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Lemont students win Mock Architecture National Skyscraper Challenge

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 4:00 p.m. CST

LEMONT – A Lemont High School architectural design firm, 5s Designs, captured six awards, including first place in the National High School Skyscraper Challenge division, at the 2013 Mock Firms Architectural Competition on April 25 and 26.

The team – which included seniors Brian Dirst, Szymon Krzeptowski-Mucha, Scott Matulik, Bryan Shamasko, Ray Stieber and Justin Stanwyck – also was the National Mock Firms Runner-Up, was named the Mock Firms Midwest Regional Champion and captured Top State Firm, Top Construction Firm and Top Architecture Firm honors.

The Mock Firms competition helps both high school and college students simulate architectural design firms. This year’s theme was Rediscover the Future, and entrants were challenged to design a facility that would include hospital services, outpatient services, research facilities, health care provider offices, rehabilitation facilities, senior residences and a medical school.

The building developed by 5s Designs – nicknamed The Sail due to its shape and the method by which it deflects Chicago’s strong winds – would be 2,013 feet tall, which would make it the second-tallest building in the world.

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