PBC+L Associate Helps Empower Tomorrow's Green Design Innovators

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#1 May 9, 2012
May 9, 2012 (Raleigh, NC)–To demonstrate his firm’s support for tomorrow’s “green” designers and builders, Don Kranbuehl, AIA, an associate at Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee (PBC+L) in Raleigh, served as a juror for the 2012 Natural Talent Design Competition sponsored by the North Carolina Triangle chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC).

Kranbuehl is a member of the Triangle USGBC and has served on that organization’s Green Schools Committee for the past three years.

With 12 design teams from seven North Carolina community colleges and universities participating, the competition provided an applied learning experience in the principles of integrated design, sustainability, innovation and social consciousness -- all components of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System. To encourage students and young professionals to become future leaders in the green building movement, the teams had to address sustainability, green building, and community engagement issues as they designed the future Ralph E. Capps Teen Center, which will complement the Raleigh Boys and Girls Clubs campus.

"This competition was a wonderful way to both educate the public about sustainability and to give design ideas for a very worthy cause - the Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County,” Kranbuehl said.“I was honored to be a part of it and enjoyed seeing the work of the college architecture programs across the state."

Will Senner, Triangle USGBC Chapter chair and Skanska project engineer and Lauren Westmoreland, Product Development Specialist at Advanced Energy Corp., joined Kranbuehl on the jury.



The competition was held on April 28 at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. The winners were: First Place, Forsyth Technical Community College; Second Place, Wake Technical Community College; and Honorable Mention, Cape Fear Community College.

The future Teen Center, located in downtown Raleigh at the corner of Glascock Street and Raleigh Boulevard, will serve only high school students. The building will be named for the Clubs’ longtime President / CEO Ralph E. Capps. The organization will move its administrative offices out of the Girls Club and into the new center.

Don Kranbuehl has also been mentoring Moore Square Museums Magnet Middle School in downtown Raleigh to help the school establish an environmental club, aptly named the “Green Team,” and to compete in the 2012 Environmental Stewardship Competition, also sponsored by the Triangle chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The team won first place for recycling, with 666 pounds recycled per 100 students.

For more information on the Natural Talent Design Competition, visit http://bit.ly/IDhNDf . For more information about the Environmental Stewardship Competition, visit http://bit.ly/KMxUOj .

For more information on Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee, visit www.pbclarchitecture.com .

About Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee:

Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee (PBC+L) is an award-winning, full-service architectural firm specializing in academic and cultural arts projects. PBC+L has offices in Raleigh and Asheville, North Carolina. The firm’s work has been published in numerous professional journals and the firm was ranked 23rd in Architecture magazine’s Top 50 Firms in the nation. For more information, visit www.pbclarchitecture.com or find the firm on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.

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