Congratulations to the three teams chosen to advance to the final round of the Big Ten Student Design Competition. Of the 30 total submissions received from the seven competing schools, the top three teams are:
- Ohio State University – Golden Bucks
- University of Nebraska, Lincoln – The Groundbreakers
- University of Wisconsin – Team Forward
Students from these teams have won a trip in February to Herman Miller Headquarters located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 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, and in summer 2020, 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 difficult.