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Student assists with council chambers redesign
Saturday, April 28, 2012
INDIANA - Courtney Challingsworth of Penfield worked with Indiana Borough Council to redesign its chambers as part of an interior design course at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
The daughter of William and Lori Challingsworth, she is a graduate of DuBois Area High School.
She was one of 36 students who worked in teams to create a comprehensive design plan. Each team was required to meet with Jeff Raykes, Indiana Borough manager, to discuss the functional needs of the council chambers.
"Government needs to be welcoming and transparent," Raykes said. "We're looking at an overall better use of the space."
Students created conceptual diagrams, a color-rendered floor plan, four perspective drawings and summary specifications including finishes, furniture, flooring and wall coverings. Each group presented its unique design to Indiana Borough personnel.
"Students love the fact that the space really exists," said Julie Gomboc-Turyan, professor of interior design. "This is absolutely a great portfolio piece."
Challingsworth is a member of IUP's chapter of the American Society for Interior Designers.
Members of the class also recently participated in a department-wide project to benefit the CARE Center of Indiana County, a center that advocates for abused children and helps to reunify families affected by child abuse.
Six faculty members in the human development and environmental studies department and 15 students, in addition to the students in Gomboc-Turyan's class, offered more than 300 hours of service for the project. This included gathering donated items and raising funds to purchase items for the center, including toys and furnishings.
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