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ECU, PCC Teams Win Awards

The East Carolina University and Pitt Community College student team took awards at the statewide Sustainable Building Design Competition in Raleigh April 21.

ECU and PCC sent five combined teams to the state competition with team “Ecolution” and team “Planteers” awarded the honors. Each team included two ECU architectural technology students and two ECU interior design students. They partnered with one PCC architectural technology student.

The “Ecolution” team won a founders award with a $1,000 prize for buildability, innovation and originality. Team members were Krestin Barnes, Amy Beaman, Phillip Butler, Chuck Wade and Diane Alberts.

The “Planteers” won first honorable mention with a $200 prize. Members were Shamekia Jenkins, Cindy Pridgen, Crystal Barber, Keino Williams and Joe Roberts.

Teams were formed in January and given approximately 11 weeks to design a small residential structure that represented a sustainable design within specific budget and size restrictions. Some final projects included small scale physical models or computerized virtual designs.

ECU and PCC have teamed up for the competition for the past four years. ECU professors Rebecca Sweet (Interior Design and Merchandising) and Robert Chin (Technology and Computer Science), along with PCC’s William Hofler, guide students through the planning process through a local competition and then on to the state event.

“This is a tremendous team building competition for our students,” said Chin. “Not only are these students working toward a grade as a part of their education, they are also learning how to implement real world architectural and design tools to complete a large scale project.”

Other participating institutions include Appalachian State University, Duke University, N.C. A&T, and NCSU. A NCSU team won the overall first prize.


This page originally appeared in the June 8, 2007 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at