Monday, April 11, 2011


I was invited to attend an event last Thursday to celebrate the University of Maryland's entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011, WaterShed. It was great to see the excitement and enthusiasm of the Team and sneak-a-peek at the house. It will be amazing! The goal of the Team is to not only to win the Solar Decathlon (!), but to change the way people live. The University of Maryland was inspired by the Chesapeake Bay to design a house that can live in harmony with nature. Learn how WaterShed provides a unique solution to the challenges faced by the largest estuary in the United States at the DOE website:

The guest list included students, faculty, and mentors of Team Maryland. And speaking for the team were: Wallace D. Loh, President, University of Maryland; Richard King, Director, U.S Department of Energy Solar Decathlon; David Cronrath, Dean, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; Darryll Pines, Dean, A. James Clark School of Engineering; Amy Gardner, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; Principal Investigator, WaterShed; Madlen Simon, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; Co-Principal Investigator, WaterShed; Allison Wilson, Student Team Leader, Architecture; David Daily, Student Team Leader, Engineering; Scott Tjaden, Student Team Leader, Living Systems; Parlin Meyer, Student Team Leader, Construction.

It was especially nice to hear how much the Team appreciated the hard work, dedication, and mentoring of our good customer, John Cartagirone, American Power & Light (, who got us involved in the project. He is very forward thinking and a great guy. Check out the house on-line or visit it once it is reassembled at West Potomac Park for the Decathlon Sept 23 - Oct 2, 2011. (or call John!)

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