Gwinnett Tech Interiors Students Deliver Creativity and Sustainable Design Concepts to Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful

December 12, 2013

Gwinnett Tech Interiors Students Deliver Creativity and Sustainable Design Concepts to Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful

Gwinnett Technical College (GTC) Interiors students have teamed up and put their talents to the test to design an environmentally-friendly office space for Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful (GCB).

Three student teams from the Interiors program's advanced classes created comprehensive designs for the current GCB facility in Duluth, which includes offices, a classroom and meeting room, a break room and the recycling center.

"Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful brings people together to grow an environmentally responsible community and become lifelong environmental stewards," explains Connie Wiggins, executive director. "Our offices and recycling facility must reflect these concepts and inspire others to practice environmental stewardship every day. Visitors should begin their educational and inspirational experience the minute they enter our offices."

The student teams presented their designs last week to Wiggins and members of the Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful Board of Trustees, under the proud watch of Susan Arnold, GTC Interiors program director, and Douglas Westhoven, GTC Interiors instructor.

"This was one of the most amazing evenings that I have ever spent," said Wiggins after the presentations. "The students far exceeded our expectations. They listened, were attentive to all our needs and even identified some problems that I hadn't noticed."

Wiggins and the GCB board will now review all the design concepts and consider budgets and timetables to see which design proposals might be possible to implement.

GCB board members in attendance included Bartow Morgan, GCB Board Chair and CEO, Brand Bank; Dr. Dan Kaufman, President and CEO, Gwinnett Chamber; Pam Ledbetter, CEO, Accent Creative Group; Mary Root, Sugarloaf Women's Club; Butch Conway, Gwinnett County Sheriff; Chuck Button, CFO, Jacobs Engineering; Wayne Hill, Moreland Atbelli; and Ethel Andersen, attorney, Andersen, Tate & Carr.

Gwinnett Tech's Interiors program offers an associate degree, diploma and certificate in interior design, as well as additional certificate options in painted and faux finishes and in kitchen and bath design. The kitchen and bath design certificate is supported by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

In all, GTC offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate student options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.

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