Greening the Orange County 4H Educational Facility

Worksite Location
Ithaca, Middletown
Faculty Sponsor
Jack Elliott
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Lucy Joyce
Stipend Amount
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County, Cornell Design and Environmental Analysis and a group of community volunteers will work together to manage the design and construction of the 4H Educational Facility at the Town of Mount Hope site in order to meet the certification requirements of the Living Building Challenge, a net-zero energy and water facility. In this way, this 54 acre site for the Education Center and 4-H Park will do more than simply host educational activities and events. It will be an educational site. All buildings will be designed as multi-use structures to maximize flexibility and durability. This 54 acre site will developed in three phases according to an overall masterplan. The first phase of this plan will include the major infrastructure requirements, a covered longspan structure, three pole barns and 2 show rings, wash rack, and manure storage. An ambitious schedule is to hold a 4-H Showcase on site July, 2015.

Roles and Responsibilities

Intern will play a pivotal role in assisting with the development of the project, including creating bio-audits of the site's wetland and forests, conducting sustainable building product and process research, developing the project's final program content, generating visual and written promotion and interpretive materials as well as assisting in coordination and communication with participating stakeholders. A specific design task will be part of the internship experience.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Must be a full-time CHE freshman, sophomore or junior. Graduating seniors are not eligible. Must meet NYS Department of Motor Vehicle requirement, if applicable.

Other qualifications:
DEA 4220/ARCH 4610

Benefits and Skills

1) Develop grounding in the field of green building through research and practice.
2) Engage in critical thinking by writing weekly blogs including criticism and synthesis.
3) Investigate a number of disciplinary perspectives including ecology, engineering, architecture, product design, and interiors in the various aspects of the project.
4) Apply explicit concepts to creative original project task to learn the connections between knowledge, research, and design.
5) Develop communication skills through written project descriptions, oral presentations for the assignments, and the keeping of a journal to document the project development process.
6) Work on interpersonal skills by witnessing, respecting and commenting on each other's works as well as sharing ideas, techniques, and research throughout the design and development process.
7) Incorporate various social and environmental ethical issues pertaining to the Orange County context into the design of the built environment.
8) Engage in self-directed learning by generating specific design resolutions to project tasks.