CFCC Student Architects Earn Top Spots in State-wide “Green Building” Competition


Cape Fear Community College’s architectural students are officially the best in the state when it comes to the latest “green building” designs.
Last weekend, students participated in the 2009 N.C. Sustainable Building Design Competition in Raleigh.  This is part of a nation-wide competition thru the Emerging Green Building Association and the U.S. Green Building Council.  Two teams from CFCC won both first and third place at the competition.
N.C. Sustainable Building Design Competition [NCSBDC] is a program to engage students in the state’s universities and community colleges to learn and apply the lessons of sustainable design and construction. Each year statewide winners see their design built as part of the grand prize.
Student teams design a home for a particular region in North Carolina incorporating a sustainable approach to design that includes
  • energy efficiency
  • renewable energy
  • building science
  • indoor environmental quality
  • water conservation
  • material selection
  • universal design
  • community and historic preservation
  • hazard mitigation
  • affordability

By participating in this program, all students become better prepared to incorporate sustainable design methods into their work and to bring this experience to the design and construction professions.

This year the project was to design a sustainable, energy efficient nine-unit apartment building on a sloping lot in Raleigh. 

According to CFCC architecture instructor Ron Wilson, it was the most difficult project in the history of the competition and he was very proud with how the students performed.
“All of our smiles were from ear to ear,” Wilson said.
The first place team will be going to Phoenix in October for the nationwide competition. 
The public can view the winning team’s project on display all this week in the lobby area of the Applied Technology Building at the North Campus in Castle Hayne. 
The first place team members are:
Eli Barrett
Larry Carr
Patrick Gorham
Josh Lee
Third place team members are:
Joel Broadaway
Steve McAnally
John Porter
Sally Reed
A total of twelve colleges and universities from across the state participated in the competition, including Duke University, East Carolina University, UNC Greensboro and N.C. State.
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