CGI Windows & Doors Support Allows for Expansion of FIU Department of Architecture Event

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Students Walk on Water at Florida International University

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“This is our third year sponsoring the FIU “Walk on Water” event, and we’ve seen interest and participation grow year to year,” said Steven E. Dawson, vice president and general manager of CGI Windows & Doors.

As the main sponsor of the 2016 Florida International University (FIU) Department of Architecture “Walk on Water” event, held annually on the FIU campus, support from CGI Windows & Doors allowed the 2016 program to expand into a statewide event for the first time. The event was held on November 10, 2016.

“This is our third year sponsoring the FIU “Walk on Water” event, and we’ve seen interest and participation grow year to year,” said Steven E. Dawson, vice president and general manager of CGI Windows & Doors. “The value of a strong, successful program like this is that it allows students to both design and build their project, giving them hands-on, real-world, invaluable experience. We were thrilled to assist in expanding the program this year to reach more architecture students across the state of Florida.”

Thanks to the CGI sponsorship, five teams from two schools – Palm Beach State College and the University of Florida – entered the contest. Sponsor funding assisted the schools with both their materials and their travel expenses.

“Walk on Water” is an amazing event: FIU students in the Materials & Methods of Construction Class taught by FIU Architecture Professor Jaime Canaves were issued a challenge by their teacher: Successfully construct shoes that will allow the student to walk across a campus lake – with minimum water contact. Entrants can compete individually, or as a team.

The event, a favorite campus tradition, is about more than just making the grade in Canaves’ class; the first place winner of each of the two races received a $1,000 cash prize, thanks to CGI’s sponsorship. The event is in its 27th year.

“CGI has always felt strongly about supporting the architecture community, from students through professionals, across the state,” continued Dawson. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with FIU and developing this program into something with a national scale.”

ABOUT CGI:
CGI was established in 1992 and has consistently built a reputation based on designing and manufacturing quality impact-resistant products that meet or exceed the stringent Miami-Dade County impact standards. The Company has over 250 employees at its manufacturing plant in Miami, Florida. Today the Company continues to lead as an innovator in product craftsmanship, strength and style, and its brands are highly recognized and respected by the architectural community. CGI product lines include the Estate Collection, Sentinel by CGI, Estate Entrances, Commercial Series, and Targa by CGI. CGI Windows and Doors is a wholly owned subsidiary of PGT, Inc. (NASDAQ: PGTI). For additional information, visit cgiwindows.com.

ABOUT THE FIU DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE:
The FIU Department of Architecture trains students in the profession of architecture to become thoughtful practitioners, critical thinkers, and broad visionaries with the skills and knowledge to enhance their communities and the built environment around them. The Department has a world-class faculty engaged in architectural practice and research on issues of design, sustainability, history/theory/criticism, sea-level rise, digital fabrication, and a whole host of interdisciplinary areas that advance knowledge in South Florida and across the globe. For more information, go to architecture.fiu.edu.

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