Natural Talent Design Competition Gallery Opening

by EVstudio AEP on June 9, 2008

Several members of EVstudio have been involved in the organization of the Natural Talent Design Competition in Colorado. Elicia Ratajczyk has been the ring leader with Beth Freeman helping in the design of the propaganda/graphics and Kacy Landsittel and Beth Concha helping with the events.

Hi everyone! J I just wanted to invite all of you to the Gallery Opening for the Natural Talent Design Competition that we have had a big hand in organizing this year! All of the teams will be submitting and displaying their entries to the competition this week and this event will be the showcase event for the competition, the teams and their entries. I’m very excited to see all of the entries and to see what our teams of students and young professionals in sustainable design have brought to us this year!

The Natural Talent Design Competition is a national design competition hosted by the Emerging Green Builders arm of the US Green Building Council. The competition begins at the local chapter level with a local project that is chosen and organized by the local Emerging Green Builders Chapter. Our project for the Colorado Chapter this year is an addition to the Alliance Center at 1536 Wynkoop Street in LoDo. The Alliance Center is run by the Alliance for a Sustainable Colorado ( ) and is a LEED-EB historic building in LoDo which has been designed and is used as ‘A tool for social advocacy, the Alliance Center also demonstrates how sound building design and technologies create healthy workplaces and reduce environmental impacts.’ The Alliance Center currently houses twenty eight non-profit organizations that represent a range of educational and advocacy interests — social justice, environmental protection, consumer awareness, public health, cultural diversity and historical preservation. An Addition to the existing building is planned for the 6000 s.f. parking lot adjacent to the building and our teams have come up with fantastic sustainable design solutions for that addition as their entries to the Natural Talent Design Competition for 2008!

Entries from all 13 teams comprising of work from more than 35 total competitors will be on display at the Alliance Center starting with our Gallery Opening Event this Friday evening (June 13th) until the Final Jury and Awards Event scheduled for Thursday August 7th, 2008. The top 5 teams will give an oral presentation at the Aug. 7th Event and the top team will represent Colorado at the National Competition to be held at the Greenbuild Convention in Boston, MA this November! We are very excited about our teams and our project for this year and hope that you will come and support the competition, the teams and their projects!

Gallery Opening Event
Friday June 13th, 2008

5:30 – 7:30pm
The Alliance Center
1536 Wynkoop St.
Denver, CO

Final Jury & Awards Event
Thursday August 7th, 2008
Location and exact time TBA

Thanks so much for your interest and support! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions! J I hope to see you at the events!

Natural Talent Design Poster



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Elicia Ratajczyk June 19, 2008 at 4:39 pm

The Gallery Opening for the Natural Talent Design Competition was a great success and I would really like to thank Beth Concha, Beth Freeman & Kacy Landsittel for volunteering to help me at the event!

The elevator broke down and we had to carry all of the food up the stairs but it looked great when we finally got it all set up and I think everyone had a really good time!

Thanks also to the folks at the Alliance and at the USGBC Colorado chapter for thier help and participation at the event. I really appreciate everyone’s help and am really looking forward to the Jury and the Awards event!

Please check back for more information on the decision of our wonderful jury and for more details on the Awards Event in August! :)

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