Optima Engineering Sponsors Sandcastle Design Competition

During the annual AIA North Carolina Convention (the 100th Anniversary of the chapter) in Wilmington, Optima was pleased to support the AIA and its members by hosting a sandcastle building competition! Working in partnership with Raleigh architect T. Edwin Moore, AIA and his charity Mile of Hope (to which a portion of the competition proceeds went as a benefit), Optima challenged the convention attendees to put their best design instincts…into the sand! In the end, five unique entries were exhibited, including an excellent, scale model of the AIA NC building in Raleigh (courtesy of Stroud Pence Structural Engineers) and a wave-riding surf scene (courtesy of BMH Architects in Wilmington). In the end, we were happy to find that all five sand structures were 100% Net Zero Energy by design – and completely sustainable…until the next wave!