Let’s congratulate these teams on advancing to the final round of competition! To recap, 64 total submissions were received across 9 competing schools. Each school held a local judging round to select a team to represent them in this national judging round.
The top 3 teams are:
- Indiana University – Team CCRJ (docx)
- The Ohio State University – 3 Bucks (docx)
- University of Nebraska, Lincoln – MORPH (docx)
Students from these teams have won a very special trip to Herman Miller Headquarters located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Taking place in February, the teams will spend two days working alongside academic and industry professionals to refine their proposals and pitch a polished version of their design for final judging. The winning team will be awarded a $2000 cash prize. Over summer, their proposal will be built with furniture provided free of cost from Herman Miller (up to $80,000 in value) and a $20,000 renovation budget provided by BTAA.
Judges for the national round consisted of one representative of each competing university plus one representative from Herman Miller. Each of the judges selected and ranked their top 3 proposals before meeting to reach consensus. With so many strong proposals, the decision was incredibly tough, and a second round of voting became necessary to fill the third and final slot. The vote took place between none other than The Ohio State University vs. University of Michigan, among which exists a longstanding, competitive athletic rivalry. Ohio State prevailed in the closest victory possible, a vote of 5-4.
See related article: Top 9 Teams Selected