UW-Stout interior design students help reimagine local teen group home, with safety and comfort in mind

13 Dec 2023


In just a few short months, with fresh coats of paint, a few walls removed to open communal spaces, and with safety and comfort in mind, a local nonprofit will unveil a new look with a more inviting, homier feel. The remodel has been three years in the making.

Last spring, 34 interior design students at University of Wisconsin-Stout worked in small groups to develop remodeling ideas for the living spaces at Positive Alternatives in Menomonie, a nonprofit organization and group home that provides resources for at-risk youth ages 12 to 17.

The Design Studio II students, instructed by program director Shelley Pecha and assistant professor Nicolette Brehm, worked closely with Positive Alternatives administrators and staff to outline their needs and wants for the remodel, assessed the existing floor plan and developed potential solutions.

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