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Ai Colorado Students Create Designs for Local Library

By: Guest Blogger Filed under: Interior Design

January 7, 2016

When Pat Martin, the Digital Teacher-Librarian, at Stevens Elementary in Wheat Ridge, Colorado needed some design assistance she turned to an old friend—a buddy who happened to have graduated from The Art Institute of Colorado a few years earlier. “She got me connected,” Martin says.


Long story short that connection led to a group of nine students in Patrick Soran’s Presentation Techniques class in the Interior Design department. “They were eager to jump into a real, real-world design problem,” Soran says.

That problem was to bring some liveliness to a bland box library designed for pure efficiency. Soran broke the class into three teams: programming, measuring and photographing. The programming team interviewed Pat Martin and the school’s principal extensively to discover exactly what they needed and wanted. The measuring team documented the existing space, measuring it and developing AutoCAD floor plans and interior elevations. The photographers shot “before” images of the space.



After the students shared their information they prepared informal, desk presentations of their ideas. Since the class is focused on making presentations they then took their design ideas and crafted hand-built design boards. The following week each presented individually to a group of twenty five parents, teachers and administrators in the library at Stevens. “The designs are wonderful,” said one parent.

Designs ran the gamut from simple colors and signage to elaborate forest fantasies complete with student-created “forest friends.” Two students used Dr. Seuss books to create environments rich with images and inspirational quotations. One student created a trip back in time with vignettes of historic moments which would house books about that period. Another envisioned a trip into Alice’s Wonderland. “We are so honored that the students listened to our needs so carefully,” gushes Martin. “And responded so creatively.”

Martin set the boards up and created a voting system. Faculty, staff, parents, the library volunteers and the PTA voted to work together with student Juli Krueger-Andes*. Her concept is titled Eagle’s Nest. Krueger-Andes used the school’s mascot, an eagle, as a graphic symbol to help students find particular areas of the library. Using aspen-inspired wallcovering she turned a corner of the library into a retreat where adults and students both can work and read together. She selected adjustable tables that can be set to an adult’s or a child’s height. “I thought it was important to respond to everyone who uses the library,” Krueger-Andes says, “not just the kids.”


*Juli Krueger-Andes, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program.

Video source: Jeffco Public Schools In Colorado YouTube Channel


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By: Guest Blogger Filed under: Interior Design

January 7, 2016

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