Faculty, students work to beautify the Newtown Campus with class projects

Kiosk Rendering NewtownBCTC's Newtown Campus has already been noted for its status as a LEED Gold certified building and as a Tree Campus USA.

Committed faculty members are leading their students in further initiatives that will increase the beauty and sustainability of the campus.

To earn designation as a Tree Campus USA, faculty members Irene Camargo, Marvin Ruffner, Jean Jackson, and Rebecca Glasscock first formed a Tree Committee in the summer of 2014 to conduct an inventory of all the trees across all BCTC campuses. Additional requirements such as Arbor Day activities, a tree care plan, and more were also part of the process. BCTC as a whole was then able to apply for and receive status as a Tree Campus USA.

The tree inventory on the Newtown Campus brought a realization of the variety of trees on campus and awareness of the history of the grounds.

The following year, Danny Mayer and Rebecca Glasscock decided to apply for a sustainability grant through the Lexington-Fayette County Urban Government with the support of the Tree Committee. The grant was requested to complete a serpentine trail on the southeast corner of the Newtown Campus. They received around $2700, primarily for plants along the trail.

Students from Rebecca Glasscock's Introduction to Global Environmental Issues and Danny Mayer's First Year Experience class have been working on the project since the spring of 2015. So far, the students have laid the wood chip trail and planted bulbs. The bulbs line the inner edge of the trail, while taller plants and fruits and vegetables will be planted along the trails outer edge.

Other faculty members and their students are also taking part in the project.

Shawn Gannon, Welding Technology faculty, is leading his students in building a practical bench with artistic flair for the trail from scrap metal.

Kiosk planningJeff Durham, Architectural Technology faculty, had students in his Fall 2015 Structures class research and develop potential designs for a kiosk at the head of the trail, which will have historical information about the campus as well as information about the plants along the trail. The Architectural Technology students broke into teams and designed several options for a kiosk. The winning design was created by the team of Will Blakeman, Charles Dean, Neil Dees, and Lauren Geiger. See more photos of the winning model.

Claude Gross, Construction Technology faculty, and the students in his program will be building the kiosk during the spring of 2016, with the intent of installing both the kiosk and the bench before the end of the spring semester.

To visit the trail, please stop by BCTC's Newtown Campus at 500 Newtown Pike. The trail is located in the southeast corner of the old Pleasure Grounds, named when the land was occupied by Eastern State Hospital. For more information about the project, contact Rebecca Glasscock at rebecca.glasscock@kctcs.edu.