This semester, Lotus is excited to be working with IU and Ivy Tech classes on two “service-learning” projects related to our new facility.  Students from “Architectural Design 1” (Ivy Tech, taught by Chris Reinhart), and “Vertical Studio” (IU School of Art and Design, taught by Jon Racek) have been getting real-life, hands-on experience during the prep phase of our upcoming renovation.

Both classes turned out to begin their work on some of the coldest days we’ve had this winter – brrr!!  Chilly but energetic and enthusiastic, they got right to work, showing professional poise and asking great questions of their “client.” Their final products will include as-built drawings, floorplans and elevations, and even some early ideas and renderings for interior and façade treatments.  And it’s not just busywork – our project architects will provide professional feedback and eventually use the students’ as-built documentation as the foundation for next-level design work.

Both instructors were eager to connect their classes with this opportunity.  “Involving my students with the Lotus project provides them the opportunity to put the design skills they are learning into action in a meaningful way,” says Ivy Tech’s Chris Reinhart.  “They gain important experience in seeing an actual project unfold, and they feel great about their contributions knowing that they have helped provide a valuable service to a community partner.”

Thanks to the students and their instructors for these partnerships – we can’t wait to see the results!

Instructor Chris Reinhart (in the furry hat), orients Architectural Design 1 students for an exterior survey. Ivy Tech, Spring 2016.

Instructor Chris Reinhart (in the furry hat), orients Ivy Tech Architectural Design 1 students for an exterior survey. (Spring 2016)

Architectural Design 1 students get started with interior measurements. Ivy Tech, Spring 2016.

Ivy Tech Architectural Design 1 students get started with interior measurements of the first floor. (Spring 2016)