Keene State College Students Tackle the Paint Factory

Keene State College Architecture Students

This week Ocean Alliance CEO Iain Kerr traveled to Keene State College, where nine architecture students of Randall Walter were waiting with their original designs for our headquarters at the historic Tarr and Wonson Paint Manufactory.

Randall Walter is also Head of Architecture and Design at Bensonwood Custom Timberframe Homes, our design partners in the restoration of the Paint Factory. He brought his students to Gloucester this fall for a tour of the Paint Factory and since then they have set about designing their vision for our headquarters on Rocky Neck.

Keene State Paint Factory DesignThe students presented their designs to Iain Kerr and Bill Holtz, also from Bensonwood, as prospective clients. They explained how they would tackle the challenges of the site, such as the extreme weather conditions on the water, and rising sea levels, with sustainability and durability in mind. (Check out more photos of their designs on our Facebook page).

We value the creativity and enthusiasm of students – from the robotics students of Olin College and Gloucester High School, to the activists of the Manchester Essex Green Team and the Pingree School, to the design students of Keene State and the Rhode Island School of Design. We’re looking forward to upcoming programs at the Ecotarium in Worcester, MA and the Waring School in Beverly, MA. Let us know what your students are doing and how we can work with you to raise the next generation of environmentalists.