Mound TAG students visit architect to help with the design of
their school's new addition.
Video by Gary Olsen
Mound TAG coordinator, Cyndie Nelson, trundled her young charges
off to Durrant Group the first day back from the holiday vacation.
Durrant Group is an architectural engineering firm that is in
charge of the Table Mound Elementary School addition which is
scheduled to be constructed within the next few months. The Talented
and Gifted Students have an architecture and design study unit
since Durrant is one of the schools' school/business partners.
Architects and engineers regularly teach design classes at the
school and have done so for several years.
to this opportunity, classes may have inspired the kids to design
houses or something more traditional, but when Vision Iowa money
was recently awarded the school expansion project, the firm and
the school couldn't resist such a wonderful opportunity.
interviewed people in the building to discover what they would
like to see in the new edition, and surprisingly, the plans of
the students weren't too different from what the professionals
came up with.
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with plans in hand line the hallway as they wait their turn to
make their presentations.
Eipperle, of the Durrant Group, covers his firms tentative building
plans with students.
(right) from Durrant Group, has been teaching Table Mound architecture,
design, and engineering classes for the past four years. She is
one of the District's shining stars in the School/Business Partnership
students were presenters featured in the video on this page.