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EPA to Recognize Winners of Laboratories for the 21st Century Student Design Competition

Release Date: 09/30/2004
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Contact: Enesta P. Jones 202-564-7873 /

(09/30/04) EPA will recognize the student winners of the first-ever Laboratories for the 21st Century (Labs21) Student Design Competition on Oct. 5 at the Labs21 2004 Annual Conference in St. Louis, Mo. The competition challenged architecture students from the United States and Canada to design a sustainable, low-energy laboratory similar to the architecture of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The student winners are: First Place - Bernhard Kutzer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University; Second Place - Etienne Boudreault-Sauvageau and Pascal Gobeil, Université Laval Green; Third Place - Mathieu Lemieux Blanchard and Marie Bourdeau, McGill University. The honorable mentions are: Zenin Adrian and Jin-Yi Pao, University of Toronto; Dominic Grecki and Kevin Leslie, Lawrence Technological University; David Minke and Jason Nelson, University of Toronto; Veronique Proteau and Marie-Helene Verdier, Université Laval; and Rabindra Ramcharan, Syracuse University. In order to submit a design, each student dedicated an entire semester of the school year to the project, working closely with a faculty sponsor. The winners were chosen from among 200 submissions. The competition was sponsored by EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy, with support from Public Works and Government Services Canada and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. The Labs21 2004 Annual Conference is a three-day event in St. Louis, Mo., which will bring together the world's leading laboratory designers and engineers to discuss opportunities for sustainable laboratory design, operation, and management. This one-of-a-kind conference features tours of some of the region's state-of-the-art R&D facilities, which now total more than 17 million square feet; more than 75 technical sessions and smaller working meetings covering new strategies in lab design and management; and a technology fair featuring some of the most innovative products on the market. For more information on Labs21, as well as the conference and Student Design Competition, go to: .