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Jessica Moran
Drafting & Design


Jessica Moran

Jessica Moran and winning design.

Coming in third place in a design competition is a good thing for Danville Community College student Jessica Moran, especially when the winner is from Dewberry, Inc., one of the largest architectural design firms in the Southeast. Moran, a second-year drafting and design student, knew she was right up there among the best when her plans for a Bus Stop Shelter took third place honors and earned her a $250 cash award.

“I was excited by it all…just to know that I competed among the best and brightest minds,? Moran says. The Bus Stop Shelter Design Competition was sponsored the Young Professionals Organization of the Danville-Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce.

For the competition, Moran was able to combine her love of art, design and music to create a bandstand theme to her bus stop shelter plans. She used a floating keyboard overhead the music stand on a transparent background. While she’s not sure if her design will ever be built, she had fun expanding her creative skills.

“I had only two and one-half weeks to plan the design, prepare the proposal and estimate the costs,? Moran explains. “The shelter had to meet all the requirements for a bus stop.?

Moran is no stranger to competition. Her design for a Habitat for Humanity House project was also selected. The client, who has several children, selected her design from among 10 others, because Moran had the foresight to include a larger laundry space.

After earning her Diploma in Drafting and Design and a Certificate in Residential Design and Estimation in May 2012, Moran wants to pursue employment in the field and also concentrate on her music interests.

“If I have opportunity to design anything I am certain it will have a music flair to it because music, art and design are my passions,? Moran adds.


For more information about the Drafting and Design Program, contact the instructors Robert Huffman, Associate Professor of Drafting & Design, at 434.797.8548 or James Adkins, Instructor of General Engineering/Drafting & Design, at 434.797.8436, toll free at 800.560.4291, or click here.


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