On February 6, a team of students from Addison Middle School presented their architectural project to an audience of peers, teachers, administrators, parents, architects and invited guests at the Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium. The focus of the Architectural Awareness program is to teach middle school students about the field of architecture by involving them in adaptive re-use design project on a building within their community. Each school group is partnered with a local architect who, along with their teacher, acts as a mentor throughout the project. The Addison Middle School students and teacher Mr. Palko worked with Ethan Smith from Hunt Engineers, Architects and Land Surveyors. For their project, the team developed plans to refurbish an old local restaurant, adding some small shops as well as a bowling alley and arcade to the surrounding property. They used the field behind the shops to create a drive-in theater for use in the summer months. The proposal that they presented included models and drawings of the site.
The Architectural Awareness Program is a collaborative effort between Career Development Council, the American Institute of Architects (Southern NY Chapter), The Triangle Fund, Corning Incorporated and Hunt Engineers, Architects & Surveyors.