2012 Blockfest and Student Design Competition winners
The graduate and undergraduate students in Assistant Professor of Architecture Dana K. Gulling’s ARC232: Structures and Materials course participated in the NCSU College of Design’s and Carolinas Concrete Masonry Association’s (CCMA) Blockfest and Student Design Competition on Saturday, April 21, 2012. In teams of four, students participated in one of two categories. The teams either designed a new concrete masonry unit or they designed and constructed a dry-stacked, masonry wall.
The event was sponsored by Carolinas Concrete Masonry Association (CCMA), Johnson Concrete Company, and Adams Products/Oldcastle.
The competition jury included Elizabeth KoleppMayer, architect with BBH Design; Darrell Hinshaw, mason contractor at Stonemakers by Popes Mansonry; Brandon Moore, landscape architect with The Site Group; and Frank Werner, manufacturing representative with Adams Products. The jurors awarded prizes based on the use of modular coordination, innovation, and technical proficiency, and craftsmanship.
The winning teams are:
First Place: $250 – “Opacity” by Samantha Thimsen, Stephen Killian, David Ji, and David Gallo
Second Place: $150 – “Lightwall” by Alex Backeris, Jackson Wall, Jeremy Alford, and David Koontz
Third Place: $100 – “Blockocracy” by Rachel Gonsalez, Kaisey Brown, and Karen Creech
Fourth Place: $50—“Stepwall” by Hannah Atkinson, Katie Johnson, Rachel Steinsberger, and Amanda Tan
Concrete Masonry Unit Design
First Place: $250—Katy Liang, Matt Teti, Elizabeth Gutierrez, and Stacy Goodman
The winning team in the Unit Design competition will continue to the national level and compete against designs developed by other universities’ students.