Team 3 students from Independence, Franklin and Page High Schools in Williamson County, TN recently met with Diane Thorne of the TMA Group as well as with Paul Holzen, Emily Hunter and Jonathan Marston of the City of Franklin to present a transit plan for Williamson County that would coordinate with the proposed transit plan in Davidson County.
Team leaders for this group of students include Rachel McKinley of Johnson Johnson Crabtree and Scott Sims of Turner.
Students on Team 1 come from MLK Magnet School and Lead Academy in Nashville, TN.
Our students just finished a design charrette for their ideas on motion. They cast the net wide on their ideas for the River North marina (pun fully-intended.) We are alternating meeting at MLK and Lead Academy every other week because transportation has proved to be pretty prohibitive to the Lead Academy students.
Next week we are going to do our adjacency study and diagramming. After Monday, we will break out into the disciplines. We’re trying a new strategy this year to make it a little bit more fun for the mentors and to help foster the relationships that students and mentors seem to want. We’re hoping to let the mentors collaborate a bit more alongside the students in their process rather than passively watching, and I think it is proving to be more fun and engaging for both sides.
Update provided by David Meek of Brasfield & Gorrie-Team Leader
Team 9 consists of students from Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, TN
This semester our students are focusing on classroom sessions to further develop our design and prepare for the presentation in April. We are encouraging the students to think of motion outside of transportation and many great ideas were generated. The students energy, engagement and team work is awesome this year.
Next week we will sketch our final design and expand on particular details within the main structure. As of now, the students plan to elaborate on a rotating restaurant and incorporate a few possible designs of an aquarium, speakers (sound waves) and a potential fitness area.
Summer Butler of Layton Construction is a mentor for Team 9
Team 4 consists of students from schools in Davidson County, Tennessee
Team 4 is working on their project of a transit oriented development. They’ve evaluated the current mayor’s plan and selected a new site for development. They are currently firming up their program to really define what is included in their project. The most exciting part of this though is that this past Monday we took them all on a field trip to ride the Music City Star! We explored around the Riverfront station, then rode the train to Donelson, and explored a bit of that area so they could compare/contrast to help them determine what should be included in their project. Plus, it was just fun as none of the students had ever been on a train before.
Jill Romano of ESa-Team 4 mentor and ACE board member
Team 5 consists of students from Metro Nashville Public Schools:
Team 5 is currently in the process of designing a transit hub as part of the Let’s Move Nashville initiative. Our last meeting focused on developing 2 separate design concepts for the project with the hopes of the ideas converging into 1 cohesive design project during our next meeting. Moving forward we will focus on translating the design into a 3d environment and integrating different building systems (HVAC, electrical, structural) and working through an abbreviated pricing exercise to understand the cost impact that a project of that type/scale might have. The culmination for the project will *hopefully* be a 3d model that is able to be experienced in VR using the Oculus Rift.
Terrance Perdue-Gresham Smith & Partners; Mentor for Team 5
Team 3 includes students from Williamson County Schools, including Centennial, Franklin and Page high schools.
The students are well underway in their end of year project following a semester full of rotating office visits. They have explored the roles of a design and construction team member and used exercises at each office visit to delve into the relationship between these teams. Most recently, the students gathered to celebrate a great start to the year and hit the bowling lanes for a little bonding time!
Halie Johnson, Johnson Johnson Crabtree-Mentor for Team 3