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2013 ”Wood Competition” Winners Announced

Photo of model by Krystal Duchene

This Spring the second year students, directed by Profs Justin Miller, Robert Sproull and Doug Burleson, were involved in the design of a 12,000 square-foot  branch library in the mill town of Bibb City, Georgia as part of the school’s annual “Wood Comp.” The site for this project is the original location of the Bibb Mill, which at its peak was the largest textile mill in the country. The Mill supported an urban neighborhood of small bungalows, and community center, a school, and modest commercial development two and half miles north of the Columbus, Georgia city center, which still remains now that the mill is gone. The Columbus river walk expands to this area, along with the new urban white water rafting venue that is opening late this spring. As a result Bibb City is an area that could see future economic growth and expansion.

View the Gallery of 2013 Winners

The students were asked to consider the role of a library as a public space, and through the notion of a branch library, to consider its role within its specific context or community. The studio traveled throughout the region to view examples of contemporary library designs as well as to gain insight into the changing role of this public institution. The use of wood as a structural system or important component of the design was encouraged. 

This year marks the 48th year of the competition, which is generously supported by the Alabama Forestry Association (AFA). As part of the partnership with the AFA, a site visit to Structural Wood Systems factory in Greenville, Alabama was coordinated providing students an opportunity to see the process involved in the production of engineered wood structural systems. Winners of the 2013 competition are:  First Place, Kyle Kiersey; Second Place, Timothy Fuerst; Third Place, George Criminale.  Honorable Mentions were awarded to the following:  Lia Bernhardt, Kaylee Bruce, Krystal Duchene, Valyn Daconto.