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The Pumpkin Challenge

Second year students accepted the Pumpkin Challenge to carve a pumpkin that was structurally robust. Pumpkins were scored on two factors: 1) they were all given a score of the percent of weight of each pumpkin that was removed, 2) their bearing weight was calculated by placing weights on top of the carved pumpkins. Each pumpkin had a final calculated score that was the product of the percent of weight removed times the ratio of bearing weight to final weight of the pumpkin. The winners of the Pumpkin Challenge were the Seedy Ladies. Congratulations!

The Pumpkin Challenge
Initial Weight Carved Weight
Team Name Pounds Ounces Pounds Ounces Percent Lost Bearing Weight Bearing Percent of Carved Weight Final Score Rank
Smashing Pumpkins 16 8.0 9 1.5 45% 160 1759% 7.90 3
The Seedy Ladies 17 12.5 10 2.5 43% 270 2658% 11.40 1
The Winners 13 13.5 7 5 47% 125 1709% 8.06 2
Agent Orange 14 11.0 8 2 45% 95 1169% 5.22 6
Team G-6 13 0.5 6 13.5 47% 65 950% 4.51 7
Alla Prima Pumpkin 25 13.5 11 10 55% 125 1075% 5.92 5
Gutsy 19 10.0 11 9.5 41% 200 1725% 7.06 4

Carving Pumpkins pumpkins carved to be structurally robust pumpkins carved to be structurally robust

 

 

Hand Drafting

First year Architectural Technology students recently completed a seven week long hand drafting module where they learned about line weights, drafting conventions and symbols, and how to draw in 3D. Here are a few of their midterm drafting projects.

Cribbage board drawn in plan, section, elevation, and exploded axon

Cribbage board drawn in plan, section, elevation, and exploded axon

building floor plan drawn in ink

building floor plan drawn in ink

construction detail of picture frame

construction detail of picture frame

glasses drawn in exploded axon

glasses drawn in exploded axon

building section drawn in graphite

building section drawn in graphite

pencil sharpener drawn in exploded isometric axon

pencil sharpener drawn in exploded isometric axon

Fishing reel drawn in section

Fishing reel drawn in section

Adjustable wrench drawn in axon

Adjustable wrench drawn in axon

Utility knife drawn in plan, section, elevation, and exploded axon

Utility knife drawn in plan, section, elevation, and exploded axon

Taking a field trip to the new Senate building in downtown St. Paul

waiting for a Senate tour

waiting for a Senate tour

On top of the soon to be green roof!

On top of the soon to be green roof!

The main entrance and grand stair

The main entrance and grand stair

getting a view of the meeting spaces

getting a view of the meeting spaces

Looking at the wall and stair trim

Looking at the wall and stair trim

DCTC Partners with HAFA Via Service-Learning

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The Home and Garden Show

Stop by our booth at the Home and Garden Show from February 27th through March 3rd!  Meet faculty and students from the program and learn more about the range of possibilities in at DCTC architectural technology degree.  For more info on the show visit http://homeandgardenshow.com/MHGS/EventsHome.aspx

REVIT – STUDENT WORK

After three short weeks, the Architectural Technology students have made extraordinary progress in Revit.  Revit is quickly becoming the industry standard for how buildings are designed and documented.  It is the most advanced and widely used BIM system in the world.  BIM, which stands for Building Information Modelling, is a major evolution from simple 2d CAD systems.  Rather than drawing lines, the building is virtually constructed using parametric 3D elements.  Each element contains dozens of parameters from material assemblies to physical dimensions to costs.  This allows for a fully dynamic, fully documented building to be created with ease and consistency.  Today, BIM models are used to develop the design of buildings by architects, engineers, surveyors and contractors all at the same time.  Models are even used to digitally fabricate building elements to make a paperless construction process possible.  And it can even be used to create highly accurate forms of visualization.  Here are some of the images from Dakota Branham, one of our students, produced after just 3 weeks of working in Revit.

INDEED!

A colleague of mine in the building world once told me that the best economic indicator of the building industry is the amount of jobs available in the architecture profession.  if he’s right, then the near future is bright.  To see the increasing wave of job opportunities for masters of CAD and Revit, like the graduates of our program, check out Indeed.

 

USGBC Student Group LEEDs the Way

Campus Sustainable Learning Center Focus of Regional Design Competition

2012 USGBC Natural Talent Design Competion | 1st place design: H. S. Well Design Group from the University of Wisconsin, Madison

2012 USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition | 1st place design: H. S. Well Design Group from the University of Wisconsin–Madison

Formed in spring 2011 by students in the Architectural Technology program, the U.S. Green Building Council Student Group at Dakota County Technical College took a leading role in the 2012 USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition, which featured the challenge of designing a Sustainable Learning Center on DCTC’s main campus in Rosemount, Minn. Former USGBC Student Group president, Mark Nicholson, and former vice president, Karen Malkowski, both Arch Tech students at the time, worked with a representative from the USGBC Minnesota Chapter, Caitlin Barta, who served as the 2012 design competition chair.

Former DCTC-USGBC Student Group Vice President Karen Malkowski & President Mark Nicholson

Former USGBC Student Group VP Karen Malkowski & President Mark Nicholson

A nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., USGBC boasts 77 chapters, 13,000 member organizations and 181,000 LEED Accredited Professionals all dedicated to developing cost-wise and energy-efficient buildings in the quest for a sustainable future. Green building principles provide environmental benefits and economic opportunities. According to USGBC data, building efficiently by following established LEED standards can meet 85 percent of future energy demands in the U.S. while generating a potential 2.5 million jobs. Standing for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system.

LEED description from the USGBC website:

“LEED — The most widely recognized and widely used green building program across the globe. LEED is certifying 1.6 million square feet of building space each day in more than 130 countries. LEED is a certification program for buildings, homes and communities that guides the design, construction, operations and maintenance. Today, nearly 50,000 projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 8.9 billion square feet of construction space.”

Jennifer Brundell, chair of the 2013 Natural Talent Design Competition, reported that the event, which is hosted by the USGBC Minnesota Emerging Professionals Committee, helps facilitate green-building collaborations that unite aspiring architects and designers with the USGBC MN Chapter and professional community. Current students and graduates up to two years out of college are eligible to compete.

“The design competition provides an applied learning experience in the principles of integrated design, sustainability and social consciousness, exposing competitors to the critical thinking and teamwork necessary for successful projects,” said Brundell, who also serves as the USGBC Minnesota Emerging Professionals chair-elect. “This competition is an amazing way for students and young professionals to showcase their talent and expertise while working with others toward a common goal. The ultimate purpose of the competition, in addition to providing great networking and design experience, is to use winning designs as a model for a future project.”

2012 USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition | 1st place design: K + Y Design from the University of Minnesota

2012 USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition | 2nd place design: K + Y Design from the University of Minnesota

Brundell went on to say that seven teams participated in the 2012 Natural Talent Design Competition. Teams designed a Sustainable Learning Center on the DCTC main campus that could achieve USGBC LEED Platinum, the highest level of certification.

“The focus of this project was to design a working demonstration of an innovative low water use, net zero energy, zero waste and zero emissions building,” Brundell said. “Teams had the option to work in tandem with mentors throughout the USGBC Minnesota Chapter. Projects were judged by experienced professionals in the sustainable field.” Brundell noted that the competition attracted outstanding submissions, which were later showcased to hundreds of professionals during a breakfast at the IMPACT 2012 Conference.”

Architectural Technology Instructor Beverly Claybrook served on the competition’s judging panel. Claybrook is also the faculty advisor for the college’s USGBC Student Group. As a LEED Accredited Professional with the specialty Building Design + Construction, or LEED AP BD+C, she recognizes the importance of green best practices in the design, construction and technology fields.

“Clients and employers in the architecture and interior design industries are looking for graduates who have more than just a passing acquaintance with sustainability,” Claybrook said. “They are expecting our graduates to have a solid understanding of green building materials and techniques. We emphasize green in our program, which is why many of our students are earning their LEED Green Associate credential before they graduate. The USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition was the ideal way for students and emerging professionals to not only spotlight what they’re learned, but to also help integrate sustainable building principles in the flow of mainstream thinking.”

2012 USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition | 2nd place design: Jellyfish from Cuningham Group Architecture

2012 USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition | 3rd place design: Jellyfish from Cuningham Group Architecture

Katharine Huus and Anne Farniok, instructors in the college’s Interior Design program, are both LEED AP. Huus and Farniok served as mentors for the two DCTC teams participating in the competition, The Green Girls and Dynamic DCTC Designers. The instructors took mentorship to the next level by introducing the competition as part of their program’s summer curriculum. The resulting class, Sustainable Building Systems and Regulations, combined theory and facts in the design of an actual space. Farniok’s instruction explored a studio focus with Huus teaching the tenets of the LEED rating system.

Matt Brooks, a Landscape Horticulture instructor and landscape architect, advised the DCTC teams as well,” Huus said. “My husband, Mark Huus, a licensed architect with Amcon Construction, also served in a mentoring role.”

Farniok noted that both teams presented their designs to Terry Olsen, AIA, CSI, LEED AP BD+C, a TKDA project architect and project manager, at the TKDA offices in St. Paul. “Presenting their designs under real-world, professional conditions was a great experience for our students,” Farniok said.

Jennifer Brundell added that the 2013 Natural Talent Design Competition will take on designing an addition to a local school as part of Green Schools Coalition plans to share the classroom of the future and fundamentally change the way Minnesota students learn about the world around them.

“We have chosen a great site host with an intriguing focus for this competition,” said Brundell. “We should have no trouble attracting participants for a project of this caliber.”

2012 USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition

DCTC and members of USGBC MN approached the Sustainable Learning Center competitive design process with the goal to use winning designs as a model for a future project.

2012 winners:

Site Plan

Site Plan

Site Plan

Other participating teams:
For more information about the USGBC Minnesota Chapter, USGBC Minnesota Emerging Professionals and the 2013 Natural Talent Design Competition, contact:
  • Jennifer Brundell LEED Green Associate 2013 Natural Talent Design Competition Chair USGBC MN Emerging Professionals Chair-Elect 320-815-1241
For more information about Architectural Technology and the USGBC Student Chapter at DCTC, contact:
  • Beverly Claybrook Architectural Technology Instructor USGBC Student Group Advisor 651-423-8306

Another Student Project

Here are two interior views of the beautiful home designed by Colleen Tejano this semester.

Colleen Tejano

Colleen Tejano