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Archway Partnership, CED celebrate student work with one-day exhibit, reception

UGA’s Archway Partnership and the College of Environment and Design will hold an exhibit and reception featuring projects from their service-learning partnership. The event will be held Aug. 22 from 4:30-
6 p.m. in the main hall of the college’s new building, located at 285 South Jackson St. 

This summer, Archway connected four graduate and 13 undergraduate students with civic leaders, community members and government agencies from six Archway communities to work on a variety of projects, including landscape plans, gateway and entrance designs, trail design, streetscape design, and neighborhood and regional revitalization.  The communities involved were Clayton County, Hartwell-Hart County, Dalton-Whitfield County, Moultrie-Colquitt County, Hawkinsville-Pulaski County and Cairo-Grady County. Some of the projects included:

Megan Turner, a master’s student in landscape architecture,  provided design assistance to the Hart County government and the Hart County Industrial Building Authority—developing plans for walking trails at a new piece of property they purchased. The land will be developed as a third phase of Hart County’s Gateway Industrial Park complex.  

Xandy Powers and Sydney Thompson, undergraduates in the landscape architecture program, created designs for the Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department for the International Park. Their conceptual plans included the location of proposed site elements, such as walks, driveway, fencing, decking and general planting areas. They created a final scaled master plan showing the placement of the various landscape features and plants, along with specific types of plants, cost estimates and materials to be used. 

In Grady County, DaShan Williams, a master’s student in landscape architecture, worked with the Roddenberry Memorial Library on landscape design assistance for library grounds focusing on native plantings and/or xeriscaping possibilities. 

For the past seven years, Archway and CED have been working together to fulfill UGA’s land-grant mission. Through this partnership, Archway and CED have worked directly with communities to extend the university’s knowledge and expertise to Georgia counties facing significant issues related to economic and community development.