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Architecture Students and Faculty Present Resilient Designs at National Building Industry Convention

From left: Travis New, Greg Winkler (MAPA executive director), Stephen Staronka, Katherine Isidro, Michael Nieves, Nicole Gabbard, and NJIT Assistant Professor Matt Burgermaster

A group of students and faculty from the College of Architecture and Design recently presented their resilient design work at the 2013 Precast/Pre-stressed Concrete Institute’s (PCI) Annual Convention and National Bridge Conference held in Grapevine, Texas.  This annual event is the industry’s premier national venue for the public dissemination of state-of-the-art precast concrete technologies.  These presentations featured work from The PCI Architectural Design Studio, which explored the use of state-of-the-art precast concrete construction systems in storm resilient designs for communities affected by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey.  NJIT students Nicole Gabbard, Katherine Isidro, Gajun Lau, Travis New, Michael Nieves, Edward Perez, and Stephen Staronka presented their design projects in a public lecture and in a poster session.  Program Coordinator Matt Burgermaster, NJIT assistant professor, presented the studio’s research on storm-resilient design and participated in a panel discussion with other universities on collaborative education with building industry.  As part of the convention activities, the group went on a field trip hosted by the Mid-Altantic Precast Association (MAPA) to internationally-renowned works of architecture, including the Perot Museum for Science by Morphosis Architects, the Kimball Art Museum by Louis Kahn, as well as a tour of the construction site of the Kimball’s new facility by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.