Support for student community gazebo sought

Members of the Katy Prairie Restoration Committee at Cy-Fair College are seeking sponsorships and material donations for a fall college and community gazebo project.

“Founded on incorporating the principles of environmental stewardship and active learning, Cy-Fair College has created a physical and academic environment that is a point of pride as well as a model for interdisciplinary collaboration,” said Ted Lewis, committee member and Dean of Science and Public Services. “The gazebo will serve as an outdoor learning environment and a community meeting space.”

While students in architecture courses submitted design choices, students in a building and construction course will construct the gazebo as a final class project. Cy-Fair College students in collaboration with Cy-Fair area Boy Scouts will also design and maintain the landscaping.

The gazebo will be located in the quadrangle area west of the Cy-Fair College Branch Library on the Barker Cypress campus and serve as a focal point for the college and the community.

“This large multi-purpose gazebo will be utilized for campus events, college classes, library storytelling, outdoor performances and community meetings,” said Lewis.

PBK Architects and Gilbane Building Company have already donated their services to certify the design and provided an estimation of construction materials. Now the Katy Prairie Restoration Committee is seeking additional sponsorships and material donations in preparation of the fall student gazebo project. Not only are the supplies and monies donated tax-deductible, donors will receive recognition with a plaque on the gazebo.

For information, contact Lewis at 281-290-3989 or go online to cyfair.lonestar.edu/goto/gazebo. 

About Katy Prairie Restoration Committee
This auxiliary committee assists with environmental issues on the Cy-Fair College campus. In 2003, the committee successfully raised funds to place more than 2,700 trees on the new Barker Cypress campus. The committee continues to play an integral part in planning and development of environmental campus projects. In 2006, a collaborative environmental interpretative project for plant identification signs included biology students in the identification process, welding students to create the signs and  Geographical Information Systems students to geo-reference site to create a sign location map. For information on other projects, contact Tim Sebesta at 281-290-3918.