SCIENCE of ARCHITECTURE Amy Van Gessel ’14 is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, where she is pursuing a Master of Architecture and Master of Science in heritage conservation and preservation. The College of Design at the U of MN sponsors a design-build project that is ultimately displayed at the Minnesota State Fair. In 2015, Amy was rewarded a unique opportunity as her design was chosen. With the assistance of mechanical engineering graduates, who provided their expertise and help constructing the shelter, they created a functional and usable project. The shelter was modular and built for Metro Transit, with a small footprint suited to constrained sites and integrating solar power generation. The write-up stated, “Bringing sustainable energy sources to shelters in a cost-efficient manner can advance Metro Transit’s ability to provide light, lit advertising panels, real-time information and even heat at these shelters.”
Solar Bus Shelter Prototype was featured at the State Fair in St. Paul, Minn. Currently, the prototype is being housed in storage awaiting its final destination. Photo by FarmKid Studios.
Amy is an interior design alumna of Adrian College and currently works for MacDonald & Mack Architects in Minneapolis.
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