CCAD Student Designs New Downtown Bus Shelters

December 3rd, 2011 by Katlin McNally
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Michael Young's concept design.

Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) students, through a class project, have been partnering with the The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)  to redesign the downtown business district bus shelters. Recently COTA announced their final decision: choosing the winning design from amongst the three finalist.

Michael Young, a senior in Industrial Design, had his design concept chosen after a community-wide voting process.

The partnership between COTA and CCAD began in a Contemporary Issues in Design class when COTA asked 12 students to submit design proposals for the new shelters.

The designs had to incorporate innovative materials, sustainable or “green” features, protection from the elements, and had to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The shelter also had to complement the urban environment and serve as an attractive focal point.

Three finalist stand awaiting the decision on which design will be used

Out of the initial 12 designs, three were selected as finalists: senior Industrial Design majors, Lyndsye Maez,  Joe Washington, and Young. These three designs were presented to the public who were encouraged to provide  input throughout the month of August.

“Their final decision fell right in line with the public’s choice,” said Beth Berkemer, public and media relations manager at COTA.

This partnership with COTA  is one of several business partnerships that CCAD is involved with. The college has worked closely with the the Ohio governor’s office, Easton Town Center, and Huntington Bank in recent projects that provide students with real-world experience as creative professionals.

“The value of experience like this for students is that they’re able to generate ideas that have an impact on the community where they live, work, and play,” said Kevin Conlon, vice president for academic affairs.

The bus shelters are projected to be in place by the end of 2012.

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