Vermont Tech Students Place Third in International Design Competition

04 Aug 2014

Three Vermont Tech students received third place in the 2014 ASHRAE Student Design Competition. The team includes recent graduates Constantin Condrat and Tyler Gendron, as well as current senior Stephen Wichmann, who are all part of the bachelor degree program in Architectural Engineering Technology at Vermont Tech. The students submitted their senior project in the American Society for Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) HVAC Design Calculations category competition in May 2014. This is the second year in a row that students from Vermont Tech have placed in the top three in the international competition.

“We’re very proud of Constantin, Tyler and Stephen,” said Scott Sabol, professor of Architectural & Building Engineering Technology at Vermont Tech. “They worked extremely hard to earn this award and it’s exciting to see our students competing and receiving recognition on such a large, international scale.”

The competition is sponsored by ASHRAE to encourage students to become involved in a profession that is crucial to ensuring a sustainable future for our Earth – the design of energy-efficient HVAC systems. The students were responsible for selecting appropriate HVAC systems and equipment for a two-story office and research/development building in New York City. They incorporated energy-saving measures and calculated life-cycle costs related to both the installation and long-term operation of the system. The submittal was judged against others in the region and then finally against all national and international submittals. ASHRAE will recognize the outstanding student design projects at the 2015 ASHRAE Winter Meeting to be held in Chicago on Janaury 24th-28th.

ASHRAE also recently awarded Courtney Hart, a student at Vermont Tech, with a national scholarship. The Lynn G. Bellenger Scholarship is $5,000 and is given to a female to honor the first female president of ASHRAE, who served 2010-2011. Hart is from Topsham, Vt. and is entering her senior year in the Architectural Engineering Technology program and works for ARC Mechanical Contractors.

Both the associate and bachelor degree programs in Architectural and Building Engineering Technology at Vermont Tech prepare students for careers in the buildings industry, with occupations such as design technician, engineer, architect, construction manager or technical sales.