A team of MSOE students took third place in the Integrated Sustainable Building Design (ISBD) competition. The students are part of MSOE’s student chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and represented the university in the 2013 ASHRAE Student Competition.

ASHRAE sponsors international competitions to encourage students to become involved in a profession that is crucial to insuring a sustainable future for our Earth – the design of energy-efficient HVAC systems. The ISBD competition requires multidisciplinary teams to design an energy efficient sustainable project approaching a “Zero-Energy” building with minimized energy demands for HVAC and all other technical systems that could be satisfied with locally available or building-installed renewable energy sources (RES). The emphasis in this competition is on whole-building design, integrating architectural, and construction, mechanical, electrical and other technical disciplines in an integrated approach throughout the design process.

Members of the team included Tiffany Biagini, Ken Brickner, Garrett Ducat, Jake Frey, Andrew Grygiel, Joe Kolavo, Courtney Leaf and Mike Lieu. Each student played an important role.

Ducat, a 2013 architectural engineering graduate, and Kolavo a senior architectural engineering major, were the principal investigators of the Dallas Power and Light Luxury Apartments project’s mechanical systems. Both specialize in building mechanical systems. They performed calculations and made design decisions. Kolavo will accept the team’s award at the ASHRAE Winter Meeting in New York in January 2014.

Biagini and Grygiel, who both graduated with architectural engineering degrees in 2013 and specialized in building mechanical systems, helped compile the report and provided information about the building’s mechanical systems.

Brickner, a 2013 graduate and the only construction management major on the team, was the team’s construction manager. He was responsible for the constructability criteria of the project and meeting LEED requirements.

Frey, an architectural engineering senior specializing in building structural systems, designed the structural system for the Dallas Power and Light Luxury Apartment project.

Leaf and Lieu are both senior architectural engineering majors specializing in building electrical systems. Leaf designed the electrical system for the project and Lieu provided complimentary information for the chosen electrical systems and helped in compiling report data.

Several faculty members advised the team including: Dr. Bass Abushakra, mechanical systems advisor and general competition advisor; Richard W. Eschner, architecture advisor; DeAnna Leitzke, construction management advisor; Dr. Doug Stahl, structural systems advisor; Doug Nelson, plumbing and fire protection advisor; and Andrew Walther, electrical systems advisor.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students celebrating its 110th anniversary. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 94% placement rate; and the highest average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.