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Penn State Prize Linked to ELECTRI Grant
As of June 24, 2018

Published on: 
October 14, 2014

Originally launched with an energy research grant from ELECTRI International to Penn State, the GridSTAR Smart Grid Experience Center received special mention when The Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering received the National Building Museum's 2014 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology. 

Chase W. Rynd, Executive Director of the National Building Museum, commented, "Of particular note is the innovative research underway at the GridSTAR Center in Philadelphia's Navy Yard." The Department of Architectural Engineering was cited for "fostering a broad range of collaborative research efforts that will lead to efficiencies in the construction process and encourage energy-efficient building solutions." 

Chimay Anumba, professor and head of architectural engineering, said, "We are delighted with this wonderful recognition of our research efforts on high performance, energy-efficient buildings. Many colleagues have worked hard on this strategic research thrust, and I am really pleased that David Riley's work on GridSTAR has earned a special mention." Riley, principal investigator and director of the GridSTAR Smart Grid Experience Center, noted, "One of the unique features of the Center is the integrative approach to design and develop the facilities and the inclusion of the Navy Yard leadership, manufacturers and energy technology integration firms. Each was offered an opportunity to contribute their unique expertise and perspectives, resulting in a project that no one entity could have conceived or created."

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