A team of six architecture students from Atlantic County Institute of Technology (ACIT) got real-world experience this spring as they worked to design a unique gateway to the Northeast inlet in Atlantic City near the Flagship Hotel.
Lance Landgraf, the planning director at the NJ Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), linked Flagship with ACIT architectural design teacher Drew Holmes’ students, who spent months planning and creating the project before presenting it Monday to Atlantic City, CRDA and Flagship officials.
Students, faculty and CRDA officials described the project as an opportunity to give the high school students real life experience both in the planning and development field and in Atlantic City, where several of the students live.
“It gets them involved in something in their own community,” Landgraf said. ”It’s a really nice way to blend what they’re learning with that.”
Herbert Ushewokunze, a public relations officer for Flagship, said the students had strong ideas and the hotel is considering the students’ plan seriously.
“At some point we may include the students in some meetings related to the budget so they see what it takes from the concept to how to make it happen,” Ushewokunze said.