By Kerry McCulloug...

October 1, 2017

Pelican Bay

The College of Architecture is pleased to announce the Great Plains Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has awarded this year’s Galapagos Islands study abroad students an Honor award for their “Pelican Bay Waterfront: Contagion to Community Sanctuary” service-learning project.

This service-learning project is located in the small and tight knit harbor town of Puerto Ayora on the Santa Cruz Island, the second largest of a chain of 13 islands in the Galapagos, 600 miles off the coast of South America and the country of Ecuador.

After several community meetings, an extensive site inventory and site analysis, the faculty-led student team devised a master plan to help the Puerto Ayora and Pelican Bay community combat the side-effects of a booming tourist destination that has suffered a degradation of ecology, water quality and the quality of life of its citizens.

The master plan endeavors to transform the contagion bay back to a community sanctuary for the citizens of Puerto Ayora to enjoy. It is the team’s hope, with plan implementation, that Pelican Bay will become a vital place where the community respects their heritage, lives sustainability and embraces the environment as a way to enrich their quality of life.

Congratulations to the following team members:
1. Kenny Brandl (graduated ’17)
2. Ashley Gildon (graduated ’17)
3. Frank Herbolsheimer (4th year, on year-long internship)
4. Nathan Holst (4th year, on year-long internship)
5. Chandler Nohr (4th year, on year-long internship)
6. Keely Anderson (3rd year)
7. Austin Arens (3rd year)
8. Jacob Jurgens (3rd year)
9. Jerry Philbin (3rd year)
Instructors: Nathan Krohn (’14 graduate) and Kim Wilson