Seattle University

NCEES Engineering Education Award $10,000 winner

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Project: Home for the Homeless using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) Waste Stream


Students: Alissa Capuano, Allie Elles, Derek Manaka, Jacob May, and Alex Roderic

Faculty: Michael Wright, P.E., S.E., and Nirmala Gnanapragasam Ph.D., P.E.

Professional Engineer: Karl Rosman, P.E.

Additional Participants: Jennifer LaFreniere, Tomasz Biernacki, Todd Beyreuther, and Rick Gagliano

Jury comments:

“I was impressed that utilization of seismic, vibration, fire hazard/safety, and codes and standards were all rolled into one project which has definite benefits for areas that have needs for this design application.”

“I love that material that would otherwise be waste is put to good use with the CLT system and that unskilled volunteers can assemble the building.”

“This was an innovative approach and something that could easily be implemented in the real world. The impact to public health is significant, and I hope to see this done in my community.”