Austin Community College students competed for a second year in the Austin, Texas-area Barkitecture competition, designing and building a doghouse. They won their division while raising $740 for animal rescue charities. Hundreds of hours of combined student effort took the project from sketches, to design reviews, to CAD drawings (REVIT models), and finally construction — with mostly donated materials.
The students’ project was pitted against another college’s entry in the nonprofit division, with the doghouse receiving the most donations through raffle ticket sales becoming the winner.
“Our dog house out-raised the other dog house by about 2 to 1,” reports Douglas Smith, department chair of architectural and engineering computer-aided design. It was also the third-highest money raiser in the entire event.
The college’s ASEE chapter has also been running a food drive for Austin’s Capital Area Food Bank.