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USI students, faculty collaborate on New Harmony Bicentennial House

November 13, 2012 | John Farless
John Farless
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For architect and University of Southern Indiana adjunct faculty member Rupert Condict, winning the 2011 Bicentennial House Design Competition in New Harmony is about opportunities for students. The competition was sponsored by Historic New Harmony and the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals or teams were invited to submit designs inspired by traditional Harmonist construction with emphasis on sustainable, energy-efficient, and affordable housing.

Condict is working with senior engineering major Joseph Hall on a special elective credit project through USI’s Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education completing construction drawings which Historic New Harmony will give to the town as part of its Bicentennial House Project. “It’s important to gain as much real world experience while in college as possible,” said Hall. “Whether it comes in the form of internships, work-study programs, or opportunities like this. The more experience I get, the greater the chance of getting a job after college and, more importantly, a job in my area of specialization.”

Additionally, students in USI’s Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer class taught by Dave Ellert, instructor in engineering and coordinator of engineering outreach, will focus on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning specifications.

The students and faculty will attend the New Harmony Town Council meeting on November 15 to present their work. Once construction documents are turned over to the town, the plans will be available to anyone seeking to build within the town limits or immediate area.

Ellert, Condict, and their students first visited New Harmony in the fall to kick off their semester of work on the Bicentennial House Project. They learned about New Harmony’s history and took a tour of the Atheneum/Visitor’s Center led by Todd Tichenor, maintenance mechanic with Historic New Harmony.

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