Student Mentoring Program
2009 High School Division
Teams & Project Synopses
Rich Lewis, US Army Corps of Engineers
Justin Ahmann, HGM Associates Inc.
Project: Urban Renewal
Our project has been focused on the renewal of the Harvester Buildings and the surrounding lots, just south of downtown Council Bluffs. The area is dilapidated and run down. Currently it is not a very popular place for people to spend their time. It is the focus of our project to draw in consumers and businesses alike, by making the area aesthetically pleasing and useful. This project would also attract tourists when the history of the railroad is brought out in the park that will be placed next to these buildings.
|Courtney Olson||11||Parker Seilstad||11|
|Matt Wettengel||12||Cameron Burris||11|
|Alex Cleaveland||11||Kayla Olson||10|
|Sam Heithoff||12||Matt Dickinson||12|
|Vince Gutsgell||12||Matt Nohr||10|
|Patrick Whitsell||11||Jen Smith||11|
|Erin Addison||10||Aaron Rau||10|
|Sam Kunkle||10||Ethan Orth||10|
|John Vermule||10||Austin Donaldson||10|
Mrs. Catherine Schumacher
Mr. Wally Stern, Retired U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Mr. Patrick Rainbolt, Kiewit Building Group
Project: Project: Zero Net Energy Interactive Multi Purpose Room
In the last five years the student population at Bennington Public Schools has increased over 40%. In 2005 a new high school was built to meet this increased enrollment. By 2008, the new building was filled to capacity and now the school lacks a learning area that will accommodate a large number of students. Our project is to create a multifunctional space that produces more energy than it consumes (zero net energy). This space will raise awareness about utilizing conservation methods to create a more environmentally positive setting. In addition, this multipurpose room will enable teaching and learning in an environment that incorporates the cutting edge technology of the future.
|Kathy Andersen||12||Amanda Matz||12|
|Matt Wickham||12||Paul Bencker||11|
|Nicole Connor||11||Zayd Ibrihim||11|
|Mitch Marean||11||Steven Parkison||11|
|David Ferris||10||David Bressman||9|
|Daniel Connor||9||Hassan Ibrihim||9|
|David Johanson||9||Biraj Pokharel||9|
|Mitchell Tilwick||9||Kyle Wiblishouser||9|
Matthew Boyd Wichman
Curtis Miller, US Army Corps of Engineers
Project: The Learning Community
Our project is focused on incorporating learning and public interaction in a convenient multipurpose compound. We are designing a Learning Community Center. It features an elementary school, community center, convention center and public library. By doing so, we will provide an intergenerational experience for all. The elementary school would have a focus on green lifestyles and pathways for the future. The library would be a shared structure as well as the community center which would have fitness and office/meeting space. The Convention Center will provide a venue for a variety of local events and ceremonies. By doing such, we utilize these facilities for many purposes. They would be constructed of recycled materials and have their hot water and space heating provided from the cogeneration facility located at the Old Douglas County landfill across the street (126th and State). By doing so, we would be reducing the reliance on running a boiler and we would also be saving money for all of these structures. This will provide a great experience for all those who use it.
|Mike Branon||12||Ricki Getzschman||12|
|Chad Staley||12||Vandra Caldwell||10|
Gary Krupa, Department of Veterans Affairs
Andrew Shelby, Bahr Vermeer Haecker Architects
Project: North Omaha 30th Street Corridor Renovations
North Omaha is an area of great potential and hope. However, as North Omaha's population grew, it became difficult for the area to support the citizens with the resources they needed. When the opportunity arose, the Omaha Housing Authority and the U.S. Department of Housing and Development (HUD) decided it was time to take action. Through Omaha Economic Development Corporation and Alliance of Building Communities, these corporations are seeking proposals for the area. They started to look for groups to research what the current residents wanted and to redesign the area accordingly. Our team decided to contribute to the project by proposing our own design. We will develop many different residential and commercial options for the North 30th Street Corridor between Lake and Parker Streets. Some ideas include spaces for small businesses, which will help create jobs and opportunities. Even though we are redesigning the area, we will attempt to keep the culture and the history alive.
|Xavier Metzger||12||Anna Norris||12|
|Ryan Schrack||12||Amanda Zimmerman||12|
|Tim Brown||11||Nick Buchta||11|
|Stephen Driscoll||11||Josh Flott||11|
|Mike Freeman||11||Jamie Gehringer||11|
|John Hotovy||11||Stephen Krupa||11|
|Meagan Kurmel||11||Salvador Robles||11|
|Roman Shrestha||11||Mikulas Stubna||11|
|Alex Culp||10||Dylan Tolbert||10|
|Adam Braegelman||9||Ian Ginnaty||9|
Mr. Richard Baker
Mr. Brett Hraban, Lozier Corporation
Mr. Kevin Damme, Lozier Corporation
Project: Auto Indexing Feed System and Chop Saw
The auto indexing feed system and chop saw will take large twelve-foot steel uprites and cut them into any size necessary. The system will be composed of three sections: transportation, cutting and exit. Our project will also consist of the automated control process. During the transportation section, our machine will take the uprites from the welding area directly to the cutting block. In the cutting section, the chop-saw will cut the uprites at a pre-determined length set by the programmer. Finally, in the exit section, the machine will move the newly cut piece of material to another location. This automated process should save the company an estimated $25,000 per year.
|Shiva Kothapalli||12||Troy Sporcic Jr.||12|
|Brett Jacobitz||12||Rob McClenahan||12|
|Melissa West||11||Cody Badders||11|
|Nick Boeckman||11||Chris Bane||11|
|James Wilson||10||Kaleb Wulf||10|
|Taylor Helton||10||Ryan Varea||10|
Mrs. Marilynn Theis
Mr. Christopher Langan, P.E., Lamp, Rynearson & Associates, Inc.
Mr. Mike Baldino, P.E., Kelly Klosure Systems
Project: The Science Matrix
Every day we are surrounded by new advancements in biology, physics, chemistry, and other sciences. In recent years there has been a decline in students pursuing studies in the fields of engineering and manufacturing. A need for scientists and engineers is vital for the future success of the United States and our ability to compete in the world market. The Science Matrix is designed to captivate young students’ minds by providing interactive science activities and demonstrations.
|Steven Anderson||12||Brian Boose||12|
|Adam Koch||12||John Marinkovich||12|
Mrs. Marilynn Theis
Mr. Greg Stieren, BCDM Architecture
Mr. Mark Montz, Hewlett Packard
Project: Mount Michael Benedictine: Renovation and Expansion for the Future
It is projected that the student body of Mount Michael Benedictine will increase by 35% in the next 5 years. The current 54 year old building will not be capable of meeting the needs of this increasing student body. We are looking at reorganizing the existing building and adding an addition that will incorporate new technology and be environmentally responsible. This renovation and expansion will answer the growing needs of the school.
|Jack Brady||11||Tom Christenson||11|
|Josh Devereaux||11||Chris Hoff||11|
|Alex Kramer||11||Max McClenahan||12|
|Sean Murphy||11||Brendan Walsh||11|
Mrs. Jane Colling
Patrick Prososki, Union Pacific
Clayton Miller, Sensus MI
Ryan Curtis, Leo A. Daly
Project: H2 O
The focus of Central’s Physics/Engineering Club is to investigate an efficient, environmentally friendly streetcar system within the Omaha downtown area. We hope to alleviate traffic congestion and offer a reliable transportation system between the downtown area, Eppley Airfield, and the area of the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo. Our proposal would connect the broken areas while engaging tourism in often forgotten districts of Omaha’s downtown. The H2”O!” trolley would help revitalize Omaha’s economy and raise city-wide environmental standards.
|Nadia Al-Absy||12||Alejandro Gonzalez||12|
|Dillon Parks||12||Zach Nutt||12|
|Subodh Adhikari||10||Ari Brodkey||10|
|Colton Franco||10||Fang Bin Zheng||10|
Dr. Lee Kallstrom
Mr. Anthony Williams
John Armkencht, ASD Stanley J. How Architects
Project: Trolley Resurection: Reconnecting The Zoo
We are designing the Trolley station for the main entrance of the zoo. The purpose of our project is to design a building for the proposed downtown trolley. This station will include; zoo displays, concessions, ticketing kiosks, statuary for photo opportunities, and direct access to the zoo. It will be an attraction in itself with hooks for new and returning patrons.
|Nathan Auman||11||Micheil Baxter||11|
|Dustin Casey||11||Juan Cuadra||11|
|Cole Luchsinger||11||Shannon McCracken||11|
|Nicole Rivardo||11||Willie Stennis||11|
|Raquel Sturdivant||11||Brandon Todd||11|
Dr. Lee Kallstrom
Amy Schaap, Leo A. Daly
Cynthia Tooker , Leo A. Daly
Project: The Fair Deal Café Renovation
Schools are having problems with security. Increasing threats and violence have caused schools to take pre-cautionary measures by hiring security guards to patrol the halls. Our solution is to build a tekbot that will send out Radio Frequency signals that would read the UPC codeson the identification badges worn by students and faculty. If the tekbot encounters a person without an ID card, it would alert the main offices of the potential threat.
|Kate Talbot||11||Dylan Trausch||11|
|DeVon Johnson||12||Eric Jones||11|
|Trevor Jaixen||11||Tyler Hogan||11|
|Wesley Poore||11||Dillon Carter||11|
|Jesse Smith||11||Natalie Williams||11|
|Hannah Pinnt||11||Andrew Camp||11|
Jimmy Harding, The Schemmer Associates
Matt Krause, CWP Architects
Terri Elder, City Glass
Project: Gateway To The South
Past Jackson Street, you see southern Omaha. All that is left there is nothing but houses and a couple shops and then the zoo and Rosenblatt. Our idea is to open the south, by bringing the Gateway for people to travel South over the 10th street viaduct. The opening of the Post Office Annex and the Burlington Station is how we will start this idea, then broadening southern Omaha.
|Caleb Peterson||12||Andrew Saure||12|
|Edward Hubbs||12||Chris Sawatzki||12|
|Charles Lor||12||Crystine McGill||12|
|TJ Sass||12||Chris Wallace||12|
|Kylin Pass||12||Hunter Glick||12|
|Steven Brooner||12||Michael Clark||12|
|Jennifer Johnson||11||Justine Kohtz||12|
|Tessa Phillips||12||Tailla Strawn||12|
Sarah Nieves, Kiewit Building Group
J.R. Cooper, Spiral Solutions
Project: From Rock Bottom to Five Star
In 1914, Rock Bottom Oil Company constructed a building in what is now the North-Eastern downtown area of Omaha. In the years following its use as an office, subsequent owners adapted it to store grain and eventually pesticides. Over time, the storage of pesticides contaminated certain areas of the building creating a hazardous environment for humans. In 2004, following the removal of a toxic section of flooring, the City proposed a 1.6 million dollar demolition. Due to the large cost required to demolish the building and dispose of toxic materials, as well as the historical value and redevelopment of adjacent properties, the City of Omaha’s planning board would prefer its revitalization, along with the implementation of commercial occupancy. Our plan is to create an environmentally friendly establishment that is not only conducive to future economic growth, but also a valuable asset to the surrounding community. We feel that this idea is very plausible because of the building's prime location; only three blocks away from the proposed baseball stadium. In order to attract potential customers, we chose to integrate specific baseball themed businesses that would be of large appeal to the massive baseball-interest market. We're taking Rock Bottom to Grand Slam!
|Walter Bircher||11||Lewis Cain||11|
|Steve DeSandro||11||Matthew DeVeney||11|
|Rashad Erwin-Ingram||11||Coleman Hunter||12|
|Dana Jensen||11||Jessica Lee||11|
|Cameron Morris||11||Andrew Schroeder||11|
|Justin Waskowiak||11||Scottlan Windsor||11|
Ben Fennelly, EIT PBS & J
Mark Butler, HDR, Inc.
Project: Joel N. Cornish House Renovations
In 1886, the Joel N. Cornish house was built at 1404 S. 10th Street in Omaha. An addition to the home was built in 1911. The property was converted into apartments by Grace University in 1956. Our goals for this house is to make it both economically and environmentally sustainable as well as LEED certified. We would like to restore the house to its former glory as a show case of Omaha architecture and to enhance South 10th Street.
|Brandon Anderson||11||Jason Combes||11|
|Matthew Garder||11||Matei Jackson||11|
|Kevin Kreis||11||Mitchel McGill||11|
|Tre\'Von McKay||11||Teniya Lowe||11|
|Alyssa Randall||11||Michael Reida||11|
|Jasmine Rogers||11||Zachary Scott||11|
|Cody Sheibal||11||Stephen Simusa||11|
Mr. Dana Janssen
Johnette Shockley, US Army Corps of Engineers
B.J. Gehrki, Kiewit Building Group
Project: Papillion La Vista School District Athletic Training Facility
As a team, it has come to our attention that there is certain lack of a combined training facility for all of the sports that our district has to offer. So in response to this lack of a facility, we are designing an athletic facility that would house each of our school’s sports so the student body, as a whole, will be able to train and achieve goals together. Our design will also utilize environmentally friendly, advanced technologies. This means that our team is working for a goal to make this facility produce zero emissions and actually give back to its community, as well as the environment. The project will include innovative ideas such as: geo-thermal wells, solar power, and innovative foundation technology. In addition, this facility will produce an environment that will allow our students to train in a safe and localized manner.
|Zev Rohloff||12||Jake Rezek||12|
|Dan Trouba||11||Ryan Boykin||11|
Johnett Shockley, US Army Corps of Engineers
BJ Gehrki, Kiewit Building Group
Project: Concert and Entertainment Center
Our idea for a project is a new concert hall/auditorium for the Papillion-La Vista area. Currently the concert venues around here are limited The Rock and the auditorium in our school, but these are far too small to support a concert for a more popular band with a larger fan base. Also, we could use this for other events such as school dances, plays, or presentations for a larger audience. By creating this we will not be limited to a small audience packed like sardines into the auditorium here or The Rock. This would benefit both the school district and the community because it will supply a venue nearby for anything from concerts to school functions. We already have a building that is just sitting there taking up space and is for sale: the old Wal-Mart at 84th and Brentwood. This building has been up for sale for years and would be a large and good sized building for a concert hall/auditorium. For our funding we will hopefully receive some of the money required for the renovations inside from the school district. Any other funding could come from large-scale fundraisers or private sources. Also we could ask the cities of both Papillion and La Vista if they would be willing to make donations for this project.
|Nathan Giles||12||Kevin Corbin||12|
Philip Wagner, Retired
Project: Riverside Recreation Area
At the east entrance of the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge, there is a large piece of wooded land and a grass lot. The land does not add to the significance of the bridge nor does it draw spectators. Our proposal is to develop these pieces of land into a public recreation area that will suit the needs of all ages.This includes, but is not limited to, a series of trails through the natural forestry, pavillions, restrooms, an artistic fountain, and a childs play area. This would prove both beneficial to the area, and the people that are there to visit.
|Marcus Portofee||11||Christian Ehrnst||12|
|Buddy Kauzlarich||12||Lucas Wood||12|
|Dan Silva||12||Tyler Weakly||11|
|Jonathan Meade||11||William Heida||11|
|Tommy Bremer||11||Mike Bousquet||11|
Terry Wood, The Schemmer Associates
Jason Heinze, The Schemmer Associates
Project: SPC Green Roof
Our project is to make a green roof. Our green roof green will have year round plants and a green house with solar panels for rooftop class experiences. We plan to put it on top of the new addition to our school. We chose this project because its eco-friendly, it will conserve energy, it is innovative, and it will offer authentic education pportunities.
|Kim Richart||10||Scott Locati||10|
|Angel Grant||10||Kevin Cortes||10|
|Steven Kellogg||10||Jasmine Robinson||10|
Brian Higginbotham, P.E., HGM Associates Inc.
John Jorgensen, P.E., HGM Associates Inc.
Project: Metro Sports Complex
Purpose Statement: The city of Council Bluffs lack a public indoor sports facility. Due top the demand for indoor sports activities, we propose an indoor practice facility that would include a soccer field, arena football field, and ice rink. Our facility would be open year-round to provide both on and off-season practice fields. The Metro Sports Complex will serve the metro area's growing demand for indoor sports practice facilities.
|Christopher Keefer||12||Brian Van Orsdal||12|
|Sarah Hogueison||12||Jamie Swotek||12|
|Brady Churchill||12||Bryan Brown||12|
|Nick Duncan||11||Sebastian Baxter||11|
Gregory A. Ratliff
Mr. Chris Cain, United Engineering
Mr. Shervin Ansari, Kiewit Building Group
Project: Memorial Park Amphitheater
Omaha is a thriving city where music and entertainment is a very important part of our community but it is lacking a mid-sized, outdoor performance venue that could provide the city a place for popular entertainment. During the summer various concerts are performed in Memorial Park for the public, but many of these commonplace events require the construction of a temporary stage. This takes a lot of time, energy and money to set up and tear down. Our plan is to create a self-sufficient amphitheater in Memorial Park using as many alternative energy ideas as possible in order to sustain this type of facility. This venue would help promote local musical groups in Omaha by providing them a location to perform in a developing part of the city. Events held at the amphitheater would have the potential to benefit charity groups or homeless shelters in need.
|Nathan Naylor||11||Lauren Keller||11|
|Michael Richards||11||Sarah Toy||10|
|Nick Goeser||11||Emily Sumner||11|
|Tim Wang||11||Lev Nachman||11|
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