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USGBC Detroit Region Announces Winners of the Inaugural Student Design Competition

DETROIT, MI — To encourage Michigan students to become familiar with the LEED rating system, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Detroit Region community launched the 2019–2020 Student Design Competition in August 2019. Students had to be enrolled in a Michigan higher education institution during the time frame of the competition, which included community colleges through graduate-level institutions. The inaugural class of winning projects were recently announced. The competition focused on a new environmental center for the Detroit Zoological Society in Macomb County.

The project incorporated the LEED v4 rating system for Building Design and Construction (LEED BD+C) as the criteria. Winning entries received a cash prize, a one-year student membership to the USGBC Detroit Region community, a donation of a LEED Green Associate Study Bundle to the first place winner’s university library, and complimentary access to a one-year subscription to the Education @USGBC platform.

The competition recognizes exceptional design moving toward resource conservation in operation through a creative and innovative integration of design strategies such as daylighting, passive heating and cooling, materials, water, energy generation, and other sustainable systems, through a cohesive and viable solution. The winning entries demonstrated particular emphasis on understanding LEED criteria and how the integrative process of LEED enhances the design, planning, and engineering of buildings and spaces.

The USGBC Detroit Region announces the following winners and honorable mentions:

First Place: Kayla Tear
  • Lawrence Technological University, Southfield
  • Faculty: Daniel L. Faoro, M.arch/UD RA, Assoc. Prof. (Studio) and Dongwoo (Jason) Yeom, Ph.D Assist. Prof. (Lab)
  • Project Description: A systematic approach was taken using a cellular or modular system in designing the facility, based on bioclimatic concerns and strategies.
Second Place: Nick Crawford
  • Lawrence Technological University, Southfield
  • Faculty: Daniel L. Faoro, M.arch/UD RA, Assoc. Prof. (Studio) and Dongwoo (Jason) Yeom, Ph.D Assist. Prof. (Lab)
  • Project Description: The goal of the Great Lakes Nature Center was to maximize the efficiency of the core and shell, systems, and sustainability of the building through a modular system in these three main areas.
Third Place: Trent Schmitz
  • Lawrence Technological University, Southfield
  • Faculty: John Abela, M.Arch, AIA Adjunct Faculty (Studio) and Daniel L. Faoro, M.arch/UD RA, Assoc. Prof.( Lab)
  • Project Description: The design for the Great Lakes Nature Center was focused around the Detroit Zoological Society's mission statement of education, preservation, and dedication to the Great Lakes through a modern and sustainable building.
Honorable Mention - Creating Inspiring Interiors and Exhibits: Andrew Donlin
  • Lawrence Technological University, Southfield
  • Faculty: Daniel L. Faoro, M.arch/UD RA, Assoc. Prof. (Studio) and Dongwoo (Jason) Yeom, Ph.D Assist. Prof. (Lab)
  • Project Description: The narrative is based around the preservation of the Great Lakes water basin and the education for the general public. The form of the building is derived from the structure of a diatom.
Honorable Mention - Technical Analysis and Integrating LEED Concepts: Evelyn Ehgotz
  • Lawrence Technological University, Southfield
  • Faculty: Daniel L. Faoro, M.arch/UD RA, Assoc. Prof. (Studio) and Dongwoo (Jason) Yeom, Ph.D Assist. Prof. (Lab)
  • Project Description: The project aims to provide informative interior and exterior exhibits on the aquatic, reptilian, amphibian, aviary, and vegetative wildlife native to the Great Lakes region. It also works to provide exhibits on sustainable building performance, including energy and water conservation efforts.
Honorable Mention - Technical Analysis and Integrating LEED Concepts: Thea Donahue
  • Lawrence Technological University, Southfield
  • Faculty: Rachel Kowalczyk, Adjunct Faculty, Studio Instructor and Dongwoo (Jason) Yeom, Ph.D Assist. Prof. (Lab)
  • Project Description: The marshlands nature center showcases the efficiency of nature. In the St. Clair Metropark, natural marshland collects and filters water as it runs off toward Lake St. Clair. Using similar processes, this factory-like center filters rainwater, integrates it into animal enclosures, and reunites it with the natural marshland, all while serving as a learning tool for the public.

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