Architectural engineering students take top spots in national contest

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State architectural engineering students took top honors in four of the five categories at a national architectural engineering competition.

The teams were competing at the American Society of Civil Engineers Charles Pankow Foundation Annual Architectural Engineering Student Competition, held at Penn State’s University Park campus in conjunction with the Architectural Engineering Institute’s national conference.

Students were challenged to provide a design for a new elementary school building to be located in an urban setting in Reading, Pa., taking into account sustainability, budget and security requirements.

Penn State architectural engineers won first place in the categories of building systems integration, construction management, mechanical systems and structural systems. Kansas State won the construction management category.

The building systems integration and mechanical systems awards were won by Team Creation, which included Jenna Dumke, Mike Hoffacker, Pat Zuza, Amanda Small, Emily Wychock, Kristiana McMunn, Jeff Spoinski and Abigail Kun.

Team Nexus won the construction management category and included Alexander Byard, Patrick Allen, Rachel Barrow, Melanie Fonner, Bradley Frederick, Brian LaChance and Anthony Palmer.

Team Organic won the structural category and included Nicholas Ramondo, Frank Campisino, Matthew Fogarty, Stephen Hirlinger, Michael Rossmell, Michael Stremski and Jacob Walker.

Nineteen teams from 11 universities participated in the competition, with Penn State accounting for five teams.

Last Updated July 18, 2013