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Students Rise to Challenge of 51st Alagasco Competition

Fourth year architecture celebrated the end of Fall 2012 with the 51st annual Alagasco competition. This year's challenge was to design a new 225,000 square-foot hospital in Boston. The site, Parcel 11B, is located on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, a vibrant public corridor created by the monumental public works project of the "Big Dig." This prominent location suggests a Children's Hospital is a civic institution and a complex technical and cultural challenge.

Students visited the site on a three-day class trip to Boston in September. Along with students from Community Planning, fourth year students toured seminal public spaces, canonic urban buildings and recent healthcare case studies including the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

A distinguished panel of professionals juried the final presentations on November 30, 2012. The jury included healthcare experts Patrick Davis from CMH Architects and Dawn Mixon-Bennett from Perkins+Will. James Scott from CodeAccess provided a recognized perspective on code compliance. Additional jurors included Dean Emeritus Dan Bennett, Lida Cunningham Sease from McAlpineTankersley Architecture, Sean Foote from SR&F Architects, and former Alagasco winner Frank Daughtry from KD Architects in Pensacola, Florida.

The jurors were impressed with the complexity of the project and the range and thoroughness of the design solutions. A shortlist of finalists presented their projects, and the panel discussed their overall impressions and final selections.

First Place was awarded to Whitney Johnson, Second Place to Cody Bryant, and Third Place to Samuel Maddox. Honorable Mentions were also awarded to Jeffrey Bak, Sean Flaharty, Samantha O’Leary, Austin Powers, and Ruben Quesada Alvarado. These students attended the AIA Montgomery Design Awards Gala on December 4, 2012 where their final presentations were on display. Awards were made possible by generous support from Alagasco.

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