Civil Engineering and Architecture is one of the Career and Technical Education (C.T.E) courses offered at New Canaan High School.
This year, under the direction of Ms. Maltagliati, students have entered in a competition held by the Home Builders Association of Hartford County, Inc. Students were to design and model a home that incorporated at least three National Association of Home Builders green building guidelines, Accessibility (ADA) design options, and Energy Star/Efficient features. The students also researched Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (L.E.E.D) concepts to aid in their green dream home.
The students who submitted their designs are: seniors John Barfuss and Steven Nilla, juniors Colette Pellegrini de Paur and Matthew Toth, and sophomores Alexander Ellsworth and Tage Liland. The student home design contest was held at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.
The models were displayed during the Connecticut Home & Remodeling Show from March first to the third. They were judged by a panel of members from the Home Builders Associate of Hartford County Inc. There were first through fourth place awards where students won a cash prize as well as a scholarship and then there were awards for Areas of Excellence.
The winners for the awards of excellence earned $500 to the student’s school to enhance the department curriculum. Steven Nilla won an award in the area of excellence under the category “Best First Time Entry for a School”. He was invited to Hartford on Friday, March 1 for the awards ceremony where he received a certificate from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal. While giving the certificate Senator Blumenthal indicated to Ms. Maltagliati that he would like to follow up and visit the C.T.E. department at New Canaan High School.
Later in the month Steven and Ms. Maltagliati are to return to Hartford for a Student Home Design Awards Night Dinner where Steven will receive a plaque and Ms. Maltagliati will collect the award for the Career and Technical Education department.