Residents of Petersburg and Albion joined active and retired architects, architectural professors and other guests in Lincoln’s old City Hall on April 28, 2010 to review innovative and eco-friendly designs for a new grocery store/grocery warehouse in Petersburg.
The designs were created by third- and fourth-year students from the UNL College of Architecture. They are intended to be affordable, energy-efficient and to utilize locally available materials.
Under the direction of German eco-architect and UNL professor Martin Despang, 13 student architects have spent the past semester developing designs for a new food center in Petersburg, along with a community gathering place in St. Edward, and a possible school/community performing arts center in Albion.
These students continued the “re-pioneering” work started in the fall when Despang’s 15 fifth- and sixth-year students developed 45 designs for downtown Albion.
The performing arts center and grocery store designs are currently on display in the lobby of the Wells Fargo Bank building in downtown Lincoln. Later this month, the models will be brought to Boone County for area residents to view.
Anyone having questions may contact project coordinators, Paul and Lori Hosford, at 402-395-6727.