Colorado Wins Third Place in National Natural Talent Design Competition!

by EVstudio AEP on November 19, 2009

Elicia Ratajczyk of EV Studio participated in the organization of the Colorado local Natural Talent Design Competition again this year, with the Colorado chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Emerging Green Builders (EGB). The winner of the local competition was sent to compete in the national competition at this year’s Greenbuild Conference and Expo in Phoenix, Arizona. This year’s Colorado Team took third place at the national level against 25 other teams with their innovative design for the new University of Colorado College of Architecture and Planning Building at Denver’s Auraria Campus!

Congratulations team on the win for Colorado!

Details about Colorado’s competition: Colorado is emerging as a leader in sustainable design. There are many of the pioneering leaders of sustainability within the borders of our State, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, National Wind Technology Center, DOE, the Rocky Mountain Institute, Solar Energy International and more. As Emerging Green Builders, we should identify ourselves as the leaders of the future of sustainability and to move forward with becoming the pioneers of tomorrow.  With this goal in mind, the Colorado Natural Talent Design Competition Challenge for 2009 is to create a design for a new building for the University of Colorado’s College of Architecture and Planning on the Auraria Campus that utilizes the current standards and guidelines of sustainable design, such as LEED and others, and to truly push the boundaries of innovative designs. Learn more:

Details about the national competition: USGBC’s Natural Talent Design Competition provides applied learning experience in the principles of integrated design, sustainability, and innovation, all of which are components of the LEED® Green Building Rating System™. Participants compete in local competitions, and the top winner of each moves on to compete for a national award at USGBC’s annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo. Awards include green building scholarships, as well as travel and registration to Greenbuild, where finalists’ entries are displayed and final judging occurs. Now in its sixth year, the next Design Competition took place on November 12, 2009, at Greenbuild in Phoenix.


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