Students Win National Home Design Contest

Winning Design

A team of students from Onondaga, SUNY ESF, and Syracuse University earned first place honors in the the U.S. Department of Energy’s Challenge Home Student Design Competition April 26 and 27 in Denver, Colorado. Student teams were required to create and present designs for a cost-effective, zero energy ready home for mainstream builders. Onondaga students Jacek Bartczak (Klucze, Poland), Andrew Kenneally (West Genesee), Krystal Tyrrell (Faith Heritage) and David Wallace (Fulton) were members of the winning team. They won first place in the category of Detached Single Family Homes. SUNY ESF student Brent Crump (Sandy Creek), who graduated from Onondaga in 2009, was also a member of the winning team.

“When it was announced we had won it felt like a dream,” said Wallace. The judges’ decision stated: “The team developed an adaptable, accessible Craftsman-style design that embodied responsible development. The team showed leadership for the sustainable redevelopment of an existing community in Syracuse. The design successfully created a high-performance home that was buildable and appealing. They presented their plans with passion and conviction that showed a strong understanding of building science principles.”

“It was a great experience,” said Wallace. “We learned how to work together in a professional setting. Working together with students from other schools and often communicating through phone calls and emails made for a real-world experience. It gave me confidence I can accomplish almost anything.”