Eight Teams To Compete In “Benched 2.0”

July 4, 2016

The Institute of Bermuda Architects [IBA] today [Jul 4] announces that eight teams will compete in “Benched 2.0”, its design-build competition that is aimed at students at the high school and university level.

The competition pairs students with designers and builders with the task of designing and creating a bench by July 16. The benches will be on display at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo [BAMZ] for public viewing. Winners will be selected in two categories: public vote and professional judging.

Benched 2 Teams Bermuda July 4 2016 Arbour Harbour

The students who are competing in “Benched 2.0” are: Jean-Pierre Lucas, Nafiayah Raynor, Kevin Simmons, Clara James, A’Maiah L. Butterfield, Zeo Oleksak, Ayo Salawu, Teree C.R. Trott, Liam Flannery, Chanika Jones, Christian Chin Gurret, Corrie Cross, Paul Swan, Brian Wedlich, Francis Mussenden, Joanna Martin and Connor Strohecker

Firms who will offer professional design support to the students include: Bermuda Stripping & Refinishing, Botelho Wood Architects, Brick Verde, Geoff Parker Architect, Nicky Gurret and OBMI.

Benched 2 Teams Bermuda July 4 2016 BOW Bench on Wheels

Builders who will assist the students to develop their bench designs include: Bermuda Stripping & Refinishing, Carvalho Construction, E&G Craftshop, J&W Construction and Viera’s Construction & Painting.

Krystal Rodrigues, President, IBA, says: “We are excited to watch these eight teams to compete in ‘Benched 2.0’, our second design build competition.

“We hope the public gets involved with this unique competition and supports these students by attending the viewing and voting on July 16 as a lot of thought and hard work goes into the making of the benches.

“The IBA is happy to provide opportunities for students to learn fundamentals of good design and we were amazed at the results of last year’s competition. We expect this year to be even better.

Benched 2 Teams Bermuda July 4 2016 Latitude

The public is invited to judge the benches on Saturday, July 16 between 10am and 2pm at BAMZ and will be asked to select their top three entrants. The professional judges will view the submissions at the same time and will make their decision based on design concept, creativity and use of materials.

This is the second year that the IBA has held a design-build competition and it has run several successful student and professional design competitions in the past. This is event is sponsored by Joe Vieira Trucking, Pembroke Tile & Stone, Atlantic Building Consultants & Bermuda Interiors.

The benches will be on display at BAMZ from July 16 through August.

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