On May 20th, yet another student from Eastern Technical High School (Baltimore, Maryland, USA) was presented with a prize in Bentley’s annual student design competition.

Francis Jacaban won the “Design a Retail Center” category for the High School/Technical School level.

Francis brought the title back to Eastern Technical High after a brief hiatus last year. Students from the school have won the High school/Technical school category 6 times in the last 8 years--including 2006-2008, 2010 and 2011, and again for 2013. (Randolph High School in New Jersey claimed the trophies for the category in 2009 and 2012.)

This year, the challenge for the category was to develop an efficient retail center that meets the needs of thousands of diverse shoppers per day; the shopping center must also permit good traffic flow, and provide easy access from multiple forms of transportation. 

Senior Francis Jacaban from Eastern Tech earned the first place prize and scholarship with his project, Union Station, Washington D.C. He proposed an alternate design for the station that incorporates easy train and metro access, with a retail center that provides convenient shopping for commuters and local residents. Francis’ project also includes green design for storm water management, using pervious pavement and grey water collection. 

Pictured from left to right are Mr. Peter Glaudemans (his teacher), Mr. and Mrs. De Las Penas (uncle & aunt), Mrs. Maria Jacaban (proud mother), Francis, Mr. Thomas Evans (Principal), and Dr. Laura Meier (Bentley’s Academic Program Director).

All of the submissions in the student design competition are evaluated by an independent jury, comprised of educational leaders and industry users of Bentley software. Winning projects are selected for their creativity, excellent application of design and engineering principles, and effective use of Bentley software.

To read the press release about all of the winners, including the 2013 Bentley Educator of the Year, click here.

More information about the 2013 winning projects and Educator of the Year can be found on our webpage here: www.bentley.com/studentdesignwinners.