Student Architecture Project Earns National Recognition

CFCC’s architectural technology program recently won honors on the national level. On Nov. 11-13, a project designed by a a group of architectural technology students took second place in a national green-building design competition at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Phoenix, Arizona. The expo is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building.

The student team was made of Eli Barrett, Larry Carr, Patrick Gorham, and Josh Lee. Their project was up against 25 other teams from colleges and universities all over the country. Teams had to first qualify to compete by winning first place at a state-level competition. Earlier this year, the same project won 1st place in the N.C. Sustainable Design Competition. The project involved developing an energy efficient building design using renewable materials and principles.

CFCC was the only community college that was qualified to participate at the national level. The first place team was made up of a team of young professional designers from New York City.

Larry Carr traveled to Phoenix and represented the CFCC team at the conference.

“It was incredible. There were so many different designs there. When they called our names, I was amazed. It was a thrill,” Carr said.

Ron Wilson, CFCC’s architectural technology lead instructor, is especially proud of his students’ achievement because they not only competed against other schools, but professionals in the field.

“To be recognized nationally shows that our students have the talent to be successful in the green building industry,” Wilson said.

An estimated 26,000 people attended the three-day conference, which is sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council. The conference featured a keynote speech by former Vice President Al Gore and a concert by Cheryl Crow.