March 01, 2013

Interdisciplinary Win for MCAA Student Chapter

BY LOGEN JOHNSON, BELM ’14, MCAA club president

Never in the past has Wentworth’s Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Student Chapter come so close to the gold. In this year’s annual MCAA competition, a panel of judges met in January to read, discuss, and score the written proposals submitted by 25 MCAA student chapters from across the U.S. and Canada. With the hard work and dedication from the team, as well as strong support from chapter advisors associate professor Cristina Cosma, assistant professor Rogelio Palomera-Arias, and associate professor Ilie Talpasanu, Wentworth’s MCAA team placed fifth. Several team members will be traveling to San Antonio, Texas, in March to accept a Certificate of Merit for their work on the competition proposal.

This year’s competition project asked the teams to answer a request for proposal issued by NASA to design the plumbing and mechanical systems of a 50,000-square-foot Space Exploration Center building at the entrance of NASA Research Park in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Bidders were required to recommend design elements that met or exceeded the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum rating. The project also required that the bids include a post-construction service component.

The successful completion of the MCAA competition required the collaboration of students from construction management, mechanical engineering and technology, and electromechanical engineering. The interdisciplinary nature of the project allowed students to come together and share their knowledge in a collaborative environment where lessons learned in the classroom were applied to design a real-world product.

For more information, read this Q and A with professor Ilie Talpasanu.

IN THE ABOVE PHOTO: From L to R: professor Ilie Talpasanu; professor Rogelio Palomera-Arias; professor Cristina Cosma, Michael Sullivan, Construction Management, ’15; Arthur Lekkas, Construction Management, ’15; Wesley Taggett,  Construction Management, ’14; Jessica Mendez, Construction Management, ’15; Logen Johnson, Electromechanical Engineering, ’14; and Josue Paredes, Construction Management, ’14. Other team members include: Ross Malin, Mechanical Engineering and Technology, ’14; Richard Mello, Mechanical Engineering, ’15; and Zachary Spencer, Construction Management, ’15

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