Missouri S&T students presented six potential designs for the future Rolla Animal Shelter prior to the Rolla City Council meeting on Monday, Dec. 4.     

The students created their designs as part of their Architectural Engineering course, taught by Dr. Stuart Baur, and Heath Pickerill. Each semester they try to encourage their students to be involved in the community and find a project to suit the needs of the residents.

“Who doesn’t love animals?” asked Dr. Baur in front of the councilmen and community members who attended the presentation. “I raised that question to my class and I didn’t find anyone who didn’t. We saw the animal shelter, we saw the need and it struck a chord in all of us.”

In total, 15 designs were created, and six were chosen to be presented Monday evening.

“It’s nice to see students who are enthusiastic about the project get involved and want to bring something to the community at large,” Dr. Baur added.

The six projects chosen, as listed in a previous release issued by the university were,

The Four Corners” concept: Based on the four points of service the animal shelter will cover – safety, animals, community and family. The concept was designed by Delsey Jett, a senior in architectural engineering and civil engineering from West Plains, Missouri, and Kristen Ross, a senior in architectural engineering from Rolla, Missouri.

The design featured the slogan, “Love is a four legged word.”

The “Rescue Me” concept: Based on the close proximity of the proposed shelter site to the Rolla Rural Firehouse and the understanding that the shelter will continue to serve the community in the care of its animals. The concept was designed by Mitchell Zimmerman, a senior in civil engineering and architectural engineering from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Robert Craft, a senior in architectural engineering from Liberty, Missouri.
 
The “A Light in the Darkness” concept: This reflects the idea that the animal shelter should serve as a place of transition of new beginnings. The concept was designed by Margaret Albert, a junior in architectural engineering from Jefferson City, Missouri; Baylee Godat, a senior in architectural engineering from Union, Missouri; and Madison Moore, a senior in architectural engineering from Jackson, Missouri.

Madison Moore, who presented her team’s design, said the project “was a lot of work, but was a labor of love.” Their design was focused on the question of “how would we have wanted our dogs to feel before they came to us?”  

The “Back to the Wild” concept: This design was based on the idea that the animal shelter is a place designed for going back to nature and finding the right type of balance between humans and animals. It was designed by Haiquan Zheng, a junior in mechanical engineering from Ashland, Missouri, and Mahir Kablic, a junior in architectural engineering from St. Louis.
 
The “Pet Town” concept: This design features the exterior architectural charm of a small-town main street that provides movement into an interior “pet town” that gives potential pet owners a quaint and comfortable experience. The concept was designed by Zach Lewis, a senior in architectural engineering from Palmyra, Missouri; Caleb Strickland, a senior in architectural engineering from Cape Girardeau, Missouri; and Emily Hutcheson, a junior in architectural engineering from Rolla, Missouri.
 
The “Animal Lodge” concept: Based on a lodge that features design elements inspired by traditional Japanese architecture. The concept was designed by Duncan Chappell, a senior in architectural engineering from Maryville, Missouri; Jonathan Cureton, a junior in architectural engineering from Rolla, Missouri; and Josh Insco, a senior in architectural engineering from Richwoods, Missouri.

Following the presentation, Mayor Magdits told the students, “Experiential learning is a part of Missouri S&T,” and the experience of working on this project will help them in life.