have designs on Capistrano Hall lobby
the University decides to give the Capistrano Hall lobby a new look,
the inspiration might come from CSUS students. Music department
chair Ernie Hills tapped several interior design students to develop
detailed plans for the building's foyer.
Robin Eicher, a facilities management associate planner, says workers
have only slightly renovated Capistrano Hall's foyer since 1967,
replacing doors and carpeting.
Hills says the 36-year-old music building needs an update. And as
the site of 200 concerts per year, it gets a lot of use. "Going
to a concert is a social event for people," he says. "A
lot of the community comes to the building. I would like to make
the building much more attractive, much more welcoming."
Hills recalls that he and design department professor Carolyn Gibbs
were casually discussing how the music building's lobby needed updating,
an idea Hills says he and other faculty have toyed with before,
"We're always on the lookout for ideas."
A few months later, Gibbs approached Hills to ask if some of her
students could use Capistrano Hall's space as a template for a design
project. Hills was very enthusiastic. "This is great, the kind
of thing I absolutely get excited about," he says. "This
project was easy to say yes to."
Gibbs' advanced computer-assisted design class and professor Jill
Pable's presentation techniques class merged to create 10 groups.
Within each group, some students produced the architectural designs.
Other students were responsible for the color-rendered perspective
drawing of specific spaces.
The students received about four weeks to prepare their designs.
Pable notes that this amount of time is less than what designers
would receive in the business world.
Once the students finished their projects, they formally presented
their work to Hills, faculty members and architects including Michael
Patrick from Nacht and Lewis Architects. Patrick says he was impressed
at how well the groups worked together. "They all seemed pretty
competent. I was pleased," he says.
Hills says he was amazed at the talent the students demonstrated.
He says, "I enjoyed the way some of them tied together the
two buildings. They made it more like a single, unified building."
One group of designers mentioned how they saw the inside of Capistrano
Hall as "more than an educational building," recognizing
its use to students and the community. Others planned skylights
to bring in the outdoors.
Hills liked the ideas. "All of them were really good. I saw
several ideas that could work. They were very thought-provoking,"
he says. However, just as in the real world, Gibbs says that if
funding does become available in the future, Hills and the music
department aren't locked into choosing one of the 10 designs. They
can go outside the University and talk with outside agencies. "Hills
has the client's prerogative," Gibbs says.