Design-Build Project at Raymond Russell Park

(November 9, 2007) -- The month of October marked the completion of a major milestone for the College of Architecture with the dedication of the Raymond Russell Park Pavilion 1 project – the focus of Diane Hays’ Design/Build Studio. This project was inaugurated in the fall of 2005 when Hays pitched the idea to County Commissioner Lyle Larson to partner with her 4th year architecture studio to enhance park facilities at Raymond Russell Park. The renovations and addition to pavilion 1 was designed and constructed by Hays’ studio over 4 semesters and was officially dedicated by Commissioner Lyle Larson on October 24th. At this event, Larson expressed his gratitude to Hays and her students for creating a great park facility through their design build efforts as he conferred certificates of appreciation for all students who had participated in the project. Local print and television media were present to record the event and interview students and Hays. Texas Architect published an article on the design-build process in its November/December issue.

County officials also announced the Design/Build Studio’s next project – the design and construction of an educational nature trail for a 3.5 acre site at Raymond Russell Park. Plans for this facility have been the focus of Hays’ studio during the fall semester with actual construction scheduled for the fall of 2008. Hays is a senior lecturer in the College of Architecture and teaches in both Architecture and Interior Design Programs.

The College of Architecture would like to thank the following program donors and professional partners who helped make this project a reality – Bexar County Parks Staff, Jamail & Smith Construction, WSC Structural Engineers, Cleary Zimmermann Engineering, Best Buy Childrens’ Foundation, Monterrey Iron and Metals, Eureka Sheet Metal, Thomas Reprographics, Alamo Aircraft, Ltd., John Grable Architects, Inc., Allbrite Construction, Arias & Associates.


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