Students Building a Community: The Sunset Point Pavilion Project

This fall, Northern Michigan University students Darroll Trinkle, Tim Sorenson, Brian Potter, Shawn Krueger, Ryan Cherry and Jim Buggy collaborated with the Kiwanis Club and the Presque Isle Parks advisory committee to rebuild the pavilion at Sunset Point in Presque Isle Park. 

According to Professor Michael Andary, “NMC students had helped to demolish the old structure and had plans to help rebuild it, but the project was cost-prohibitive.” Only recently, as the result of a design upgrade, was new construction made possible.


The group of six in Andary’s project control class worked with the architect to modify the design in order to meet the City of Marquette’s intent, presented their proposal and virtual guarantee of completion to the Presque Isle Parks advisory committee and coordinated construction.  

The goal was to complete the structure before Thanksgiving, and the student group, with the help of the Northern Michigan Constructors and Kiwanis, the structure is complete. Hikers and passersby have taken notice. Some have even stopped to take photographs and plan future outings.


With Hogback and Sugarloaf mountains to the west, and some of the oldest, exposed volcanic rock to the east, this aptly named and popular site draws people of all ages for various occasions. It truly is one of the most ideal places to gather or watch the sun set along Marquette’s Lake Superior shore.

As always, an academic service learning project that is beneficial to NMU students and is appreciated by the community as a whole.