Middlebury’s SD Team Celebrates the Start of Spring with a New House!
Enthusiastic students and community members gathered at our on-campus building site, Ridgeline Parking Lot, Thursday afternoon to celebrate the start of spring construction of InSite. After two months of constructing the panels, the initial walls and flooring of InSite were fully assembled and the house was open for people to walk though. Inside, members of the construction team were offering tours and describing the future installments for the house. For entertainment outside the house, a Middlebury rock band The Blue Laws played and delicious refreshments from local businesses, including Otter Creek Bakery, the Co-op and Monument Farms were out for everyone’s enjoyment.
President Ron Liebowitz opened the event, speaking to the importance of the Solar Decathlon competition in giving the students the opportunity to work design and execute a project that proposes real-world solutions to transitioning towards alternative energy.
Head of construction, Kate Eiseman (’15) spoke next in regards to the rewards of fully immersing oneself and dedicating one’s time and energy to a single project. Kate talked about the process of making Middlebury’s Solar Decathlon’s design plan for InSite a reality, recalling the long-days and frustrations of building the house, but emphasizing her gratefulness for having the opportunity to fully devote herself to this project.
Laura Romig (’12.5), in charge of fundraising for the Solar Decathlon project, spoke briefly to thank parents, alumni and community donors who have, as of this Monday, helped the Middlebury Solar Decathlon team raise over half a million dollars!
To engage our younger community members, Seton Talty, a member of the Communications and Outreach team lead a fun trivia challenge. Those who correctly answered questions about the Solar Decathlon competition were awarded with free SD’13 tee-shirts.
All in all, with clear skies and the sun on our side I think it’s fair to say we have successfully kicked off spring construction! We can’t wait to see the further transformation of our plans and dreams into physical reality. We encourage you to stop by ridgeline and check it out for yourself!
Written by Adrian Kerester