Muscoda teams up with UWP to design bathhouse

April 9, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE - The parks and recreation department and the chamber of commerce of Muscoda have joined together with the help of four senior design students from UW-Platteville to design a new bathhouse for the community park and campground in Muscoda.

The four-person senior design team consists of Ben Ploederl, a senior from Appleton majoring in civil engineering with an emphasis in transportation and construction engineering; Brian Danielson, a fifth-year senior from Spooner majoring in civil engineering with an emphasis in transportation and construction engineering; Barry Larson, a fifth-year senior from South Wayne majoring in civil engineering with an emphasis in transportation and geotechnical engineering and Jason Hribar, a fifth-year senior from Union Grove majoring in civil engineering with an emphasis in environmental engineering.

The Muscoda bathhouse will feature bathroom and shower stalls for men and women along with a pavilion that includes kitchen facilities. The team's role in the project includes designing a foundation, drafting plans using a computer program called Micro-Station, structural work, site layout, cost estimation and determining material quantities.

The team has faced several challenges throughout the project. One of these challenges included locating the proper codes and regulations needed to ensure that the bathhouse is handicap accessible. The team has also been responsible for calculating the number of bathrooms and showers in comparison with the number of campsites and finding the correct regulations that need to be met.

Thus far the team has learned numerous skills from the unique real world experience provided by senior design projects. Communication and understanding the client has been one of these skills along with researching and locating the correct codes to meet regulation standards.

The team also feels well-prepared for the project because of information gained from previous classes. Many skills have been learned through classes that focused on structural, foundation and technical design and now the students have a first-hand opportunity to apply their knowledge. Organization skills within the group itself and with the client have provided sufficient and have been practiced throughout the project.

The team agrees that the senior design project is a unique one that provides something new in a potentially once in a lifetime experience.

Each of the team members will be graduating this May. Ploederl has already accepted a position in the transportation department at Omnni Associates Consulting Firm in Appleton. Hribar will be working for MSA Professional Services out of the Rhinelander office following graduation. Danielson and Larson are currently interviewing and seeking future employment.

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