In February 2005, 11 Texas A&M architecture students in
professor George Mann’s design studio shared their visions
for the future of Scotty’s House Child Advocacy Center
in Bryan, Texas.
The organization provides sexually and physically abused children
in the Brazos County area with a supportive, nurturing environment
while authorities investigate their cases. In 2004, the agency
served 418 children.
According to Scotty’s House executive director Linda Patton,
the organization has outgrown its current facility and more space
is needed to meet current and future demands for its services.
“In their designs, the students strived to maintain the
human scale and coziness of the existing facility while provided
more, much needed space, said Mann, the Ronald L Skaggs Endowed
Professor of Health Facility Design at the Texas A&M College
of Architecture. “Furthermore, the students were challenged
to design Scotty's House as a self-sustaining facility in an
era of limited resources and major trends toward green architecture.”
“This project was an excellent learning vehicle for the
architectural design students,” Mann continued. “It
involved a real site, a real client and a challenge to deal with
a very complex and difficult subject.”
One of only 52 child advocacy centers in Texas, Scotty’s
House was founded in 1995 to provide a supportive and nurturing
environment where a child victim can interact with the necessary
agencies. The non-profit organization and this project were dedicated
to the memory and honor of Scotty Linerode, who was shot to death
by his father seven months after being abducted from his daycare
center, in 1982.
“Working with professor Mann and his students has been
a wonderful opportunity to see the dreams of our board, staff
and partner agencies become architectural designs we hope will
become a physical reality in the near future,” said Patton.
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