June 6, 2013
Several Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) students in the Architecture and Interior Design programs gained some real-life experience about timelines, sequencing tasks and working with clients on renovations when they decided to improve the function and ambiance of the Third Floor Student Lounge of the college’s Center for Applied Learning and Technology.
Students in AACC’s Interior Design program and National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) student group approached the renovation as a typical community service project, with the additional step of meeting with AACC’s facilities department:
• The group outlined concepts, found materials from the community and met with facilities in early 2012;
• Students learned the college had a process for making changes that involved submitting a project service request and getting approval from a facilities board;
• Realizing they would have to carry over the project into the next academic year, students used 2012 club funds to purchase paint, barstools and other supplies;
• Once approved, implement the project, including painting the mural between the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters. The project was completed in spring 2013.
Working on the project were students in AACC’s Interior Design program and NKBA:
• Tiffany Bernstein of Baltimore
• Criselda Cereno of Edgewater
• NKBA Chapter President Tracy McGuinness of Annapolis
• Keli Raiford of Odenton
• Paula Shantzis of Arnold
• Cathy Terranova of Annapolis and
Students in AACC’s Architecture program, all members of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) club:
• Frederick Gramlich of Pasadena
• Bernard Jeffers of Severna Park and
• Michelle Wildes of Severna Park.
AACC received support from the business community:
• Mark White of Kitchen Encounters, who teaches part-time at AACC, helped the group find other industry support and helped with installation.
• In-Home Stone, a local stone yard, provided the stone for the countertops and installed them.
• The Appliance Source donated a microwave.
The project was a collaborative one on campus, too, with input coming from:
• Matt Klos, chair of AACC’s Visual Arts department
• Michael Ryan, chair of the architecture and interior design department
• Maury Chaput, executive director of administration
• AACC Facilities staff who provided support for the counters and rearranged electrical outlets
• Janet Haddock, instructional specialist for architecture, interior design and construction management, who helped keep the project moving as the faculty adviser for the NKBA student group.