has evolved over time. Plans are in the works for landscape architecture students to design and execute a landscaping plan.

The project Web site is http://www.arch.virginia.edu/build.

Contact: Jane Ford, (804) 924-4298

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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