Apply Now!


Click to Register !

A-Z Web Index

Students Design Green Modifications to Restaurant


3060 Wilson Road
Birmingham, AL 35221

Contact: Geri Albright
Director of Public Relations
(205) 929-6315
(205) 370-8201

May 22, 2012

Architectural Students Design Green Modifications to Restaurant

Bessemer, AL –Students of Hank Wade’s Advanced Architectural Drawing class presented a proposed addition to the Dave and Buster’s chain of gaming restaurants in a recent special evening exhibition. The design development team, Danny Kohut, Brandi Steve, Robert Battle, Reggie Williams and Justin Austin created the floor plan, details and animation while the construction document team, Chavez Fuller, Scotty Dobbins, Patrick Robinson, Ricky Albright and Jonathan Armstrong had the responsibility of producing the structural and exterior elevations, site plan, foundation and roof.

The group was challenged with designing a modification of the restaurant chain to include laser tag facilities. The design criteria, provided by Mr. Wade, was identified from other larger laser tag accommodations and altered more than four times. Presenters were exposed to courses in building codes and new software never before used for instructional purposes at the college. The Autodesk Architecture 2012 software gave the students the opportunity to design and illustrate the preliminary phase of the architectural site. Seating size, walkways and all forms of handicap accessibility were considered along with construction ordinances when constructing the design. The group even provided the building with sustainable “green” energy by including a rain capturing roof for plumbing in response to Mr. Wade’s challenge to consider the building’s effect on the ecosystem.

The students proudly displayed a plastic replica of their final exam providing attendees with a hand-held look at the finished masterpiece. Classmates from the drafting department attended the special evening presentation along with Dr. Cynthia Anthony, dean of students; Nancy Wilson, Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Department chair; and Donnell Perry, drafting instructor. “The new software took getting adjusted to, but the 3D functions and other capabilities made it better than the AutoCad Software used previously,” said sophomore Robert Battle.

For more information about Lawson State’s Drafting Program, visit or contact Hank Wade at (205) 929-3472.


Lawson State Community College, with campuses in Birmingham and Bessemer, seeks to provide accessible, quality educational opportunities, promote economic growth, and enhance the quality of life for students.  The college is dedicated to providing affordable and accessible lifelong learning opportunities in order to prepare students for employment and career advancement, or to transfer to senior institutions.

Back to News Listing