The Power of Design

The Power of Design

As a designer how do you know when you achieve good design? Is filling the program requirements or getting the right number of seats in a space enough? Is pairing the right shade of paint with the carpet the answer? Or is it something more? As I listened to the speakers at the dedication celebration for Ivy Tech Greencastle’s Center for Workforce and Economic Development, I was absorbed in their gowing enthusiasm and felt the magic of the power of good design. Their stories wove together like threads in a tapestry – each vibrant line intertwining with the next to create a fantastic whole cloth. From the Greencastle Mayor, Putnam County officials, State legislators, Greencastle business and industry owners, Ivy Tech Chancellor and Foundation, Students and faculty; all brought a passion and committment to the project to create a brighter future for Greencastle and the Wabash Valley Region. On to this visionary cloth was added the gift of the Rokicki wetland site that set the tone for the architectural solution. The expanses of glass invites the daylight in and warms the interplay of textures and colors that creates a welcoming space for all who enter the doors. From the first day of class, this commuter school with historically low campus population began to experience a curious phenomenom. The students came and they stayed; lingering to enjoy the many opportunties to learn, study, and collaborate. Five years in the making, the promise of a brighter future is clearly on its’ way. Congratulations Ivy Tech and Greencastle, Indiana! Submitted By: Janet Thomas

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