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Lake Placid student plans to build bus shelter

March 20, 2014
By MATTHEW TURNER ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - A Lake Placid Middle/High School student is tired of seeing his fellow students stand in the cold, wind and snow while waiting for buses or parents to arrive.

Andrew Meister, a senior at the school, gave a presentation to the Lake Placid Central School District board Tuesday, March 18 for his senior project. He plans to build a shelter for students outside the entrance of the school on Cummings Road, where students are regularly picked up and dropped off by parents.

"The idea came to me because when I was younger and didn't have my license, I used the trolley a lot and realized people needed it," Meister said.

Meister showed a picture during his presentation of the bench in front of the building surrounded in snow last Thursday, a day after a storm dumped 18 to 20 inches of snow.

"The snows built up, so you couldn't really sit on it," Meister said. "There are about 20 kids inside (the building)."

Meister said he plans to face the structure toward the Sheffield Olympic Speed Skating Oval because the wind typically blows from the other direction.

"The whole hallway there is a huge wind tunnel," Meister said.

He expects the project to cost around $200, and he is attempting to get a grant to cover the costs. If that fails, he will start a bottle drive.

The roof will be metal. The base of the structure would be held down with concrete. A large portion of the cost is $100 for pressure-treated wood. It will make up most of the building material needed to complete the project. He is in the process of contacting lumber yards for the best price on the wood and hopes a company will give him a discount.

"Was there a thought of adding glass or plastic for added wind protection?" school board member Phil Baumbach asked.

Meister said that's something he will look into.

Andrew's father Peter Meister, who is an engineer, helped his son draw up the design for the bus stop. He said he was proud of his son for deciding to build it for his senior project.

"I think this project is what's best for your average student," Peter Meister said. "I'm proud of him."

Meister said he hopes once the structure is completed, students will be more comfortable while waiting for a ride.

"I know that little comfort of being dry boosts my morale," Meister said. "This will make them maybe have a better outlook."

He plans to finish the project by the end of the current school year.



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