Interior Design Students Revamp Major Manufacturer’s Office
Date: July 17, 2015
Interior Design students Deb Kight and Kellie Burden received hands-on experience while completing interior design work for Nibco, a manufacturing company located in Greensboro, Ga. Nibco is a leading international provider of valves, fittings, and piping products used in plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and irrigation.
Seeking assistance in updating the Nibco lobby interior, company administrators contacted the Greene County Campus of Athens Technical College. Sibley Bryan, Greene County Campus director, connected Nibco to Phillip Myer, Interior Design program chair, and his students. Kight and Burden volunteered to undertake the design challenge.
“The project was fast and furious related to the time constraint,” according to Kight. “We had less than 18 days from initial consultation with them until the installation day. Kellie and I also assisted the client with furniture selection at local home furnishing stores.”
Burden and Kight provided design services for the installation of artwork and furniture arrangement. Additionally, they worked with their client to select chairs to serve as a comfortable waiting area while providing an updated, modern look for the lobby. Tables and accessories were selected and purchased from local Greensboro merchants.
“I viewed the volunteer design experience as an educational opportunity,” said Burden. “This project really made me figure out time management and it was nice to be able to work with clients in a real-world experience to prepare me for the future. Greensboro is my hometown, and knowing how important Nibco is to the area, I felt it was great to be able to help out with their needs and for them to provide this opportunity to Athens Technical College Interior Design students."
Kight graduated from the Interior Design program in May and recently started her own interior design business, Belle Vie Designs, in Watkinsville.
The Interior Design program is housed on the Athens Campus of Athens Technical College. For additional information about the program, contact Phillip Myer, Interior Design program chair.
Photo caption: Completed view of the Interior Design styled Nibco lobby. For additional before and after photos, visit the Athens Technical College Facebook page.