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Santa Clara Solar Decathlon Wins First Place in Communications and Architecture in Washington, D.C.

Oct. 12, 2009

Quick Update from Tuesday!: Team California just took First Place in Communications. Still in First overall!

A nearly hysterical Allison Kopf (student project manager, SCU '11) called this morning with the tremendous news that the SCU+CCA Team California Refract House had just taken FIRST PLACE IN ARCHITECTURE (, and tied for third place in the Market Viability contest (

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Valiantly working to hold her emotions in check, she said, "There are smiles and tears all around!"

Prof. Tim Hight, said (understatedly), "It's pretty happy here."

The excitement built as the team learned the results for market viability and waited to hear the architecture standings. "They made the announcement for architecture and there were two teams tied for third place, then they announced second, and then Team California was named first place. It's so exciting to see Team California listed in first place for the overall standings!" he said.

Congratulations and a big thank you to our partner, California College of the Arts for their stunning design and architectural expertise! Watch video of Team California's architecture win and of our 3rd Place Market Viability announcement.

Now, it's right back to work. "It's a cool and cloudy day here in D.C., so we have some decisions to make on where to use our energy," Hight continued. "Tim Sennott (SCU '09) will be working the numbers to a fine point, trying to keep our house warm while maximizing efficiency and staying within the comfort zone under these weather conditions."

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