My proposal for a grant is for a remodel of our Community Center’s Restrooms. We are a small community of about 5,000 and our Community Center is an old 1940’s Art Deco Building. Many of us, and almost all our elders, are from overseas and at times fell homesick. Our Community Center is a place where many feel at home and gather to get to know each other better, helping establish a very close community. But unfortunately, due to years of abuse by the elements and daily use, our building is beginning to rot away. I, being an Architecture major, would like to help restore the building to its former glory and also because I can apply my knowledge of Architecture to re-design the restrooms to mimic the Art Deco era so that the building can maintain its rich history & Integrity while at the same time help our community.The restrooms however are not in a very good condition. The sinks are cracked; several soup dispensers are missing, and the lighting in very outdated and inefficient. With the knowledge I have gained in school and additional research I have done, I would be working with people in my community (friends, electricians, etc...) as a team to tackle the problems and restore the restrooms. Several of us are well taught in various construction & design fields and with all our knowledge put together, I feel we can complete this task. I estimated that the project would take about two weeks. It would take me two days to complete the design drawings and to do additional research on the Art Deco styled restrooms. I would work with an electrician in changing and adding energy efficient lights.The kitchen at the community center needs an oven, however, it will be used & bought from a local thrift shop. One of community leaders is a former construction worker, and said he can install some of the sinks and other components. These will have the Art Deco feel and will be fairly inexpensive. I would be the designer in charge of the remodel, and this I feel would greatly benefit me in the future when I become an Architect.
I have already received my A.A. degree in Architectural drafting and am a CAD technician working for a large firm that designs mainly schools. I feel that a small project such as this would help me gain leadership skills as well as allow me to apply my knowledge that I gained from the Architecture courses, such as energy-efficiency & environmentally friendly materials, into the Community. I have been studying green architecture for over a year and would love to have the opportunity to try and mix new energy-efficient and environmentally friendly methods with old architecture styles. I feel that this opportunity will help start a trend among the youths to restore our history without sacrificing our natural resources.
I plan on transferring to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in the fall of 2008 in order to receive my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Architecture. I have been accepted from Bakersfield College into UNLV’s second year Architecture design program. I plan on completing second and third year before my wedding. After my wedding, I plan on completing fourth year. Afterwards, I hope to join a firm called ‘The Fredrick P. Rose Architectural Fellowship’. It is a program that partners up young interning architects with non-profit organizations to help build low-income communities, but with good design. This is very interesting to me because the purpose of this program is not motivated by overall profit, but with making a difference to a community. This restroom remodel project is one step closer to achieving my goal. My dream of being an Architect and helping build homes and other projects for poor communities in countries all over the world, I feel starts here.