Congrats Synergis Team!

Montgomery High School seniors Jeremy Bilotti and Sean O’Mara have won the Synergis Architecture Design Competition! The students’ design for transforming urban retail space into a dynamic children’s museum, recently took home the most votes on Facebook, landing the pair a trip to Synergis University to present their design and a $1,000 cash prize.

Earlier this year, Jeremy and Sean met with KSS’ Tom Johnson and Gwen McNamara, LEED AP, to review their proposal. Tom and Gwen offered a variety of tips and ideas to improve the project’s sustainability and overall design.

With a good portion of today’s construction projects entailing re-construction, the Synergis competition asked students to focus on adaptive reuse with a real-world scenario. Starting with AutoCAD drawings of existing buildings, participants needed to create a space for a children’s museum while respecting the era of the original building’s design. Jeremy and Sean’s three-phase design provided options for the future tenant to create a simple or more-sophisticated museum. Exterior changes celebrated the original building’s best features, while exhibit ideas were inspired by the surrounding area’s culture and history.

Check out Jeremy and Sean’s proposal here.