American Studies

Wishing Well Water Stations

Water Station Design Competition Participants

Team Wishing Well (from left): Nina Gerona '15, Jen Kleindienst (Sustainability Coordinator), Bruce Strickland (Machine Shop), Tavo True-Alcala '15, Dave Strickland (Machine Shop), Brent Packer '15, and Madeleine O'Brien '16

 

As a part of its commitment to becoming a bottled water-free campus, Wesleyan University is continually seeking alternatives to hydrate the campus community.  The Sustainability Office, Center for the Arts' Feet to the Fire Initiative, the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and the College of the Environment co-sponsored a student competition to design a mobile water station in the 2012-3 academic year, which will be used at Reunion & Commencement, Homecoming/Family Weekend, and other outdoor events.

For the competition, student teams created designs for Wesleyan’s own water station.  Contest participants could work individually or in teams to develop designs for the water stations, following guidelines to ensure that the finished product would meet Wesleyan’s needs.  Students had the opportunity to consult with faculty, staff, and alumni to receive guidance as they created their designs.  The competition had two phases.  During the first phase, students created rough drawings of their water stations.  A panel of faculty, staff, and administrative judges evaluated drawings based on functionality, practicality, creativity, and buildability and offered suggestions for improvement.  Promising design submissions proceeded to Phase II.

Phase II teams elaborated on their initial designs, noting necessary materials and parts.  Teams worked closely with the Wesleyan Machine Shop to ensure that their designs were buildable.  A judging panel chose the winning team's design, The Wishing Well, which was built by the Machine Shop.  Team members freshman Mads O’Brien and sophomores Nina Gerona, Brent Packer, and Tavo True-Alcalá collaborated with the Machine Shop and the Center for the Arts on their design and developing signage.  The team members were honored with a $1,000 prize at an award ceremony in May 2013.