Project Ventura is a project on sustainable design at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders located in Austin, Texas. During their 10th grade year, students are to complete a large-scale, independent project that counts as a credit for the distinguished achievement diploma program. This year, the project is centered on the restoration and conversion of a 1977, 31-foot Airstream into a teacher’s common area. Teams of 2-3 students were given a budget with which they must come up with a design that includes re-framing, re-insulating, re-flooring, re-wiring, adding a fresh water holding tank and pump, installing solar panels, and using a minimum of 75% green materials. Teams will model their designs using Google SketchUp. There are a total of 8 teams. In mid February, each team will have to present their design to a professional panel of engineers who will determine the winning design. The winning design will then be implemented during the Spring semester if the funds are raised.
Once the restoration and conversion take place, the trailer will serve as a school community trailer that different staff members and student groups can use as collaborative space. This relates to part of our schools mission statement to commit to a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle as well as solve problems creatively and ethically in support of our global community.