CFCC Architecture Students Win Statewide Competition

CFCC Architecture Students Win Statewide Competition

WILMINGTON -  Cape Fear Community College’s architectural technology program participated in the 7th annual North Carolina Sustainable Building Design competition in Raleigh on Saturday, April 19 and came home with first place, defeating teams from top universities as well as other community colleges from around the state.

The goal of the competition was to incorporate “green-building” techniques and design plans to build a duplex for upscale retirement couples in the retirement community of Carolina Meadows, located near Chapel Hill, NC.

“The competition this year was the most strenuous and competitive of all I have been involved with.  All of the participating teams presentations were well thought out with outstanding ideas for environmentally friendly living solutions,” said Ron Wilson, lead instructor of CFCC’s architectural technology program.

This year competing teams included Duke University, North Carolina State University School of Design, East Carolina University, Appalachian State and several other community college architectural programs.  

CFCC’s team, “Arbor Creative” was selected as the winner of the 2008 competition.  The five members of the team will receive a prize of $3000 for their efforts. The students include:  Scott Biggs, Keith Burke, Alyssa Halle, Michael Tyler and Alex Dortschy.

Even more importantly, the duplex they designed will be built at Carolina Meadows for its retirees.  There will be approximately 22 duplexes constructed in the new neighborhood of villas.  Each duplex will be constructed using designs and sustainable/alternate energy systems designed and developed at CFCC. 
As the state winner, CFCC is now eligible to participate in the Green Building Council’s National Competition in Boston later this year.