Student Mentoring Program
2007 High School Division
Teams & Project Synopses
Rich Lewis, US Army Corps of Engineers
Steven Rumbaugh, Retired U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Project: Iowa Side Pedestrian Bridge Amphitheater Development
Plan the development of the Iowa riverside pedestrian bridge with environmentally friendly general attractions. This will specifically include an amphitheater in the wetland area to the west of the Council Bluffs levee. The amphitheater will provide entertainment to the public and also a chance for sponsored events and fairs. This project will apply to the No Rise policy since it lies on the floodplain and wetland area. The plan specifics also include a general walkway and environmentally access road for trucks and other vehicles and equipment for the event coordinators. We also plan to construct a general arch entrance consisting of a musical theme. The archway would be located atop the levee closely neighbored by the pedestrian bridge landing.
|Tanner Munson||12||Mike Larson||11|
|Ben McKinley||11||Ryan Willis||11|
Wally Stern, Retired U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Lucas Billesbach, JEO Consulting Firm
Project: Bennington High School Addition
The current Bennington High School will not be sufficient to meet the needs of the students in the community in the near future. The rapid growth of the population within the Bennington Public School District has alerted district officials to the need to plan for the expansion of the high school. The current high school is designed for 450 students and the student population in grades 7-12 is projected to reach 425 students in the fall of 2007 and be beyond the building’s capacity in the fall of 2008. Our project is to design the possible additions to the current building that would meet the needs of current and future students of Bennington Public Schools.
|Aaron Couch||12||Alicia Cronin||12|
|Chris Lantz||12||Grant Lurvey||12|
|Andrew Matz||12||Connor Stichler||12|
|Kenny Blessie||11||Kyle Hanson||11|
|Paul Hanson||11||Alex Massey||11|
|Grant Melotz||11||Kenny Parkison||11|
|Kathy Andersen||10||Taylor Hobbie||10|
|Matt Hunefeld||10||Denver Klaus||10|
|Amanda Matz||10||Ben Sowers||10|
|Paul Bencker||9||Kendra Blessie||9|
|Nicole Connor||9||Zayd Ibrahim||9|
|Mitch Marean||9||Steve Parkison||9|
John Leahy, USAF 55th CE Squadron
Gary Krupa, VA Nebraska-Western Iowa HCS
Project: Villa De Sante Affordable Housing
Elderly affordable housing in north central Omaha shows a consistent pattern of high occupancy. In partnership with Omaha Economic Development Corporation affordable elderly housing and a community center will be built in the Villa de Sante area of 60th and Hartman. This development will provide the elderly of north central Omaha with a place to live that fits their needs and where they can feel involved in their community.
|Jacob Zimmerer||12||Sara Leimbach||12|
|Adam Gehringer||12||Amy Holdcroft||11|
|Matt Millington||12||Brendan Mally||12|
|Brittney Faulkner||12||Tara Missak||12|
|Ryan Hotovy||12||Stephen Reiter||11|
|Alex Roth||11||Jamie Gehringer||9|
|Emily Adams||12||Andrew Janak||11|
Karen M. Griffin, Olsson Associates Consulting Group
Carter M. Hubbard, Olsson Associates Consulting Group
Aaron M. Buettner, Olsson Associates Consulting Group
Project: Linkin' Omaha
Investigating factors involved with a mass transportation system between Lincoln and Omaha. These factors may include but are not limited to: Route (environmental and right of way), Traffic (Problems, commuters, recreation), Bridge at the Platte, Economics (who pays, who loans), Train Design, Railroad Issues (grade, curve, speed).
|Jason Beach||10||Kevin Shipley||12|
|Alexis Edwards||12||Jay Cummings||12|
|Ty Hartley||12||Matt Harvey||12|
|Doug Szwanek||11||Joseph Hopkins||12|
Anne Peterson, HDR, Inc.
Our S.A.M.E. team is designing a natatorium (a swimming facility). The facility consists of a 25 meter pool to be used by swim teams such as Marian High School's eight time state champion swim team which doesn't have a permanent practice space. The natatorium will also serve as a community pool.
|Jenny Steier||11||Kate Wingate||11|
|Anne Gambrel||12||Deborah Veik||9|
Mr. Rick Baker
Mr. Dan Pridal, US Army Corps of Engineers
Mrs. Martha Boss, URS
Mr. Jim A. Kollbaum, URS
Project: Transportation system
This year in engineering club, we have decided our project will be a Street car system. This system will be located on 10th street and Bancroft Street. The reason we chose to do this project was because the amount of traffic in the area causes problems with travel and causes some safety concerns. By having a street car system, it cuts down on traffic and makes travel between the Botanical Gardens and the Henry Doorly Zoo much safer and convenient. By having this street car system, we draw more attention to the Henry Doorly Zoo and the Botanical Gardens, promoting their business. Also, during the summer and around the time of the college world series, citizens will be able to pay to park at the botanical gardens and be transported to the zoo. In doing this, we can cut down on the amount of cars on the streets and loosen up space to keep accidents from happening.
|Jessica Douglas||12||Pam Points||12|
|Brent Hazelton||12||Evan Hilgemann||11|
|Nick Boeckman||9||Cody Badders||9|
|Melissa West||9||Josh Bullock||11|
Mark Montz, Hewlett Packard
Fred Cady, PE, TSP
Project: Bringing It Home: Mount Michael Athletics
Through out the history of Mount Michael a large part of a student's life is centered on athletics. Team sports bring the students together teaching teamwork, competitive spirit and contribute to a sense of school pride. Unfortunately not all of the team sports at Mount Michael can have the advantage of competing as truly the "Home Team". Those sports that can not compete at home are Football, Soccer and Track. A new athletic complex where daily practice could be held as well as home games or meets hosted would help the Mount Michael student athlete compete to the best of his ability.
|Cody T. Babbel||12||Stephen M. Kuhry||12|
|Julius Agonor||11||John R. Boeck||11|
|Alexander J. Cihak||11||Joshua W. Fedde||11|
|Anthony M. Haskett||11||Andrew B. Jewell||11|
|Matthew J. Kaefer||11||Thomas C. Kennedy||11|
|Christopher B. Leonard||11|
Mark Butler, HDR, Inc.
Don Ohnstad, HydroGeoLogic
Project: Stadium 2.0
The current Mount Michael Baseball Diamond is average at best. By renovating the existing field with such amenities as permanent seating, handicapped accessibility, and an extended backstop a new and improved baseball complex could be created. This would open up the possibility of hosting larger tournaments and even a State Competition.
|Tom Kenny||12||Jeff Thiele||12|
|Kurt Benes||12||Patrick Pick||12|
|Tom Frederick||12||Drew Deras||12|
|Ryan Daly||12||Jacob Pflug||12|
Dr. Lee A. Kallstrom
Philip Deakin, Environcon
Hank Vieregger; Gerry Rathouz, Retired
Robert Sink, CH2M Hill
Project: Conceptual Design for Midwest Xpress, a high speed rail system
The Engineering Design and Development Class at Omaha North High School found a need for a simple expressway between Omaha and Lincoln and created a conceptual design of a monorail to connect the two metropolitan areas. In the past decade eastern Nebraska has boomed with new economic interests, growth, and attractions. However, traffic between the two major cities, Omaha and Lincoln, has become a burden on residents. We see great need for some kind of connection between the Omaha and Lincoln communities. We, the Senior Class at Omaha North High School, propose a high speed rail system between the two metropolitan areas with connections in-between to the smaller communities.
|Jared Bain||12||Preston Bostwick||12|
|Justin Duster||12||Jason Garder||12|
|David Guthmann||12||Ben McGill||12|
|Ben Morgan||12||Raja Mukherjee||12|
|Phil Prazan||12||Dustin Schluter||12|
|Chris Smith||12||Rob Swanson||12|
Dr. Lee Kallstrom
Eddy Santamaria, Contrivium
Project: The Vikingship
Our team is working on designing a multipurpose athletic facility/stadium to host various events. The reason behind the project is that Omaha North High School is the only Omaha Public high school without a stadium of its own. The stadium section of the facility will have a 4,500 seat capacity with the possibility of grass burms outside the end zones. The field will have both football and soccer field line markings with a six lane track that has eight lanes on the home straight. This facility will be to host a plethora of activities including: football, soccer, track, concerts, graduation, etc; also included will be locker rooms, blue field turf, automated shutters for the stadium lights, training rooms, and handicap accessibility.
|Tyler Beene||11||Dylan Mayberry||11|
|Alex Jones||11||Niles Paul||12|
|Ricky Page||11||Allen Wilson||11|
|Levi Epperson||12||Nick Neneman||11|
|Joe Teplitsky||11||Ben Kammerer||10|
|Rob Swanson||12||Dan Concannon||11|
Dr. Lee Kallstrom
Greg Stachon, BCDM Architecture
Jamie Wietfeld, BCDM Architecture
Project: Cornfield to Community: Sunset Acres
Our team has decided to design a neighborhood, called Sunset Acres, in western Bennington. This neighborhood will help accommodate all of the people who are moving to Omaha’s suburbs. Sunset Acres will include certain aspects of the design philosophy called New Urbanism, making the neighborhood more pedestrian-friendly. This project will help us understand the effort needed to design a subdivision using the engineering process.
|Tyler Borcyk||11||Alex Forbes||11|
|Patrick Roy||11||Kayce Rich||12|
|Ben Morgan||12||Dylan White||11|
|Adam Chapman||11||Dan Maguire||11|
|Josh Bailey||11||Aaron Brewer||11|
|Nick Brumbaugh||11||Molly Cubrich||11|
Johnette Shockley, US Army Corps of Engineers
Brian Osborn, URS
Project: Performance Intracting: Cutting Energy Usage at Papillion-LaVista High
Inefficiency at Papillion-LaVista High School results in unnecessarily high heating and cooling costs and disproportionate use of natural resources. Therefore, we propose a series of feasible changes that will improve the efficiency of the building, thus reducing the dependency on fossil fuels and cutting the utility costs or our school over time.
|Erich Brandeau||11||Jeff Nye||12|
|Matt Gordon||12||Alex Rock||12|
|Andrew Maher||11||Ross Janovec||12|
Dr. Al Hudek
John E. Jorgensen, HGM Associates Inc.
Kim Conine, HGM Associates Inc.
Project: Jefferson Sports Complex
As the 2006-2007 Thomas Jefferson Engineering Team, we have decided upon creating a new indoor sports complex. Our site, 2400 West Broadway, is a prime location for both our school and our community. We plan on including sports such as football, volleyball, basketball, tennis, soccer, and much more.
|Amanda Rounds||12||Kiersten Ruff||12|
|Kevin Tholen||12||Katie Bardot||12|
|Matthew Thompson||12||Matthew Thomas||12|
|Joey Galda||12||Nick Robinson||12|
|Kody Belt||11||Terrence Huit||12|
Chris Cain, 3DS2, Inc.
Megan Lutz, DLR Group
Project: A 'Green' Approach
Because resources needed to sustain a growing community must also increase as new developments sprout up, how can we incorporate sustainability into the Omaha area in order to limit waste and the increasing the need for resources such as water and power? As a team, we plan to first research what is required to be a sustainable community and look at green requirements. Through this research, we will find a site and create a possible community, which utilizes the ideas of sustainability and is environmentally friendly. The team will divide up to accomplish different tasks that will all fit into our overall project. Using different resources, we will create a sustainable community and a house plan that are environmentally friendly and efficient.
|Rebecca Crabb||11||Benjamin Heimes||11|
|Michael Mazgaj||11||Benjamin Nachman||11|
Ryan Huff, HWS Consulting Group
Sarah Hansen, Olsson Associates Consulting Group
Project: SIMP Drag Stip & Road Course
The project we are proposing is to make a large and modern drag strip with a road course. Our purpose and goal in this project is to design and create something that would benefit our local society. The complex will provide entertainment and fun, as well as national recognition and tourism to Omaha and some other parts of Eastern Nebraska. It will be located northwest of Omaha. The drag strip and the road course will be contained in a triangle of land that was previously an airport. It will seat around 75,000 spectators and will provide food and drink as well as various, unique local businesses. This project will be a positive influence the growth of Omaha as a city.
|Han Chen||10||Robert Severson||10|
|Evan Quon||10||Cody Eich||11|
|Jerry Zadina||12||Snatch Treska||12|
Greg Stieren, BCDM Architecture
Dale Schilke, BCDM Architecture
Project: Westside Athletic Facility Renovation
Our group is going to redo the pool, the gyms, and some of the locker rooms at Westside High School. All of the other athletic areas have been updated and it is about time these areas are updated as well. Many of the students as well as faculty have commented on the amount of space and the overall cleanliness of the pool and the locker rooms. We are planning to expand the pool deck and redo the layout of the pool locker rooms. We also plan to add more seating for spectators. As for the gym we are going to redo the entrances to make getting in and out easier. A new swimming facility and gyms will attract more teams to have events here as well as attract more spectators.
|Tyler Kuhl||11||Brittany Bruner||10|
|Ben Busboom||11||Jake Anderson||11|
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