Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Change is good so it's time to say goodbye

"Change this, and this, and this. Then you're done. Actually, change these 7 things too, and don't forget...."
Sounds terrible but really, it makes everything that much better, change is good.

Change, according to Dictionary.com means to make the form, naturecontent, future course, etc., of  (something) different from what it is or from what it wouldbe if left alone. 

In essence, change can be good or bad, it is all what we make of it after the change has occurred.

So on my last post, I thought that I was almost done with my final assignment for the semester. Now, after 7 more hours of work, I believe it is complete. 

I had a great time selecting art and accessories for this project. It is something that I knew I needed to focus on from then beginning and so I did. 

It is crazy to me that this semester is over as of tomorrow. 

To change. That is what I am doing. I am changing the place I lay my head, I am going to live in a state other than the one I have lived in my entire life. I am going to work in a position that is not what I studied in college BUT is a huge passion of mine. I am moving 927 miles away from all my friends and family. 

I am going to work for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fl. I will work as a concierge in a Disney Resort and hope to bring more joy than one can image to all guest who I come into contact with. I can not image how any job could be better for me right now. 

Wish me luck. If you want to keep up with me, follow my disney blog Ariel and Disney!


Thursday, April 26, 2012

The semester is almost over but I honestly can't believe that I have two more classes and then it's done. No more studio. No more college. I'm done. Graduating. No more school...ever...kinda. I find learning fun so I'll be taking classes in Flordia. :)

Here is what I am working on my final weeks of studio!
These are a part of Construction Documents, a part we have not done before but I am loving it! There is a finishes plan and a furniture plan. They are both vital in the process of putting together a facility after all the designing is complete!

They are hard to see even at this scale, if you would like to view them larger just click on the image.

Questions and Comments are always welcome!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Looking back at the Fall

It's hard to believe that this is coming to an end but alas, the time has come!

Let's look back on last semester and how I got to where I am now...

Overall, I am beyond happy that I choose to design a Police Department. It sent me searching for information in places that I would never expect.

I visited the Benton County Jail, Washington County Jail, Fayetteville Police Department, and Bentonville Police Department.

One of the coolest things I found was at the Fayetteville Police Department. This is a storage unit for things as small as a toothpick to as large as an ice chest. The best part is how much space it saves by closing each shelving unit on it's self. It follows a track on the floor! They can be moved manually or electronically depending on the budget of the facility!

Another interesting excursion was to the jails. In Benton County I was actually allowed to go into a cell and take a few pictures so here are a few to ease your inquiring minds. Yes, they are as plain as you imagine.

One last thing that I did that was SO much fun was visit the Washington County Sheriff's Office. They have an on site shooting range and I had the opportunity to shoot a gun for the first time. Check out how I did!
I was scared....
...but it was just a computer program to start the training

This is how I did. Pretty good!!
Then we went outside and it was real.

That concludes the highlights looking back on last semester.
Comments are welcomed and appreciated!

Sunday, April 8, 2012


As this project is coming to a close I would like to share a few of my images.
Inside the break room. This image shows the main cabinets and sink area as well as a bar where officers can sit and read or eat during their break.

This is a section through the main corridor space. This shows two collaboration spaces where employees can break away from their usual work area but still be productive in a secure environment.

This is the gym space. There is also a connected area for physical training session.

Comments are welcome!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

New and Improved - Circulation

As I stated in the previous post, these are the NEW AND IMPROVED ff&e selections.

This is the update for the Circulation space.

The left side gives a general idea of what the wall will look like, paint above the chair rail and a wall covering below.
The art pieces will be used primarily in nooks and others throughout the halls between the sconces. Not all art in shown but this gives an idea of what the art will look like.
Luxury vinyl tile is used throughout the circulation space.
The lounge furniture at right will be used in nooks throughout the circulation space to serve as a break away from the standard workstation.

Questions and Comments are always welcome.
<3 - Ariel

New and Improved - Arrival

The next few posts will be about NEW AND IMPROVED ff&e selections.

This is the ARRIVAL space.

This shows the flooring pattern for the space.
The majority of the space is 18"x18" luxery vinyl tile. (LVT1& 2)
Each sitting area is broadloom carpet (CPT1) with a 4"x48" vinyl plank (VP1)  boarder.
All selections are in the image below labeled accordingly. 
The left side of the image shows the paint selections as well as the chair rail and cove base with the selected color.
The tall wall sconce lighting will be used in the reception window.
The linear sconce lighting will be used down the main corridor of the arrival space which includes the doors to the restrooms, elevators, and stair access.
The art selections at the top are to be used on the right side of the reception window.

Questions and Comments are always welcome.
<3 - Ariel

Friday, March 16, 2012

Let's take a look ahead...

In planning for my final presentation I have begun thinking about page layouts. This isn't until April 16th but it doesn't hurt to look ahead now does it?

I am considering using 11x17 boards because they are easy to travel with but I am questioning if everything will be visually large enough on this size board.

I always try to take something from every experience I have. When I think about junior presentations the critique that stands out in my mind is that the plan was either not large enough, not at a comfortable place for viewing, or not at a "normal" scale. I want to make sure I do NOT make any of these mistakes and that is why i question the 11x17 board. I might have to design the rest of the presentation around the board on which my plan will be placed. That is not a bad plan actually.

I plan on using a tan/beige matt board for my material boards because I feel like black will be to dark and white is easy to show an "oopsie."

My material selections are expanding but there is still more to do. That will be my goal over spring break.

This is a lot of words but that is how I think things out. I don't want to show a picture yet because, who doesn't like surprises!

</3 Ariel