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WVU landscape architecture program to host annual charrette focusing on ‘gateway to Elkins’

Elkins landscape project

WVU landscape architecture students will meet with alumni in Elkins to focus on creating a new "gateway" to the city. 

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What’s the news?
West Virginia University landscape architecture students and alumni will come together for an alumni charrette on March 1 and 2 to focus on creating a more vibrant landscape for the city of Elkins. Their efforts will be centered on Railroad Avenue, including the gateway corridor and open spaces along the corridor in the historic railyard.

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“A primary learning outcome of our alumni charrette is to expose our students to a professional-level experience. Typically, in a studio setting, they might spend several weeks on a project, analyzing different elements of the process, but during the charrette, they’ll be forced to draw a concept very quickly for the client.”  —Peter Butler, associate professor of landscape architecture in the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and WVU Extension Specialist 

“This area is a great focal point in our efforts. It certainly serves as the gateway to Elkins for both tourists and residents. Main Street envisions a vibrant, livable downtown, and that first impression – or even daily impression – can add a lot to that.” —Mike Bell, president of Elkins Main Street Board of Directors

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Target audiences
City and community planners

Municipal governments

Community revitalization organizations

CONTACT: Nikky Luna; WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design