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April 16, 2014 10:34 AM

Conestoga students design for Habitat

A group of Conestoga design students applied their skills to a local Habitat for Humanity build as part of a seven-week Residential Studio course this past fall.

The second-year Bachelor of Interior Design (BID) students contributed concept designs for the interior of two Kitchener townhouses being built by Habitat for Humanity. While focusing on meeting the needs of the families who will live in the house, the students also added sustainable products and design strategies into their plans.

HabitatSt.jpg According to student Amy Meyers, the experience was a rewarding one.

"We got to work with our hands and learn how things are constructed," said Myers. "The experience gave us an opportunity to apply all of the information from our first-year classes about construction and materials."

Students worked with Keith Reycraft, principal of Orchard Design, who provided information on design considerations relating to residential construction and working specifically with Habitat. Reycraft also observed the final design presentations by students and offered feedback to each of the students.

In addition to working on design strategies, the students also worked at the build site on three separate occasions.

When the build was complete, students were invited to a Habitat for Humanity appreciation dinner to meet other Habitat volunteers and families.

For more information on the Bachelor of Interior Design, visit the website.

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