September 10, 2013: Holyoke the Focus of Design Innovation Challenge
15 Properties Adjacent to Carlos Vega Park, Holyoke MA
84 Sargent Street, Holyoke MA; The Parson’s Paper Site
Property at 123 Pine Street, Holyoke MA; The Alpine
Property at 1 Cabot Street, Holyoke MA; 200,000 SF Mill Building.
To engage the next generation of designers and engineers in the key energy issues and strategies of the day, NESEA sponsors an annual design competition for college and university students. The target participants include college, university and building science design programs in the 10 states in NESEA’s region from Maine to Washington D.C., plus the Eastern Canadian Provinces. In 2013-14 we have 9 colleges and universities and 17 teams competing across the four divisions.
One of the earliest planned industrial cities in the U.S., Holyoke, Massachusetts was built to harness the potential energy of the Connecticut River at Hadley Falls in the 19th century. NESEA calls on student designers to envision ways Holyoke could lead the way as a sustainable city of the 21st century by using renewable energy to fuel an economic revitalization.
Design cost-effective super-insulated and net zero energy (post-carbon) proposals that have high aesthetic value to promote acceptance and adoption by owners, developers and the public.
Four Competition Divisions: Design Challenges selected by the City of Holyoke, MA
These design-challenge properties were selected from among a great many potential projects with strategic economic and social interest to Holyoke and are owned by or available to the City.
Colleges and Universities in the 2013-14 Competition
Which just completed in February 2014
Final submissions will include two 24”x36” boards, a written narrative, an energy summary including the projected EUI/SF/year, and a projected build-cost summary. A panel of judges will evaluate the submissions in five interconnected categories:
Announcement of Competition
Team Results Announced to Each Individual Team
BE14 – Exhibition & Awards Ceremony
Please see the Design Guide for more details on the Design-Challenges.