CED interns finalize projects for communities

August 23, 2016

By Sara Hand

Four interns from the UGA College of Environment + Design along with two graduate assistants worked with the Archway Partnership during the summer to help Georgia communities with landscape design and historic preservation efforts.

Tyler Barron shares design concepts for Hartwell Reserve park.

Tyler Barron shares design concepts for Hartwell Reserve park.

Tyler Barron, an undergraduate CED intern, worked with the City of Hartwell to design an entryway for Hart State Park. Throughout the summer, Barron worked with the Mayor of Hartwell, Brandon Johnson, and City Manager, David Aldrich, to develop a design that would connect to aspects of the entryway already in place but provide vision for the park’s future. He also helped them to create various naming options for the park, the final of which became Hartwell Lakeside. Barron incorporated the look of the City’s new logo, designed by former Archway Partnership graphic design intern, into his design for the entryway signage, helping to connect various recent Hartwell projects into one image.

Kiley Aguar discusses drawings for Grady County's Barber Park with CED faculty Brian LaHaie.

Kiley Aguar discusses drawings for Grady County’s Barber Park with CED faculty Brian LaHaie.

Additional efforts for outdoor recreation areas were requested in Grady County for Barber Park which currently features ball fields, tennis courts and playgrounds. Using community input, graduate student Kiley Aguar developed a conceptual diagram detailing future entrance locations, hiking/biking trails, playground with outdoor adult fitness equipment, splash pad, building for the Recreation Department and a multipurpose gymnasium.

Mary Beth Wortham reviews streetscape designs for St. Luke's Church in Hawkinsville with CED faculty Brian LaHaie and Alfie Vick.

Mary Beth Wortham reviews streetscape designs for St. Luke’s Church in Hawkinsville with CED faculty Brian LaHaie and Alfie Vick.

Additional landscape efforts were completed for Pulaski and Washington counties by CED graduate students Roger Bledsoe and Mary Beth Wortham. The two developed concepts for space planning and additional parking in Hawkinsville’s Broad Street area, requested due to the removal of a house to make room for a new community center at St. Luke’s Church. The space planning will allow for more parking to be shared between the church and local favorite, AB’s Barbeque. For Washington County, the pair is finalizing a new downtown streetscape concept for the city of Tennille.

Roger Bledsoe shares first sketches of streetscape improvements for downtown Tennille.

Hawkinsville-Pulaski County received further assistance by graduate student interns Olivia Head and Shannon Winterhalter. The two worked with the Deacons and Stewards Association to help efforts to list the Lumpkin Street School on the National Register of Historic Places. The students, along with the Deacons and Stewards Leadership team met with Melissa Jest, African American Programs Coordinator for the State Historic Preservation Office, on July 28 to present their work plan and discuss funding opportunities with the state office. In August, the students will prepare a preliminary request for justification of the Lumpkin Street School on the National Register of Historic Places.

Shannon Winterhalter and Olivia Head review their work for Pulaski County's Lumpkin Street School and a survey of downtown historic Metter in Candler County.

Shannon Winterhalter and Olivia Head review their work for Pulaski County’s Lumpkin Street School and a survey of downtown historic Metter in Candler County.

Head and Winterhalter also provided their expertise to the Candler County Archway Partnership by preparing an inventory of historic local businesses and landmarks in downtown Metter. Their work will be incorporated into a master plan for downtown by Jamie Riggs, Metter/Candler Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development Authority Executive Director.

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