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June 14, 2000

Contact:
Barbara Chamberlain, 509/358-7527, chamberlain@wsu.edu

WSU Spokane Student Design Team Wins First Place at International Competition

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Washington State University Spokane students Michele Frier and Chris Jones have won first place and a $2,000 prize at an international student competition for stone and gravel mine operation reclamation plans. The National Stone Association and the American Society of Landscape Architects sponsor the annual contest.

Frier and Jones, both fourth-year landscape architecture students at the WSU Spokane Interdisciplinary Design Institute, proposed that the mining site be reclaimed as a vineyard operation and meeting center. To support the proposal, the student team incorporated into their presentation the site’s climatic conditions, sun and wind orientations, and soil conditions.

WSU Spokane students in the spring semester landscape architecture design studio entered their projects into the competition. Examples of reclamation proposals included fish hatcheries, an outdoor concert amphitheater, a light-rail community center, an extreme sports training center, outdoor sports product testing and a retail outlet center.

The competition began in 1975 as part of NSA's About Face Program for Quarry Beautification, which assists quarry owners with ideas that encourage beautification and reclamation. It is designed to improve the pool of professionals with experience in the aggregates industry and to increase general awareness of career opportunities.

The students' project will be displayed along with other winning proposals at the ASLA annual meeting and EXPO in St. Louis Oct. 28-30, and at the NSA annual convention in San Diego Feb. 10-14, 2001.

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