Wednesday, August 28, 2013

     Fall Semester in Commercial Design II kicked off with an exciting interior design competition sponsored by the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library.  Randolph Community College was the only community college to compete last year and was proud to have a fourth place winner.  This means that we have a lot to live up to this year!  A prize of $10,000 to the winners assures that the competition will be keen.
     This year's challenge is an activity center for a co-ed sleepover camp located on 1200 acres in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.  The camp specializes in activities for 30 traditional and special need children and must be barrier-free and fully accessible.  The second floor of the center will encompass a private residence for the camp director, an executive office, and an executive conference room.  The first floor will contain a nurses station, restrooms, storage area, a stage with a prop room, and an open activity area with removable tables and chairs.  In addition to designing the space, we must each form a concept statement, name the facility and design a logo.  This demanding project will take the entire semester and a wide range of skills to complete.
     The process has begun and we are brainstorming!  The class recently toured Victory Junction, a camp for critically ill children located in Randleman, NC, to observe firsthand what a camp for special needs children entails.  We all came away with inspiration to pour into our own projects and incredible respect for the staff and children of this remarkable place.    

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