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AEI Student Design Competition 2017 Winners

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Winners of the 2017 AEI Student Design Competition were announced on April 13, at the awards banquet held during the AEI 2017 Conference, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  The Pennsylvania State University (Team 2) earned the top award for building integration.

2017 AEI SDC Team 2 Team 2, Penn State; From Left to Right: Lee Benzel, Alec Broniszewski, Bryanna Wilson, Joe Hacker, Rebecca McGowan, Jared Baughman, Jessica Smith, Angela Peretti, Giovanni Esposito, Lauren Boyle. Photo courtesy of Penn State University.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Team 11), received special Innovation Awards in 1) Resiliency & Security, and 2) High Performance & WELL Buildings.

2017 AEI SDC Team 11 Team 11, UNL; Fom Left to Right: Dr. J Dougherty (AEI Student Design Competition Chair), Joseph Crowe, Dana Anderson, Danielle Passaglia, Tyler Jorgensen, Mark Wilder, Justin Moench, Zach Larsen, Dr. Clarence Waters, Nick Garaycochea, Dr. Ece Erdogmus. Photo courtesy of Penn State University.

The AEI Student Design Competition attracts the top architectural engineering students from the country's leading academic institutions offering architectural engineering degrees. The goal of the annual competition is to provide a unique venue for students to showcase the knowledge and skills of the future of the architectural engineering profession. The competition encourages collaboration, research, innovation, and peer review.  This year's challenge was to address the design, integration, and construction issues that must be considered for the Texas Tech University Sports Performance Center, Lubbock, Texas.

A competition record of twenty-one teams registered for the 2017 competition. Eleven teams from seven different architectural engineering programs participated in the submittal portion of the competition. Five teams were invited to present at the finals for the competition before a volunteer panel of practitioner jurors.  The complete list of winners is as follows: 

Building Integration

  • 1st Place: The Pennsylvania State University (Team 2-2017)
  • 2nd Place: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Team 11-2017)

Structural Systems Design

  • 1st Place: The Pennsylvania State University (Team 2-2017)
  • 2nd Place: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Team 13-2017)

Mechanical Systems Design

  • 1st Place: The Pennsylvania State University (Team 2-2017)
  • 2nd Place: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Team 11-2017)

Electrical Systems Design

  • 1st Place: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Team 11-2017)
  • 2nd Place: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Team 13-2017)

Construction Management and Development

  • 1st Place: The Pennsylvania State University (Team 2-2017)
  • 2nd Place: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Team 13-2017)

Innovation in Resiliency & Security

  • Winner: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Team 11-2017)

Innovation in High Performance & WELL Buildings

  • Winner: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Team 11-2017)

Team members

Team 2-2017

  • Jared Baughman (team leader)
  • Giovanni Esposito
  • Lee Benzel
  • Bryanna Wilson
  • Angela Peretti
  • Jessica Smith
  • Alec Broniszewski
  • Joe Hacker
  • Rebecca McGowan
  • Lauren Boyle
  • Ryan Solnosky (faculty advisor)

Team 11-2017

  • Danielle Passaglia (team leader)
  • Dana Anderson
  • Joseph Crowe
  • Justin Moench
  • Jon Bergren
  • Mark Wilder
  • Nicholas Garaycochea
  • Zachary Larsen
  • Tyler Jorgensen
  • David Repair
  • Clarence Waters (faculty advisor)

Team 13-2017

  • Margaret Findall (team leader)
  • Matt Capoun
  • Joseph Crowe
  • Ryan Duren
  • Grady Henrichs
  • Emily Kadavy
  • Kevin McIntyre
  • Mark Niechwiadowicz
  • Eric Roberts
  • Sam Schlecht
  • Kevin Seton
  • Clarence Waters (faculty advisor)

A very special thanks to our competition sponsors for their continued support.

Travel Sponsors - Business Class

  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
  • Gregory P. Luth & Associates, Inc.

Media Sponsors - Director

  • Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH)
  • Affiliated Engineers, Inc.
  • Alvine Engineering

During the Awards Banquet, the 2018 competition building was announced and will be the Children's Hospital & Medical Center, Hubbard Center for Children in Omaha, Nebraska. Complete program information for the 2018 AEI Student Design Competition will be available in August 2017.