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The Beloit Courtyard

Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
11 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on March 24, at 09:00 AM CDT
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The Beloit Courtyard

Beloit Residential Treatment Center provides care to children of all different ages who have experienced trauma and toxic stress throughout their lives.  Beloit strives to create an environment where the kids can receive treatment and care in hopes to empower them and overcome the struggles they may face in their lives.  They feel their courtyard has been underutilized in the past and have wanted to take advantage of the space they have. That's where Iowa State's College of Design comes into play.


This Trauma-Informed design studio is comprised of interdisciplinary design students who are redesigning the interior courtyard for the Beloit facility.  This project's goal is to create a therapeutic space for the children, their visitors, and staff at Beloit by using our understanding of trauma-informed design.  Our design process is comprised of background research and participatory activities with the kids through weekly activities.  We started by getting to know them, drawing and coloring, and eventually making edible models learn their ideas.  Lastly, we will hopefully publish our process to hopefully become a precedent for trauma-informed design.


This will be a space where kids can be kids and use the power of nature to live life to its' fullest.  Your contributions will help us create the ideal garden that is both safe and engaging in the sensory and developmental activities that children need and offer positive childhood experiences.  We hope to include tunnels, an interactive water table surrounded by sand, and new windows and doors to improve views.  In addition, we will include an herb garden, rocking chairs, hammocks, and plush pebble chairs.

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The sprout contribution will help cover the costs of the variety of seeds being implemented into the design. These include lavender, dwarf cherry trees, blueberry shrubs, and perennials to provide interactive plants into the design.



A seedling contribution will enable the installation of a rubber play surface that is bouncy and accessible where the kids can play catch, tag, or any other activity they desire.



The budding contribution will support rocking chairs, hammocks, and bean bags throughout the space where the kids can relax while enjoying the fresh air and sunlight outdoors.



A flowering contribution will help implement a tunnel in the courtyard where the kids can hide, chat and play in for a unique experience.



The maturity contribution will help us implement a water table and stream located into the sand that would allow for excavation activities, building sandcastles and boat races through the stream

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