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    Hello World!

    By juvasquez
    Sep 9, '13 7:08 PM EST

    We are the 2013-2014 design/buildLAB of Virginia Tech! We come together from across the world united in the same passion for design, architecture, and education. This year we will continue the design/buildLAB's tradition of conceiving and realizing a built architecture project that is both educational and charitable in nature. Word of mouth is already spreading excitement through the community with whom we are collaborating! We can't quite reveal what we're up to yet, so you will have to keep an eye out on the blog for what is up next!

    About our team:

    Mitch August

    Age: 20

    Hometown: Centreville, VA

    Interests: I've played baseball since the age of four, I enjoy lifting weights, chillin' with my boys, and long walks on the beach

    Forrest Bibeau


    Hometown: Okinawa, Japan

    Interests: Backpacking, exploring, racquetball, trying new things

    Ellie Burns

    Age: 20

    Hometown: Baltimore, MD

    Interests: Old Bay. Crabs. Berger cookies. Ravens. Orioles. Baltimore aka the 410. Enough Said.

    Chanel Carter-Harris

    Age: 20

    Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina

    Interests: Speaking foreign languages, traveling, and learning about different cultures

    Barbara Dior Kane

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Senegal (West Africa)

    Interests: Seeing new places/ traveling, learning about other cultures, laughing and hanging out

    Mykayla Fernandes

    Age: 20

    Hometown: Stuttgart, Germany

    Interests: Playing piano, learning cool languages, building cool things, listening to cool music, and being cool

    Xiao Fu

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Nanchang, China

    Interests: Photography, piano, traveling, cooking

    John Iaconis

    Age: 20

    Hometown: Canastota, NY

    Interests: I enjoy rescuing baby (and adult) turtles, swimming, climbing mountains, and home made waffles

    Judith Johnson

    Age: 20

    Hometown: Norfolk, VA

    Interests: Sports, hanging with friends, church events, any type of food

    Kellen McGinley

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Moorestown, NJ

    Interests: Basketball, the beach, food that's bad for you, Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights, and my enormous family

    Ryan Myers

    Age: 20

    Hometown: Owings, MD

    Interests: Sports, eating good food, going new places, and ice cream

    Tom Powers

    Age: 20

    Hometown: Rochester, NY

    Interests: Camping, hiking, philosophy

    Nancy Redenius

    Age: 20

    Hometown: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

    Interests: Traveling, hiking, food, cookies, and hugs

    Julia Vasquez

    Age: 20

    Hometown: Kankakee, IL

    Interests: Singing, piano, soccer, traveling, hiking, pottery, and smiling!

    Molly Vaughan

    Age: 20

    Hometown: Alexandria, VA

    Interests: Volunteer work in Haiti, travelling, hiking, and pottery!

    Landon Williams

    Age: 20

    Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

    Interests: Backpacking, Cajun food, traveling, and busting out my dance moves

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The Virginia Tech design/buildLAB is a Project Based Experiential Learning program focused on the research, development and implementation of innovative construction methods and architectural designs. Students collaborate with local communities and industry experts to conceive and realize built architecture projects that are both educational and charitable in nature. The blog is run by design/buildLAB students who are designing and building a fieldhouse for the Clifton Forge Little League.

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