This summer, interior architecture majors were placed in design teams to come up with ideas for a new Lower Debot. Their designs were solely focused on suggestions they received from students on campus. In the end, the plan entitled, “Revel at Lower”, created by Emily Ballweg and Brian Luscher, was chosen as the winning renovation design.
“I think the most challenging part of the design experience was getting all of our quotes from the manufacturers… It is time consuming because you have to wait for all of them to respond,” said designer Lindsey Penning.
“The most challenging part was getting started, working with everyone’s schedules, different levels of experience and initial commitment,” Luscher said.
Teammates Ballweg and Luscher were picked as the winning designers. While in the designing process, they paid attention to minor details inspired by the age group, social standpoints and concerns of comfort.
“With the target demographic being underage, we wanted to give them a space they could call theirs,” Luscher said.
“This design acts as a segue between living at home and their parents rec-room of traditional décor and contemporary design,” Luscher said.
Director of Dining Services, Mark Hayes, spoke of being on the outside looking in on the students’ hard work and designs.
“The student project teams did all the work, so this is all their credit… everyone in Dining was very excited about the individual proposals and the level of professionalism and creativity,” Hayes said.
Although the wining design has been picked, there are more steps to be taken before anything is official.
“Renovation costs are estimated at $500,000, so additional balloting, discussions with the Student Government Organization, the Dining Advisory Board, and the Resident Hall Association will need to proceed before any decisions are made,” Hayes said.