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Architecural engineering team wins three first place awards at national competition

By Bryan Richardson

Kansas State University student engineering competition team experienced unparalleled success at the recent ASCE Charles Pankow Foundation Architectural Engineering Student Competition in Omaha, Neb.

The K-State team won three of the six first-place awards in the competition, which is hosted by the Architectural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. K-State was the first and only school to date to place finalists in all five categories and win the two top overall awards.

“I am very proud of the performance of our students in the 2012 Architectural Engineering Student Competition,” said David Fritchen, department head and professor of architectural engineering. “Their success says a lot about the quality of students and faculty in the department and the high priority we give to educating the future leaders in our industry. We enjoy a top ranking nationally because of our students’ personal and professional efforts and dedication.”

Ray Yunk, lead adviser and associate professor of architectural engineering and construction science, said the team’s success could also be attributed to assembling a dream team of excellent upper-level students.

The competition matches architectural engineering student teams from major universities across the country. This year’s event challenged students to address design issues for a new government office building in Omaha. The teams had to assemble design development packages that addressed the design and construction challenges of this high-performance federal building with a high level of security requirements. Teams submitted entries into the competition’s five categories: integrated, structural, mechanical, electrical and construction.

A submission is 35-pages total and includes a 10-page summary narrative, 15 pages of supporting documents and 10 sheets of large-format drawings. Industry professionals then review the submissions.

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