Gochenour wins two national interior design awards

Lynn-Gochenour

The Association of University Interior Designers (AUID) recently recognized BGSU Space Planner Lynne Gochenour for her work in Olscamp Hall.

The two second-place awards were for the Olscamp Classroom 225 project in the $150,000-$500,000 category and the Olscamp Public Spaces project in the over-$500,000 category.

The Olscamp Classroom 225 project included converting three traditional classrooms into one active learning classroom. It was part of a campuswide classroom upgrade and included LED lighting, continuous whiteboard walls, whiteboard tables and flat-screen monitors. It also included chairs and tables on casters, which allows for flexible seating arrangements and different classroom set-ups.

The Olscamp Public Spaces project included updating and refreshing a 21-year-old public space. The new design accommodates students’ needs for collaborative lounge spaces. The project included flooring, paint, new acoustical ceiling tiles, LED lighting and vibrant new furniture.

“This award recognizes the outstanding contribution that Lynne has made to BGSU and the impact that she and the University are having nationally,” said Steven Krakoff, vice president for capital planning and campus operations. “But it also acknowledges the efforts of numerous BGSU faculty, staff and students who, over the past several years, have spent countless hours working with us to develop classroom design guidelines, the learning space prototype in Olscamp Hall, the many classroom renovations and upgrades throughout the campus core, and other key master plan projects.”

This was Gochenour’s first year entering the AUID design competition. Since 2015, she has been a member of the nonprofit organization, established in 1979 to provide an information sharing opportunity for individuals who work within institutions of higher education.

“I am honored to be recognized by the Association of University Interior Designers for these projects,” Gochenour said. “I enjoy working on all of the spaces around campus, but the classroom upgrades are always my favorite because they can have such a positive effect on our students’ success.”

The two projects received support from Technicon Design Group, American Interiors and Elford, Inc.

The awards were announced at the 37th annual Conference of the Association of University Interior Designers held at Auburn University. The conference, a multi-day event held at a different institution each fall, is where university interior designers tour the host campus, network and attend continuing education seminars.