LAKE PLACID - A Lake Placid Middle/High Schooler's senior project to build a bus shelter for his fellow students is nearly complete.
Andrew Meister and his father have been working for about three months, after school and after work, on the wooden structure. He presented the project to the school board in March and got approval to build it. It's his senior project.
The bus shelter is located on the side of the school near the Olympic Center, where students are regularly picked up and dropped off by buses and by parents. Meister originally came up with the idea to shelter students from the cold and snow during winter, but it's already serving another purpose.
Andrew Meister and his father Peter screw on the back panel of a bus shelter in mid May.
(Enterprise photo — Matthew Turner)
"There's already been kids using it, and that's great to see; they've mostly been using it for shade," Meister said. "A teacher at the school, it rained one day, and she waited there. She told me it was really nice."
Andrew said another thing he liked about the idea of building a bus shelter was he knew the project would help students long after he was gone.
"Something to last more than the time I was in high school," he said. "It's a good feeling."
The only thing left to finish the construction is cedar plank siding, which will be donated by a local resident, Meister said.
"We are going to do the paneling vertical all the way around," he said.
The school's welcome sign, blocked by the bus stop, will also be moved to the side of the bus shelter facing the street.
Meister, a soccer player at the school, hurt his knee recently at a tournament, so his dad, Peter, will likely finish the siding. This is Andrew's first time working in construction. His father is a boat mechanic and helped him design and build the bus shelter.
"It's been going exactly how we want it," Andrew said. "It's been really fun to work together, and he's taught me a lot."
The duo has been working about one day a week, in five-hour increments, since April. Every day they would get "a huge chunk of it done," Andrew said.
Peter Meister said it's been fun working hard on the project together.
"Anything I do with my son is always a pleasurable experience, no matter how hard we are working to do it," Peter said.
Andrew is set to give his senior presentation next week.
"I'm not nervous," Meister said. "I'm positive I'll get a really good grade."
Meister said his high school is unique for having a senior project, and he's glad the school makes seniors participate in it.
"I definitely think there is a lot of negative energy toward the school making the seniors do more work, a lot of banter from students like, 'Other schools don't have to do this,'" he said. "It's teaching good values, helps us be independent, and for college it specifically helped me plan for things better."
After graduation, Andrew plans to attend Castleton State College in Vermont. There he will pursue a degree in athletic training and also play soccer, where he has already made the team, he said.