Westlake Students Sweep Student Model Home Competition

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Jake Johanni and Nicholas ButtonThe Great Big Home and Garden Show, February 6-15 at the I-X Center, will showcase the top ten area high school model home designs from the 18th annual Student Model Home Design Contest, held January 24, 2015 at Cuyahoga Valley Career Center in Brecksville.

The Westlake High School senior team of NICHOLAS BUTTON & JAKE JOHANNI took first place and the overall grand prize winning the $1000 scholarship.  They also won the “Best Presentation” award as well as the “Best 3D/CAD Drawings” award.

Second place overall went to the Westlake senior team of CAL CRAVEN & LOREN KREDIER.  They also won the “Architectural Award of Merit”.

Finishing third overall was the Westlake team of ELISE KENNEDY, ANNA RENKEL, SEAN FREEMAN, MATT SCHNABEL, & BILLY DREHER.  They also won the specialty category award for “Best Model”.   

Finishing fourth overall went to the Westlake team of ANDRES LOAIZA, JACKSON HONG, & MARK SARGENT.

Finishing fifth overall went to the Westlake team of LAINEY McCUE, SNEHA RAMACHANDRAN, & NICO DiGIULIO.

The remaining TOP TEN finalists were:

  • -6th – the team of JORDYN KAPIS & GRANT ROBERTS (Theodore Roosevelt High School – Kent);
  • -7th – the team of CARL JESSUP & BRENDAN PODER (Theodore Roosevelt High School –
  • Kent);
  • -8th – the team of HALLIE BRETT, MATT DANKER & AUSTIN BORRERO (Roosevelt High School);
  • -9th – the team of ANDREI CHRISTOFF and ZACH THORNE (Roosevelt High School);
  • -10th – LUKE NYE (Bay Village High School).

All of the top ten winning entries will be displayed at The Great Big Home & Garden Show, February 6-15, at the I-X Center (booth #1671).

Keynote speaker for the awards ceremony was architect Duane Van Dyke, AIA, LEED AP, of Van Dyke Architects LLC.  He discussed the value of design, engineering, architecture, and the building trades in our lives and how there are dozens of career opportunities in the related fields.  He spoke of the importance of people who make, build, and maintain things, and are involved in the design process resulting in the products that we use and depend on every day, including cars, electronic gadgets, buildings and houses.

Sponsored by the American Concrete Institute NE Ohio Chapter, IMAGINiT Technologies, Turner Construction, Northeast Ohio Technology & Engineering Educators Association, The Chas. E. Phipps Company, and Marketplace Events, these future architects, engineers, designers, contractors, and artisans were challenged to design a Cool Pool House that’s functional, marketable, innovative, energy-efficient, and addressed the wants and needs of a family of four.

This year’s student contest theme was “The Great & Incredibly Cool Pool House”.  Students were challenged to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing pool house, incorporating the above grade concrete system (i.e., ICF – insulated concrete form) system into the design.  The 1500 sq. ft. pool house was to be designed for the purpose of accommodating a couple and their two children who plan to build in the Cleveland area. The family called for a pool house that incorporated “green” and “smart” technology, and included amenities such as an indoor shelter, bathrooms, kitchenette, and other features when entertaining friends and family. The pool house was to reflect the colonial style architecture of the adjacent and existing residential house.

Concrete building technology design offers homeowners increased energy efficiency, lower maintenance and substantial cost savings.  Because of their unique construction properties, concrete buildings can be designed with virtually any type of exterior and interior.  Concrete is one of the most fire-resistant construction materials available, and the strength and durability of concrete walls offer unmatched resistance to the devastation of major storms.

Using their knowledge of architectural design, green building design technology, and concrete construction, student entries included floor plan & elevation drawings as well as the highly visual scaled model homes.  They were judged in 15 separate categories, including design, planning and innovations, energy-conserving features, drawing presentation, model presentation, and exterior design.  Schools entered this year included Auburn Career Center, Bay Village High School, Brecksville Broadview Heights High School, Shaker Heights High School, Theodore Roosevelt High School (Kent), Westlake High School, and host Cuyahoga Valley Career Center.  A panel of building industry professionals from across the area evaluated the student designs.

In its 18th year, the student contest is nationally recognized by the International Technology & Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) for promoting technological literacy, energy efficiency and environmentally conscious design, engineering, construction and architecture.

“The students created really cool pool houses!  They had numerous features that would make young and old alike want to take advantage of all the fun things to do inside and out.  Also, including many Green building features in the design was a great way to bring innovative construction technology into a project of this kind” said Jeff Bee, Engineering and CAD technologies instructor at Theodore Roosevelt High School (Kent).  “It’ll be a real must see and visual display at the I-X Center for this year’s show.  We are very fortunate to have The Great Big Home and Garden Show management provide a first-class venue to showcase the students’ work.  It’s truly a great way to recognize and honor the outstanding efforts made by these future architects, engineers, designers, inventors, and artisans.”



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