Video: Inside Norwich’s C.A.S.A. 802 Tiny House

Video still: Architect and NU Assistant Professor Tolya Stonorov speaks in front of bright red orange door of C.A.S.A. 802 tiny house.
Norwich University Office of Communications

September 27, 2016

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Learn more about C.A.S.A. 802, a modular, tiny house project designed and built by faculty and students from Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art, David Crawford School of Engineering, and construction management programs. Energy efficient and sustainably designed, the $30,000 structure offers a modern alternative to mobile homes for young families and can be expanded over time.

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Norwich Commencement | The Graduates: Shaili Patel ’16

Photo: Candid photo of four civilian and cadet Norwich students, Shaili Patel second from right

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Shaili Patel ’16

Hometown: Nashua, NH
Double Major: Architecture + History
Student Path: Civilian
Activities:

  • NU Honors Program
  • Student Government Association
  • Residence Advisor
  • CityLAB: Berlin Semester Abroad
  • NUVisions Abroad: Philippines
  • Undergraduate Research

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What Norwich Taught Me

“Norwich taught me to be a confident, independent woman,” Patel says. “It showed me that I have the capabilities to be a leader, as well as the capacity to grow and learn as a person.” She credits Norwich faculty for opening countless opportunities and Norwich friends who “helped me develop my backbone and break me out of my shy shell.”
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Shaili Patel was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya and immigrated to the United States when she was 10. In the U.S., she moved often as her parents—both professionals—sought better economic opportunities. She quips that the experience at least taught her how to pack.

Patel found an academic home at Norwich, where she double majored in architecture and history and seized numerous opportunities. She won a coveted NU Summer Research Fellowship and stipend that sent her to London to study the seminal work of architects Christopher Wren and John Gwynn. While at Norwich, Patel entered the U.S. Navy’s Civil Engineer Collegiate Program. The day before Commencement, Norwich President Richard W. Schneider presented Patel with the one of two inaugural student leadership awards. In addition to her parents, her high school drafting teacher attended her graduation.

Patel plans to intern with Norwich chief administrative officer David Magida and his staff this summer as they continue work on bicentennial capital campaign building projects around campus. This fall, Patel continues her studies at NU’s School of Architecture + Art in the one-year master’s program. Upon completion, she will commission as a Civil Engineer Corps Officer in the U.S. Navy. “I want to pay it forward to the country that helped me become who I am.”

Norwich University hosts Resilient Vermont Conference

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

May 13, 2016

Norwich University is hosting the Institute for Sustainable Communities’ inaugural Resilient Vermont Conference Friday and Saturday, May 20-21.

This interactive event will bring together community leaders, municipal officials, organizations and agencies working to strengthen Vermont’s resilience to climate change and other challenges. Participants will gain the skills, ideas, inspiration, connections and resources for on-the-ground action to make the community stronger, more vibrant, and better prepared.

“Vermonters continue to face climate-related challenges like powerful storms and warming temperatures, all while navigating shifting economies and new policies,” conference organizer Rebecca Stone said. “We must act now to protect our treasured people and places.”

The conference offers over 30 workshops including several led by Norwich faculty and staff. On Saturday, Associate VP for Communications and Marketing Kathleen Murphy-Moriarty will teach about effective messaging; Professors Huw Read and Kris Rowley will present on cybersecurity Friday and Saturday; Professor of Civil Engineering Edwin Schmeckpeper will serve on Friday’s panel discussing “Housing Vulnerable Populations;” Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Tara Kulkarni will serve on Friday’s panel “Report Card for Vermont’s Infrastructure,” and is part of a three-person team leading the “GSI: Northfield – Walking Tour of Green Infrastructure and Flood Recovery,” which is offered on both Friday and Saturday.

In August 2011 Hurricane Irene devastated parts of the town of Northfield. In the months that followed, Norwich students gave over 4,000 hours in clean up and recovery efforts.

Norwich was the first private school in the country to teach engineering, and

according to APPA data, Norwich University has been one of the most energy efficient campuses in the country for the past 20-plus years.

Norwich has undertaken a wide range of measures to improve energy efficiency on campus including: upgrade to more efficient boilers at its Central Power Plant; replacement of all old, poorly insulated steam distribution lines; installation of a cogeneration system; use of powerful building control systems; installation of heat recovery systems; building of a biomass system that replaces the burning of fuel oil with the burning of locally-sourced wood chips to heat 98 percent of campus, and use of only high efficiency lighting and motors.

Norwich has two LEED certified dormitories, and all renovations and new construction includes the installation of proven, high efficiency systems.

Norwich University is committed to providing a world class education by integrating sustainability across curricula. Recent projects include: an award winning solar house in the US Dept. of Energy’s Solar Decathlon; affordable, micro solar houses; original research in water run-off filtering and recovery, and building an outdoor classroom at Northfield High School.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the two-day conference (cost $45) see the conference website: https://resilientvt.org/action/conference/.

About the Institute for Sustainable Communities

An international nonprofit organization, the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) has 25 years of practical experience working with local leaders to accelerate climate change and sustainability solutions. ISC’s programs are designed to facilitate peer learning and engagement among local leaders charged with the work of making their communities more sustainable. ISC has led more than 103 projects in 30 countries, and currently works in China, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Thailand and the United States. Learn more here.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Ideas @ Work: #1 Tiny House

CAD rendering of Norwich University's CASA initiative tiny house design.
33 ideas big and small from Norwich students, faculty, staff, and alumni that are transforming campus and the world.
The Norwich Record

Spring 2016

Sometimes a big problem requires a small solution. Enter the CASA initiative, a 334-square-foot tiny house with a small $40,000 price tag, solar power included. Norwich University faculty and students developed the house to address Vermont’s affordable-housing crisis. Nearly 12 percent of Vermonters live below the poverty level, and median household income in the state barely tops $54,000. That leaves many low-income residents priced out of the traditional housing market. Those who can, often turn to mobile homes, which cost around $39,900 on average and are typically financed with car loans. But, unlike traditional houses, mobile homes depreciate in value over time.

Seeking to provide an alternative, the Norwich School of Architecture + Art faculty launched the Creating Affordable Sustainable Architecture (CASA) initiative last year. Sparked by a $20,000 seed grant from TD Bank, architecture faculty Tolya Stonorov, Danny Sagan, Cara Armstrong, and Matt Lutz worked on the initial design over the summer. Last fall, CASA principal investigator and civil engineering professor Ed Schmeckpeper began designing and assembling the build-out with Norwich engineering and construction management students. This spring, junior and senior architecture students in a design/build studio led by Professor Stonorov will complete the project.

With clean lines and a gabled roof, the nearly 14- by 28-foot home offers a modernist, minimalist take on a classic Vermont farmhouse. Sliding glass doors open from its small front porch onto a high-ceilinged living room/kitchen/dining area. Beyond lies a bathroom, bedroom, and storage space. The tiny home can accommodate two adults and a child. Solar panels supply the home’s electricity needs, while even more high-powered engineering lies under the roof. Starting next year, the CASA initiative team plans to develop additional units that can “plug” into the starter house, enabling households with growing families and incomes to expand.

Stonorov says CASA’s ultimate goal is to create a house that is not just beautiful, practical, and affordable—but widely available. The CASA team aims to partner with organizations that share the goal of bringing innovative, sustainable housing to income-eligible Vermonters. “This project will fail to fulfill its mission if we only produce one.”

Photo illustration courtesy Tolya Stonorov
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Ideas @ Work: #26-28 School of Architecture + Art

33 ideas big and small from Norwich students, faculty, staff, and alumni that are transforming campus and the world.
The Norwich Record

Spring 2016

Listing all the innovative projects spilling out of Chaplin Hall would easily fill the rest of this magazine. So let’s settle for a few highlights:

26. Professor Eleanor D’Aponte continues to explore fabric-formed concrete. “The value of her work as part of the research contingent of a vanguard movement … cannot be underestimated,” says colleague Cara Armstrong. “It is radical research propositions such as hers that change how we build.”

27. Meanwhile, architecture professor Matt Lutz and instructor Stephen Kredell worked with sophomores last fall to conceive how repurposed Conex shipping containers could be used to build classrooms, health clinics, and community centers in Afghanistan.

28. And at a kickoff event last fall, senior architecture students led by architecture professor Michael Hoffman took design inspiration from Palette2030.org. The nascent architectural movement and design’s credo calls for zeroing out the carbon footprint of the built environment in the next several decades.

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Ideas @ Work: #23 Building a Better Park

33 ideas big and small from Norwich students, faculty, staff, and alumni that are transforming campus and the world.
The Norwich Record

Spring 2016

Norwich faculty David Westerman (geology), Tara Kulkarni (civil engineering), Matthew Lutz (architecture), and Thomas Roberge (physical education) are working with NU students and the Town of Northfield to design and build a community park on reclaimed land along the flood-prone Dog River. Striving to design more than just a pretty public park, the multi-disciplinary town-and-gown team hopes to build a multi-use green space that also educates visitors about the river’s natural flood cycle.

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Ideas @ Work: #13 Summer Camps

Photo of students at the Norwich University GenCyber@NU summer cyber camp

33 ideas big and small from Norwich students, faculty, staff, and alumni that are transforming campus and the world.

The Norwich Record

Spring 2016

How do you recruit promising high school students to test drive the Norwich experience? Think summer camp. For 15 years now, NU’s Future Leaders Camp has brought teenagers to campus for a two-week, military-leadership adventure camp. Last year, Norwich launched two new summer programs. GenCyber@NU offered a free, weeklong cybersecurity immersion for high school juniors and seniors. The program was cosponsored by the National Security Administration and the National Science Foundation. The School of Architecture + Art also hosted a Summer Design Academy for aspiring architects taught by Norwich faculty and alumni. All three camps return this summer, along with a new offering: an entrepreneur boot camp hosted by NU’s School of Business and Management.

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Ideas @ Work: #8 CityLAB: Berlin

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33 ideas big and small from Norwich students, faculty, staff, and alumni that are transforming campus and the world.
The Norwich Record

Spring 2016

NU’s CityLAB: Berlin microcampus provides students from Norwich and other universities a life-changing opportunity to explore and experience the German capital—one of the Europe’s most dynamic cities with a population of 3.5 million. World-class faculty offer courses in Architecture + Art, History, Political Science, and Studies in War and Peace that challenge and inspire.

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Norwich offers summer camps for architecture and cybersecurity

Photo of students at the Norwich University GenCyber@NU summer cyber camp

~Camps give students the opportunity to learn at a top cybersecurity program and at the only accredited architecture school in northern New England.~

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 29, 2016

Norwich University is offering two summer camps led by standout Norwich faculty, alumni and students for rising high school juniors and seniors.

The first program, GenCyber@NU, is a free, U.S. government-sponsored camp for cyber security and cyber defense. In it, students will be provided the hardware and software to build a mini computer, which they will keep at the end of the program. The week-long, pre-college program, to be held from July 17-23, is designed for students interested in information security, digital forensics, cyberattack defense, and personal online protection.

The camp is funded by a grant from the National Security Agency and National Science Foundation and is FREE for attending students. All expenses for the week-long program, including tuition, room and board, field trips, and other program fees are covered at no cost to GenCyber@NU participants.

Applications are due April 15. Interested students should submit a letter of interest, a letter of recommendation and an unofficial high school transcript via email to gencyber@norwich.edu. For more information, go here: http://profschools.norwich.edu/business/gen-cyber-camp/.

Norwich University undergraduate and online graduate programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cyber security education and are certified by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE). Norwich University has been a member of the National Science Foundation’s Cyber Corps Scholarship for Service program since 2002.

The second program is facilitated by Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art, which will hold a Summer Design Academy from July 10-16. During the week-long program, students will grapple with design thinking and explore the communication of their ideas through various media and hands-on projects.

Workshops, lectures, demonstrations and off-campus experiences complement daily design studios. Students will gain a broader view of the field while developing skills and portfolio materials to add to their college applications. Students will also be advised on the college admission and portfolio-building processes.

Local designer and Norwich alumnus Joshua Chafe of Truex Cullins in Burlington, Vt. will join School of Architecture + Art faculty to provide design guidance and critique as students learn to design and build full-scale structures and spaces during studio time.

The cost, including room and board, is $750. Applications will be accepted through April 25. For more information, go here: http://profschools.norwich.edu/architectureart/summer-camp-front-page/

The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture. Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is the only NAAB accredited architecture school in northern New England.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Architect, Educator and Community Leader Margaret Griffin to Speak at Norwich Architecture + Art’s Lecture Series

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 17, 2016

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art presents “Back to Basics or Migrant Form?” a lecture by Margaret Griffin, FAIA, co-founder of the Los Angeles based firm Griffin Enright Architects.

A continuation of the spring 2016 lecture series, this event will be held on Friday, Mar. 25, at 4 p.m. in the Chaplin Hall Gallery and is free and open to the public.

Griffin is an architect, educator, and community leader who co-founded Griffin Enright Architects in an effort to establish a collaborative, creative, and forward-thinking practice.

The firm’s fluid and dynamic work combines innovative design and experimentation in a desire to explore cultural complexities relative to the built environment. Griffin Enright Architects’ work has been acknowledged on a local, national, and global scale receiving dozens of awards for design excellence from the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) and the American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum.

Griffin’s design education includes both a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University and a Master of Architecture degree from University of Virginia. Upon graduating, she was granted a fellowship from the American Academy in Rome to investigate the relationship between urban form and landforms, a subject she continues to examine in her architectural practice through landscape design.

While busy running her emerging practice, Griffin is also a practicing Professor at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), with twenty-two years of experience teaching at universities including Syracuse University, University of Southern California, and University of California, Los Angeles.

Griffin is also an active and participating member of her community, committing her time to service as an appointed member of Santa Monica’s Architectural Review Board and previously as a member of the AIA Board of Directors, Los Angeles chapter.

The NU School of Architecture + Art Lecture Series is supported by a generous grant from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation. For more than 10 years, the Byrne Foundation has partnered with Norwich University to bring eminent national and international architects, designers, artists, and writers to campus. Events are free and open to the public.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu