IDEAS FOR BOOKSTORE CAFÉ
The visual equivalent of
a verbal brainstorming session took place at the former Dunlap's restaurant
site on Monday, March 6, when 40 individuals representing Trinity students,
faculty, staff, alumni, board of trustees, and community members gathered
for a charrette.
After touring the facility,
groups of six to eight participants grabbed colored pencils, markers, and
transparent paper to draw new walls, decks, interior furnishings, and placements
of tables and seating arrangements on enlarged copies of the building's
"We were incredibly encouraged
by the number of people who participated to make the new bookstore/café
into a place that fits both Trinity and the community's needs," said President
The charrette module
derives from a French system of architectural/planning education, where
a professor would pull a small wooden cart through the class to collect
drawings at the end of a working period. That cart, which held the sum
ideas and concepts, was called a charrette.
Community members included
Palos Heights Mayor Bob Straz and neighbors Barb and Jim Pasquinelli and
Joe McGee. Trinity board members Rich Schutt and alumnus Al Diepstra '71,
whose wife, Jan, is on the board, also attended. In addition, construction
consultant Dick Molenhouse added his expertise to the discussion.