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Building Institute

The Building Institute is UL Lafayette’s integrated project delivery, design-build program. The program brings architecture students, architects, engineers and contractors together in the design and construction of single-family, market-rate homes. The homes are built on infill property in the urban core neighborhoods of Lafayette, Louisiana and then publically sold at a market-rate. Students work hand-in-hand with local contractors to build the homes which achieve sustainability standards such as the National Homebuilder’s Green Building Standard or LEED. The Building Institute is structured through a graduate design studio in the fall, a construction documents course in the spring and the construction course in the summer. Students receive academic credit for each course and in addition, several team leaders receive paid summer internships allowing them to accrue IDP credit. The Building Institute is not a simulation- it is hyper-reality. As architect-developers, the students become agents of change.
PROJECT CATEGORY : Small Projects

AO Garden Gazebo

Acadiana Outreach Center

Garden Gazebo

Lafayette, Louisiana

 

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In the Fall of 2003, the Center’s director, requested the help of the School of Architecture in designing a storage system to aid in organizing donations; however, as a result of several visits to the site–a city block full of sprawled and disconnected structures–the students and faculty observed a terrible contradiction: while the Center’s mission is “Giving People Back Their God-Given Dignity,” the physical environment and facilities were depressing, coarse, and spiritually degrading. After an initial master plan the students immediate began building small installations which eventually led to several large scale projects.

 

On the far-reaches of the campus, the garden gazebo provides a needed refuge for residents of the three half-way transitional houses. The gazebo was a catalyzing event in the development of the master plan. There was client interaction at all levels – in the design, lay-out, forming-up and finishing of concrete, the planting of jasmine and even the inauguration. In other words, the residents of the homeless shelter took ownership of the project. The project was also a catalyst for an intense clean-up and beautification campaign, initiated by the residents themselves after they experienced the success of the gazebo. The project was constructed for approximately $500 in spring 2004.

UL Lafayette School of Architecture and Design
PO Box 42811 . Lafayette, LA . 70504

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