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2018 Design + Build

West Point Pavilion

Project Information

Clients: Durham Parks and Recreation + Durham Parks Foundation

Location: West Point in Eno Park, Durham, NC

Size: 750 SQFT

Program: Create an environmental education facility with an outdoor classroom to accommodate about 20 persons with secure storage and rainwater collection

Materials: Steel, Wood, Concrete

Students: Zach Bonenberger, Nicolas Chandrasurin, Stephanie Heimstead, Ryan Kilgannon, Austin Loman, Smith Marks, Austin Marshall, Nicole Montufar, Alaina McCoy, Brigitta Mills, James Popin, Gomathi Vyagrapuri, Cameron Westbrook

Instructors: Randall Lanou, BuildSense; Erik Mehlman, BuildSense; Ellen Cassilly, Ellen Cassilly Architect; Pat Meiburg, Teaching Assistant

Instructional Collaborators: Scott Metheny, BuildSense

Structural Engineer: Robert Macia, PE, Scalene Design

Students were tasked to design + build an Environmental Education Pavilion. The project would be the centerpiece of a plan to reactivate a lesser used clearing in the western portion of the park. The design took full advantage of the meadow views and the natural habitat of the clearing. Over the course of 11 weeks students designed, fabricated and assembled the 750 square foot pavilion. The final design featured 2 intersecting volumes with sloping roofs – one welcoming visitors and the other framing the meadow view. The Environmental Education Pavilion provided Durham Parks and Recreation the means to triple its environmental education programming in just one year.

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