Featured Project: UIUC Small Studio


Sustainable Student Farm Washing & Packing Station


The SMALLStudio at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture puts emphasis on hands-on learning with an ongoing series of teaching and research projects that focus on detail and tectonics. This provides many great opportunities for companies, like AmeriLux International, to meet and mentor students in projects related to their field.

In the spring of 2012, Jordan Buckner, a Master of Architecture graduate candidate, contacted AmeriLux about a SMALLStudio design-build project he was part of at UIUC. While doing research, the team of students working on the project discovered the large assortment of AmeriLux polycarbonate and PVC products available at their local Menards® store. The students decided the products offered by AmeriLux would be the perfect material choice for their project, a Washing and Packing station, both in design as well as functionality.

UIUC Small Studio projectTim Fikkert, AmeriLux’s Staff Architect, took on the point role of working with the students. A proud graduate of the University of Illinois himself, Tim was excited about the opportunity to work with the students on this project. At the UIUC, industry personnel are encouraged to participate in the design phase and assist in carrying out projects at different levels of complexity. After reviewing drawings and product samples, the students decide to use the following AmeriLux products:

Seeing this as great opportunity to showcase these products and be a part of this exciting sustainable student project, AmeriLux supplied the materials free of cost for the SMALLStudio design-build Wash/Pack station project.

UIUC Small Studio projectSo far, the SMALLStudio team has completed: 1) graphics and master plan concepts for the farm, 2) a pair of Portable Deployable Farm Stands to transport, and 3) the Washing and Packing station, an open-air, wooden frame structure with poycarbonate and PVC corrugated cladding. The station is part of the Student Sustainable Farm which supplies locally grown, sustainable food to residence halls. To view additional photos of the Washing and Packing Station, please Click Here.

In January 2013, the SMALLStudio received the 2012 Honor Award for Sustainable Design from the Central Illinois Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

UIUC Small StudioAmeriLux continues to build their relationship with the University of Illinois. Believing these students are the next generation of architects and engineers on sustainability and green initiatives, Tim Fikkert made a recent trip to the college campus to give a presentation with members of the SMALLStudio. The educational presentation focused on multiwall polycarbonate as a glazing material. The presentation provided the students with an overall understanding of multiwall polycarbonate paying specific attention to its daylighting opportunities. In addition to the SMALLStudio design-build project, Tim also assisted a student with a smaller polycarbonate product showcase project.

The highly qualified architectural team at AmeriLux is ready to serve all your product specifying and design requirements anywhere in the world. Feel free to contact us at 888.602.4441 or send an email describing your project to tech.service@ameriluxinternational.com. Let us assist you in turning your project ideas into a reality!

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