Research and Outreach

2004 Place Projects

Fall Semester

Ringland-Smeltzer House, Fort Dodge, Iowa
Associate Professor Maruja Torres-Antonini

Department of Art and Design
158 College of Design
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-3092 

Initiated in mid-2004 by Professor Torres, this ongoing project addressed development of a house museum at the historic Ringland-Smeltzer House in Fort Dodge. The project has involved faculty and students from several disciplines within the College of Design to address museum development and historic preservation, and collaboration with Greenlee School of Journalism faculty and students toward creation of a marketing communications plan. Additional faculty involved have included Cigdem Akkurt, interior design; Tim Borich, community and regional planning; Lisa Fontaine, graphic design; and Arvid Osterberg, architecture. Peter Butler, landscape architecture, will begin a new project for landscaping the grounds and historic district in fall 2006.

Greene County Extension Building Planting Design
Christopher Seeger, ISU Extension landscape architect and assistant professor 

Research Assistant:
Katarzyna "Kate" Grala 

Department of Landscape Architecture
146 College of Design
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-3094 

Under Seeger's direction, Grala developed a planting design for the front of the Greene County Extension building in Jefferson.

Greene County Fairgrounds Entryway Plan
Fall 2004/Spring 2005 

Faculty:
Christopher Seeger, ISU Extension landscape architect and assistant professor 

Department of Landscape Architecture
146 College of Design
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-3094 

This project involved a site visit and brief presentation of recommendations for what to do with concrete pillars along the main entrance and to consider developing a master plan for the Greene County Fairgrounds in Jefferson. 

Red Oak, Iowa
Murphy Calendar Company Building Charrette Facilitation

Fall 2004 

Faculty/Staff:
Lois Warme, ISU Extension specialist and associate professor, interior design
M. Susan Erickson, PLaCE program coordinator
Norm Riggs, ISU Extension community development specialist 

ISU Extension Design
126 College of Design
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-3091 

Warme and Erickson organized two "charrettes," or intensive design exploration and planning sessions, for stakeholders from Red Oak to receive input from various Iowa State University experts in charting the direction for a major development project at the Thomas D. Murphy Calendar Company building. Riggs faciliated both sessions, which were held at Iowa State. Other faculty and staff involved in the charrettes included Dan Henroid, food service and lodging management; Chris Cook, human development and family studies; Mark Engelbrecht, dean of the College of Design; Arvid Osterberg, architecture and gerontology; Tim Borich, community and regional planning and Institute for Design Research and Outreach; Maruja Torres, interior design; Pam Iasevoli, interior design; Tanya Zanish-Belcher, ISU Library archive and research; and Lynette Pohlman, University Museums. 

Worth County, Iowa
Worth County Fairgrounds Master Plan

Summer 2004 

Faculty:
Christopher Seeger, ISU Extension landscape architect and assistant professor 

Research Assistant:
Katarzyna "Kate" Grala 

Department of Landscape Architecture
146 College of Design
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-3094

Seeger worked with graduate assistant Grala to develop a master plan for the Worth County Fairgrounds in Northwood that included a demonstration garden, walking trails, entrance gate and arboretum. Four design plan options were developed and presented as three-dimensional computer drawings in the final plan.