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Wisconsin Students Recognized for Sustainable School Designs

PlansMadison (May 17, 2011) — Five student teams have been recognized for sustainable school designs in the 2011 "Design Your School" High School Design Competition sponsored by AIA Wisconsin, the state society of The American Institute of Architects (AIA), with the support of the Wisconsin Architects Foundation.

Students designed an environmentally sustainable school in this state-wide competition. The type of school and its location were determined by each student team based on the needs of their community. The students are in 9th -12th grade and attend Wisconsin high schools. Eleven teams enrolled in the program.

Student teams researched locations, sustainable practices and products, and school design to create presentations for the jury to review. All project submittals were displayed earlier this month at the AIA Wisconsin Convention in Madison. A jury of distinguished design and construction professionals selected the winning projects.

"Some very creative school designs were submitted," commented the jury. "Students were able to combine both hand-rendered sketches with computer-generated graphics to illustrate their ideas. Some great sustainable concepts were integrated into very nice designs."
The student teams selected to receive awards include:

First Place

Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Team Members: Erik Meyer and Travis Shears

Second Place

Waunakee High School, Waunakee, Wisconsin
Team: Green Works Architecture
Team Members: Tia Endres, Jesse Moran, Josh Paulson, Avery Wescott

Third Place

New London High School, New London, Wisconsin
Team Member: Charles W. Schroeder

Honorable Mention

Tomah High School, Tomah, Wisconsin
Team Member: Jared Maternoski

Honorable Mention

Waunakee High School, Waunakee, Wisconsin
Team: D & A Builders
Team Members: Amber Donelson, Austin Gerber, Dalton Kind

Along with recognition, first, second and third place winning student teams received cash awards.

Architect-mentors, who are members of the AIA Wisconsin Architects in Schools Committee, were assigned to the student teams. These architects volunteered their time to work with teachers and provide guidance to students. AIA Wisconsin is a 1,300-member professional society representing architects in private practice, business, industry, government and education.

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Brenda Taylor (608) 257-8477

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