Students from Marywood University’s School of Architecture will present six small temporary architectural pavilions from 5- 9p.m. on Friday, April 5, on Lackawanna County’s Courthouse Square in Scranton, as part of the First Friday Scranton Art Walk. Twenty-five architecture students designed and constructed the pavilions using sustainable design and construction practices. By building their own architectural designs, the students get an opportunity to test the ideas they are researching in the classroom.
A goal of the project is to use materials that lessen harm to the environment. In addition to researching environmentally-responsible building products, the students also collected excess materials from local companies. The students found innovative uses for leftover material from the manufacture of bathroom stall partitions from Scranton Products, Inc. and the vinyl sheet of a billboard advertisement from the sign company, King Outdoor. To lessen the environmental impact of the project, the students used photovoltaic solar panels as the energy source to power the lighting for the six pavilions.
“By presenting the pavilions to the public in Courthouse Square and by working with local companies, our students can share their research into environmentally-responsible architecture with the local community,” said Joseph Gluba, assistant professor of architecture.
The pavilions are sponsored in part by a grant from the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority (LHVA).
“We are very grateful to the LHVA for this financial award, as it will be used to directly support an important hands-on educational experience for our students,” said Greg Hunt, dean of the School of Architecture. “The results of which will be displayed to the public in the heart of downtown Scranton.”
The Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority has supported this project in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the National Park Service.
The pavilions will be presented along Spruce St. and Washington Ave. on Courthouse Square from Friday, April 5, to Sunday, April 7.
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