interior architecture majors were placed in design teams to come up with ideas
for a new Lower Debot. Their designs were solely focused on suggestions they
received from students on campus. In the end, the plan entitled, “Revel at
Lower”, created by Emily Ballweg and Brian Luscher, was chosen as the winning
Although there were
some challenges, the student designers were pleased with the results.
“The most rewarding
part of the design experience is simply seeing the reactions that students have
when they see what we, as designers, can come up with,” said Emily Switz, an
interior architecture major and one of the designers.
Emily was not
alone. These students wanted to create something that represented the student
voice. With this in mind, the designers were out to make sure students were
satisfied with their ideas.
“I think being the
chosen winning design and getting recognition for this was very rewarding,”
Luscher said. “However, watching the excitement in the students as the design
unfolds into reality will be the most rewarding.”
Each design team
not only came up with their own concepts for the designs but also had to
calculate the cost of their designs.
“I think the most
challenging part of the design experience was getting all of our quotes from
the manufacturers… It is time consuming because you have to wait for all of
them to respond,” said designer Lindsey Penning.
Other teams faced
challenging part was getting started, working with everyone’s schedules,
different levels of experience and initial commitment,” Luscher said.
and Luscher were picked as the winning designers. While in the designing
process, they paid attention to minor details inspired by the age group, social
standpoints and concerns of comfort.
“With the target
demographic being underage, we wanted to give them a space they could call
theirs,” Luscher said.
Ballweg and Luscher
understood a lot of students on campus find it hard to transition from living
at home to being a full-time college student.
“This design acts
as a segue between living at home and their parents rec-room of traditional
décor and contemporary design,” Luscher said.
it is anticipated that this will be a place students where students want to
spend their free time.
“It’s a place they
would look forward to going to hang with friends, go on a date, socialize,
unwind or blow off steam. Hence the name Revel at Lower,” Luscher said.
Director of Dining Services, Mark Hayes,
spoke of being on the outside looking in on the students’ hard work and
“The student project teams did all the
work, so this is all their credit… everyone in Dining was very excited about
the individual proposals and the level of professionalism and creativity,”
Although the wining design has been picked,
there are more steps to be taken before anything is official.
“Renovation costs are estimated at $500,000, so
additional balloting, discussions with the Student Government Organization, the
Dining Advisory Board, and the Resident Hall Association will need to proceed
before any decisions are made,” Hayes said.