New Learning Commons Begins to Take Shape

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NDCL’s library buzzed with excitement on February 1, 2014 as more than 30 people joined architect Peter Bolek and his team from HBM Architects for a collaborative session to begin the design NDCL’s new Learning Commons.

Participants in the process—known as a charrette—included students, teachers, administrators, board members, alumni, parents, and friends of the school.

“Accompanied by professional architects, seasoned educators, successful entrepreneurs, and proficient tech specialists, and others, I felt as though I were walking alongside a cast of creative minds at the Red Carpet,” said sophomore Andrew Demeter, one of the 13 students who participated in the charrette. “The exchange of ideas between participants created tangible energy in the room.”

The schedule for the day included “mind-breaking” and “building-breaking” sessions designed to probe the group’s needs and to generate creative designs to meet those needs. Click here for the architectural firm’s summary of the day.

Student participants included sophomores Alex Balogh, Andrew Demeter, Lauren Ferrell, David Kozan, Dan Lennon, and Anne Schneeberger; and juniors Carmen Cameratta, Robert Ohly, Collin O’Neill, Mick Stanovsek, Erin Stewart, Molly Zoul, and Kennedy Westfall.

“I know when the new library is complete, I will be proud to say I was part of the original planning process,” Molly said.

Click here to read additional student perspectives about this experience. A photo gallery of the charrette is also available online.

Photo information:SKETCHING OUT A VISION – Junior Collin O’Neill shares his group’s ideas for the new NDCL Learning Commons during the design charrette on February 1, 2014.

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