The case of the Georgia Tech Mace needed to be redesigned and rebuilt, our design was chosen over two other teams. It had to withstand being transported roughly by those who did not know its value, be light enough to be carried by a small woman in heels across campus, and be tastefully displayed in the president’s office.
Originally we tried to design one case that could accomplish all three things. After several iterations we spoke to Professor Samuel Harris and realized the case did not have to be one object. After all, the original case broke quickly because it tried to do too many things.
We proposed 3 pieces: a travel case, a carry case, and a display base. The reason we chose 3 separate pieces is because the mace needs different levels of protection at different times. The 3 pieces also allow each one to do its job without the functions hindering each other.
The display base is used when displaying in the president’s office or at ceremonies. The soft carry case holds the mace and display base and is meant to be carried around campus or short distances. The hard travel case is a heavy duty rolling case that holds the entire system and can withstand stacking and rough handling. This travel case is meant to be used when the mace must be moved by others or across long distances.
This system is best for the mace because it offers most protection and options at a relatively low cost. It upholds Georgia Tech traditions and aesthetics showcases the mace in the best way possible.
The base was inspired by the Kessler Campanile, located on Tech campus and a symbol of the school. The number of layers represents the 35 schools of Georgia Tech. It was handcrafted from hardwood and acrylic by Tripp Edwards from Georgia Tech and has 3 metal support rods to provide structure.