CFCC students win statewide building competition

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Students at Cape Fear Community College have been named the best in the state for "green building" designs.

Students participated in a nationwide competition last weekend in Raleigh.  The 2009 NC Sustainable Building Design Competition is set up thru the Emerging Green Building Assoc. and the US Green Building Council.

The competition is designed to engage students in the state's universities and community colleges to learn and apply lessons of sustainable design and construction.

A total of twelve colleges and universities from across the state participated in the competition, including Duke University, East Carolina University, UNC Greensboro and NC State.

Teams from CFCC won both first and third place at the competition.  The first place team members are: Eli Barrett, Larry Carr, Patrick Gorham, and Josh Lee.  Third place team members are: Joel Broadaway, Steve McAnally, John Porter, and Sally Reed.

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.

This year the project was to design a sustainable, energy efficient nine-unit apartment building on a sloping lot in Raleigh.  The design had to include the following elements:

  • energy efficiency
  • renewable energy
  • building science
  • indoor environmental quality
  • water conservation
  • material selection
  • universal design
  • community and historic preservation
  • hazard mitigation
  • affordability
  • As part of the grand prize, statewide winners will see their design built.  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 throughout the week in the lobby area of the Applied Technology Building at the North Campus in Castle Hayne. 

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