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THE CHALLENGE: Design a Texas high school football stadium for a modern era

CHICAGO, March 19, 2020 --- What Might A Future High School Football Stadium Look Like? That was the design competition for Project Precast 2020. Just in its second year, the competition brought college and university students together with industry mentors for three days in Fort Worth, TX, the site of PCI’s annual Precast Show.

“The students had no idea what their project was, nor had they ever met the industry mentors or other members of their teams before they arrived in Texas,” said Marty McIntyre, Chicago-based executive director of the PCI Foundation and host of the competition.

The night the students arrived they were given an abbreviated version of the design challenge. In keeping with the locale, the challenge was to design a Texas high school football stadium for the modern era, using precast concrete.

The teams were given just 30 hours to research, collaborate, complete a one-page summary, prepare a PowerPoint presentation and present their final design to an audience of more than 100 who packed the meeting room at the PCI Convention in Fort Worth on March 6th. The overall sponsor was SIKA with Paul Ramsburg involved as the supplier expert, moderator and a member of the jury.

The winning team - To see a YouTube video of the winning presentation, click here.

From left to right, is winning TEAM CLARK PACIFIC

Courtney Prentiss, a graduate student in architecture and construction management,

Washington University in St. Louis

Sarveswaran Ganapathy, a graduate student in architecture, North Carolina State University

Lev Darney, undergraduate engineering student, CSU Sacramento