Pittsburgh, PA – IKM Incorporated, one of Pittsburgh’s oldest and most respected architecture firms has two young architects participating in an event that hopes to raise awareness of the trades and the design profession in the Pittsburgh Area.
The event hosted by the Greater PA Regional Council of Carpenters is the Annual Design/Build Competition & Open House on May 11, 2012 in their state-of-the-art training facility.
The Open House takes place today at the Carpenters Training Center, 652 Ridge Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15205 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The highlight of the day is a showcase of the best and brightest young professionals of the construction industry in the Design/Build Competition. The competition consists of a young architect, a young constructor and a carpenter apprentice being randomly grouped to construct a project in accordance with this year’s theme.
Graduate architects, Nelly Dacic and Natale Cozzolongo of IKM architects have volunteered to participate.
“This competition is an excellent hands-on opportunity for our young architects to gain an appreciation of the importance of the carpenter and build-team members’ contributions to a project,” said John Schrott, AIA, ACHA, president of IKM.
At the completion of the day, each project is on display for the public to view and each Design/Build team is recognized. This year projects will be donated to Animal Friends. The theme is always a secret so that guests could be surprised when they arrive; the only thing that can be mentioned at this time on the theme is that man’s best friend should be happy at the end of the day.
“We are excited that Animal Friends will be the non-profit beneficiary of some of today’s projects,” said Schrott. “As you may know, IKM designed the Animal Friends Facility on Camp Horne Road about 5 years ago.”
The Open House allows guests to get a better understanding of the skilled workforce that the MBA contractor offers to an AIA architect’s design.