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. Believing these students are the next generation of architects and engineers on sustainability and green initiatives, Tim Fikkert, AmeriLux’s Staff Architect, took on the point role of working with the students.
So 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 polycarbonate 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.
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