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NCSU Students Perform a Case Study on MHAworks’ Renovation of SEEDS Community Center

North Carolina State University School of Architecture students performed a case study on MHAworks’ renovation project of nonprofit SEEDS garden and community center.

Durham, NC, June 01, 2013 --( In an effort to cultivate the impressionable minds of the next generation of architects, MHAworks invested both time and effort through their participation in a higher education practicum program for Masters students. North Carolina State University, which provides the largest architectural bachelor’s and master’s program in the Triangle, requires a certain amount of a student’s hours to be filled with practical experience, through a number of electives and classes.

MHAworks’ President Michael Hining and Project Manager Jared Martinson took four students in the masters program under their proverbial wing and involved them in MHAworks’ renovation to SEEDS, a local community center and garden. The students followed the progression and performed a case study on the project. This was a unique opportunity for the students to gain real-world knowledge, ranging from the preliminary design to the aggregation of construction documents to the construction administration phase.

At the end of the semester, NCSU Student Emily Faber reflected, “This project has given us insight into the professional practice of architecture by depicting a real world client-architect relationship as well as the interaction between the architect and the various project constituents. Observing this process taught us all of the correct ways to be successful architects, and we genuinely look forward to the success of the SEEDS project. Much like this academic program, MHAworks and SEEDS are focused on building for future generations.”

MHAworks is involved in several ventures that aim to enhance education possibilities for youth and provide avenues for them to become further integrated in the AEC (architecture/engineering/construction) business. Founded in 1988, MHAworks is a commercial architectural firm serving clients from offices in Greenville and Durham, North Carolina. With a staff of 29 professionals, MHAworks providing planning, architecture and interior design. Find out more about MHAworks at

SEEDS is a local Durham non-profit educational community garden, used for gardening and growing food.
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