Medcamp's Larkin Gibbs Memorial Pavilion. Photo courtesy Arch 335.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recognized winners of the 2016 I Look Up Film Challenge, a competition of short films about architectural solutions.  Of these, Brad Deal, assistant professor of architecture at Louisiana Tech University, took the grand prize with his film, Arch 335: Rebuilding Medcamps. The film was recently featured at the SXSW in Austin and will be shown at the Architecture & Design Film Festival in Washington DC in the spring.

The film captures the collaboration of the Arch 335 Design Build Studio as they provide quality design and give new life to Medcamps of Louisiana, a non-profit organization offering summer camp experiences to children with a variety of special needs. Arch 335 is the design build studio of Louisiana Tech University lead by Robert Brooks and Brad Deal. In 2014, the studio partnered to build annual projects with Medcamps.

Darrell Burgess, an associate at TEG Architects and graduate of Louisiana Tech, was involved in the development of Medcamp’s Larkin Gibbs Memorial Pavilion project featured in the film. This project, which marked the first project in the partnership, gave the students a chance to solve the problem of providing a large, outdoor gathering space while keeping accessibility in mind.

"Through this project, we gained an exceptional understanding of the fundamentals of construction documentation. At the same time, we were given the opportunity to improve the quality of life through design. It was truly inspiring."
 - Darrell Burgess, Associate - Architecture, TEG Architects

The resulting pavilion successfully captured the summer camp experience for those that rarely find such an opportunity. The facility, which frames the view of the camp’s lake, provides a noise barrier while also serving to circulate water from a nearby stagnant pond.

Even though this project is of smaller scale, it continues to have such an impressive and lasting impact on those it serves. It also functions to remind those that architecture and design can answer some of the issues we see in the world.

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