Archive for Thursday, February 19, 2004

Arts center committee visits KSU; reviews designs with students

February 19, 2004

The Lumberyard Arts Center committee spent Friday in school.

Committee members traveled to Kansas State University to touch base with the architecture students who are working on possible designs for the downtown arts center.

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"It was very interesting to see 13 different ideas," committee member Diane Niehoff said. "There were a number of different little things that we kind of pulled from each one.

"I felt like it was an exciting, worthwhile day," she said. "I just felt like it was a wonderful opportunity."

The committee's visit to Manhattan marked the halfway point of the students' design projects. The architecture class visited Baldwin at the end of January to see the lumberyard and the town and visit with committee members to get an idea of what was wanted.

Friday's trip allowed the committee and students to discuss how the project was progressing.

"They wanted to get input from the committee to see if they were on the right track," committee member Sandy Cardens said. "The purpose was really to help them to see if they're meeting the needs we require or want."

Cardens said she thought the trip was beneficial, and it was a good opportunity for the committee to see some of the students' ideas.

"They came up with some really interesting designs," she said. "There were things I thought were pretty cool."

The K-State students now only have a couple of weeks to complete their designs -- with the changes that were suggested by the committee -- before they return to Baldwin with their final projects.

Cardens said on March 6, the students will present their completed designs to the town. The public is invited and encouraged to attend at least some of the two-session presentation at the Baldwin City Public Library. She said half of the designs will be presented by the students from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The rest of the designs will be presented beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Friday's trip ended up being more than just a visit to K-State. Niehoff said the committee also visited the Manhattan Arts Center, which had been converted from a grocery store.

"To me it was very encouraging," she said.

Cardens agreed and said it was beneficial to see how the arts center built its theater and gallery.

"Overall, I think it was a good trip," she said.

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