High School Students Dazzle with Solution for Water Resource Management, to Win CIRT’s National Design & Construction Competition
In an unprecedented “virtual” final round program, presentations were made before a remote audience of over 130 and five judges to vie for top honors in the 2020 CIRT National Design & Construction Competition. ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York/Team 30 emerged to take home top honors as National Champions in the fourteenth annual CIRT competition. The three finalist had survived a grueling preliminary round that included 52 entries, from 24 ACE Mentor Program of America Affiliates, with over 400 students from 170 high schools, and 238 professionals (mentors) involved. Due to the pandemic and shutdowns the presentation round was conducted remotely using ZOOM group meeting platform before a distinguished panel of judges headed by Thomas F. Gilbane, Jr. (Gilbane Building Company), that included: Tom Reilly (Turner Construction Co.), Lisa Chong, Associate, PE (Thornton-Tomasetti), Scott Seltz (Publisher, ENR), and Jenni Mushynski (Chicago Architecture Center).
It took the judges two ballots to ultimately
determine a winner after carefully analyzing the presentations as well as the
underlying entry’s design/construction approaches within the project’s
objectives. In the end, the judges balanced the outcome on the basis of the two major elements: quality
of presentation and competence of the overall entry. The winning
entry exhibited extraordinary versatility and responsiveness to the criteria of
the water management challenge, by incorporating three major elements in their
solution/response: (i) flood and sea rise mitigation, (ii) combined sewer and
storm surge water overflow containment, and (iii) use of tidal flow to generate
energy. The cost, spread over 15 years, was estimated at $12.7 billion;
compared to the greater NYC damage from Hurricane Sandy that was estimated at
$19 billion in 2012.
Pavilion Challenge (9 entries):