Albany Technical College drafting students, from left, Joshua Johnson, Garrin Harvey and Edrian Mallory stand in front of a design for a new Flamingo habitat they collaborated on under the direction of officials from Chehaw. The trio officially presented the design to the zoo on Wednesday.
ALBANY, Ga. -- Three Albany Technical College drafting students spent the past two months working closely with Chehaw staff on the design of a new flamingo habitat for the zoo. On Wednesday, they presented a final draft to Park officials.
"Quite frankly, I was kind of astounded at the ability and technology available here," Chehaw Executive Director Doug Porter said. "We are impressed with the design and the quality of work and ingenuity involved. It's not easy to build a wildlife habitat, and we are pleased with the work."
The three students -- Edrian Mallory of Albany, Joshua Johnson of Atlanta and Garrin Harvey of Atlanta -- came up with individual designs, then combined their their efforts into a final design, including a wading pool in the shape of a flamingo. That was presented to Park officials.
"We went to a lot of trouble designing the shape of the flamingo," Mallory said. "Once we got the shape right, everything else just kind of fell into place. The work was so exciting and it was a challenge, but we worked together as a team. It was a fun project to work on.
Chehaw Zoo Director Kevin Hils was delighted with the work.
"The flamingo shape is very unusual and is unlike other flamingo habitats," Hils said. "We are already digging the hole right now and hope to have the new habitat finished sometime this year."
The students' goal was to expand the existing exhibit and add height for cage perching. The new exhibit will reduce the number of exterior doors and add a double-door system to the two remaining doors, a deep-end pool, and a second feed and drain pool.
"We are excited to partner with Chehaw Park in providing these drawings," said Chinelo Ochie, drafting technology chair and instructor. "Every program of study at Albany Tech is designed to give students as much hands-on experience as possible in preparing them for the workforce. Every semester, my classes work on a project in the community."
A recent Albany Tech drafting student won a design contest for a deer feeder designed for Albany Sheet Metal. The student also is an intern with the company.
Ochie said Albany Tech will continue working with Chehaw to provide drawings for other projects, which include an Aussie beer garden, kangaroo-emu outback walk-through exhibit, outdoor flight cage and wandering path, and serval cage.