The Catholic University of America

Feb. 20, 2013

Three D.C. Universities Defy Culture of Gridlock, Work Together for Solar Decathlon

Catholic, George Washington, and American Universities Comprise Unprecedented Citywide Effort


 Gridlock? Not in D.C.’s universities. On Wednesday, Feb. 27, students from three D.C. universities – The Catholic University of America, the George Washington University, and American University – will band together as one local team to begin construction on a unique, energy-efficient home designed to foster the healing of a wounded U.S. military veteran as part of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013.

Team Capitol DC, an unprecedented collaboration of D.C. universities, will represent a citywide presence at the elite international competition Oct. 3-13 in Irvine, Calif., as one of 20 selected teams from around the world. Starting on groundbreaking day – Feb. 27 – students will build the home on the Catholic University campus until May, then deconstruct it, and transport it across the country for the October competition.

The students’ sustainable, energy-efficient “HARVEST HOME” is custom built for a U.S. military veteran returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will be donated to a veteran resident following the competition.

For more information, please visit Video clips and photos can be made available to media following the event.

WHEN:                 Wednesday, Feb. 27, 10 to 11 a.m.
WHERE: The Catholic University of America
Adjacent to Father O’Connell Hall
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.
VISUALS: Active construction site with three university logos
Student teams working on building construction, wearing mandated attire (hard
hats, vests)
SPOKESPEOPLE: Amanda Stacy, Catholic University student team leader
Danielle Barski, George Washington University student team leader
Chris Jasinski, American University student team leader
Randy Ott, Catholic University School of Architecture Dean
CONTACT: To cover the event, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy Hines in Catholic University’s Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600 or


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