SCU CCA Refract House US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
Jeff Abercrombie II
Preet Anand
Kyle Belcher
Annessa Mattson
Michael “Meez” Perkins
Noah Greer
Tim Sennott
Dan Ruffoni
Allison Kopf
Spencer Ambauen
Hazella Bowmani
Matt Brubaker
Chris Gardini
Stephen Hight
Ashley Ciglar
Mike Hu
Bret Walters
David Rodriguez
Olesya Yefimov
Maryam Zahedi
Walter Ramos
Doug Ponciano
Loi Dinh
Darlene Kong
Ryan Linkey
Sean Irwin
Oblio Jenkins
Kadee Mardula
Collin Lee
Justin Miller
Steve Lyons
Jeff Seago
Ross Ruecker
Richard Navarro
Brad Wharton
Michael Vlahos
Mikell Warms
Victoria Watson
Siming Wong
Angel Tordorova
Brian Reeves
Allison Buggs
Andrew Peters
Andrew Stolz
Annabel Peterson
Brandon Jenkins
Christian Cortes
Father Reites
Erica Feiger
Felipe Medina
Olga Kozachek
Mariko Low
Laurice der Bedrossian
Yoon Choi
Jackie Morck
Wayne Lin
Tan Nguyen
Sandra Lopez
Min Yi
Patrick Herald
Larry Peifer
Matt Hutchinson
Felix Wang
Frank Baumgartner
Aaron Poritz
Paul Taylor
  • Jeff Abercrombie II
  • Senior // SCU
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Construction Team
    » I was told about it from some people i know, and really wanted to do construction, so it was prefect.
  • Preet Anand
  • Senior // SCU
  • Engineering Physics
  • Water Team Lead
    » The Smart, yet Hot, Girls. I’ve always enjoyed riding trains, and my dream is to make my hometown of San Diego a transit-friendly city. So being a part of something amazing like this, and getting an opportunity to explore green building was awesome.
  • Kyle Belcher
  • Graduate // CCA
  • Architecture
  • Fundraising Lead
    » I took Andrew Kudless' studio last fall not really knowing where my role in the project would eventually lead...
  • Annessa Mattson
  • Graduate // CCA
  • Architecture
  • Michael “Meez” Perkins
  • Graduate // CCA
  • Architecture
  • Architecture Lead
    » The opportunity to work with Darlene Kong!!!
  • Noah Greer
  • Junior // CCA
  • Architecture, MA
  • Graphic Design Lead
  • Tim Sennott
  • Graduate // SCU
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Thermal Lead
    » Research project in Radiant Cooling segwayed into joining the team. I have had a lifelong passion for sustainability and renewable energy, and this was the perfect outlet for that work.
  • Dan Ruffoni
  • Senior // SCU
  • Civil Engineer
  • Construction Lead
    » I have always been interested in solar power and modular design and this was a great opportunity to learn about both of them.
  • Allison Kopf
  • Senior // SCU
  • Engineering Physics
  • Project Manager
    » I loved the potential to deal with both social responsibility and green technology.
  • Spencer Ambauen
  • Graduate // SCU
  • Environmental & Civil Engineer
  • Construction Team
    » I want to construct a sustainable house.
  • Hazella Bowmani
  • Faculty // SCU
  • Staff
  • Lighting Team
    » The 2007 team and their enjoyment in the project.
  • Matt Brubaker
  • Freshmen // SCU
  • Chris Gardini
  • Junior // SCU
  • Architecture
  • The opportunity to work on a project that will be built.
  • Stephen Hight
  • Junior // SCU
  • Ashley Ciglar
  • Junior // SCU
  • Civil Engineer
  • Water Team
    » I became interested in the project when I read about the 2007 competition in Santa Clara Magazine
  • Mike Hu
  • Junior // CCA
  • Graphic Design
  • » I heard about this unique opportunity during the school year and really wanted to get involved. I had really no scope of the scale of the project, but it turned out to be an extraordinary experience. Solar Decathlon has been a great interdisciplinary exposure of all sorts!
  • Bret Walters
  • Fifth Year // CCA
  • Architecture
  • David Rodriguez
  • Junior // CCA
  • Architecture
  • Olesya Yefimov
  • Fifth Year // CCA
  • Architecture
  • Maryam Zahedi
  • Senior // CCA
  • Architecture
  • Learn new materials that are only experienced through real projects!
  • Walter Ramos
  • Fifth Year // CCA
  • Architecture
  • Doug Ponciano
  • Senior // CCA
  • Architecture
  • Loi Dinh
  • Fifth Year // CCA
  • Architecture
  • Darlene Kong
  • Senior // CCA
  • Architecture
  • Outreach/Fundraising
    » I wanted to work on a real project. Actually I wanted to work on the Construction team, but life just kept placing me on every other team imaginable.
    I wanted to fall in love with architecture once again.
  • Ryan Linkey
  • Fifth Year // CCA
  • Architecture
  • Sean Irwin
  • Graduate // SCU
  • Civil Engineer
  • Construction Lead
    » I was excited to join the project simply because I knew that all my efforts were going to eventually get built. When I saw the awesome designs from CCA I got really excited because all of them were so excellent. I particularly fell in love with one proposal, which ultimately was chosen, because of it's sleek shape and because it took big risks that none of the other proposals really did. Cantilevered ends, a clerestory around the entire North side of the building, and no shear walls in the transverse direction, this was clearly going to be a challenging project structurally, but one that seemed to be worthwhile because I could see great potential from this house. And so far, I have definitely not been disappointed.
  • Oblio Jenkins
  • Faculty // CCA
  • Kadee Mardula
  • Junior // SCU
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Communication Lead
    » I was a freshman and loved habitat for humanity. I thought they were similar projects...
  • Collin Lee
  • Junior // SCU
  • Computer Engineer
  • Controls Team
    » I like hands on applications of engineering. It seemed like this is as hands on as it gets.
  • Justin Miller
  • Junior // SCU
  • Computer Engineer
  • Controls Team
    » I had just spent the summer before my freshman year learning how to program for the iPhone. Two of my new college friends joined the project and told me that the project needed a programmer to write software to control the house from the iPhone. Needless to say, I joined right away.
  • Steve Lyons
  • Faculty // CCA
  • Jeff Seago
  • Graduate // SCU
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Thermal Team
    » I got interested in this project because of all the exciting new technology that I would get to work with, and because I knew that what I am working on is making a positive impact on the environment.
  • Ross Ruecker
  • Graduate // SCU
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Controls Lead/Construction Team
    » The 2007 team and their enjoyment in the project.
  • Richard Navarro
  • Senior // SCU
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Lead
    » My interest in green technologies and the opportunity to apply what I have learned as an electrical engineer.
  • Brad Wharton
  • Junior // CCA
  • Graphic Design
  • Michael Vlahos
  • Senior // SCU
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Structural/Thermal
    » Some friends and I wanted to join an engineering project, and this one was the most famous.
  • Mikell Warms
  • Senior // SCU
  • Civil Engineer
  • Construction Team
    » I am passionate about alternate energy sources as it is, in my mind, a leading global cause of strife and hatred between many different countries/cultures. Energy consumption is also another huge issue that I believe needs to be worked on and that interests me. But overall it's pretty much a great way to get involved in a multitude of different subjects, meet people, and provide a challenge to my otherwise bland life! Hah.
  • Victoria Watson
  • Junior // SCU
  • Accounting & Econ
  • Interiors Lead
    » I've always had a love for architecture and design, and I wanted to find a way to contribute to the rapidly important topic of sustainability and green-technology, the Solar Decathlon was the perfect project for me!
  • Siming Wong
  • Junior // CCA
  • Graphic Design
  • The school was promoting involvement with Solar D extensively, so at some point I was in Ecolab class and then joined Soalr D studio.
  • Angel Tordorova
  • Senior // CCA
  • Architecture
  • Brian Reeves
  • Sophmore // SCU
  • Allison Buggs
  • Fifth Year // CCA
  • Architecture
  • Andrew Peters
  • Fifth Year // CCA
  • Architecture
  • The prospect of working on a real project in school that would be directly applicable to my chosen career path (small-scale green design, development, and construction).
  • Andrew Stolz
  • Senior // CCA
  • Architecture
  • Annabel Peterson
  • Graduate // CCA
  • Architecture
  • Brandon Jenkins
  • Junior // CCA
  • Architecture, MA
  • Christian Cortes
  • Fifth Year // CCA
  • Architecture
  • Father Reites
  • Faculty // SCU
  • Erica Feiger
  • Senior // SCU
  • Civil Engineer
  • Water Team
    » My interest in alternative energy and sustainabilty.
  • Felipe Medina
  • Junior // SCU
  • Civil Engineer
  • Construction Team
    » I was told about it from some people i know, and really wanted to do construction, so it was prefect.
  • Olga Kozachek
  • Senior // CCA
  • Architecture
  • Mariko Low
  • Fifth Year // CCA
  • Architecture
  • Laurice der Bedrossian
  • Fifth Year // CCA
  • Architecture
  • Yoon Choi
  • Fifth Year // CCA
  • Architecture
  • I was interested in the project being a design/build competition in Washinton, DC, taking on a perspective of real like experience while promoting efficient green living.
  • Jackie Morck
  • Senior // CCA
  • Interior Design
  • Wayne Lin
  • Fifth Year // CCA
  • Architecture
  • Tan Nguyen
  • Senior // CCA
  • Architecture
  • Sandra Lopez
  • Freshmen // CCA
  • Min Yi
  • Senior // CCA
  • Architecture
  • Patrick Herald
  • Sophmore // CCA
  • Architecture, MA
  • I like to build stuff & enjoy hands on construction experience with green technologies.
  • Larry Peifer
  • Senior // CCA
  • Interior Design
  • Interior Design Lead
    » A better understanding of green building/sustainable practices as they are implemented.
  • Matt Hutchinson
  • Faculty // CCA
  • Architecture Faculty
  • Felix Wang
  • Junior // CCA
  • Architecture
  • Frank Baumgartner
  • Graduate // CCA
  • Architecture, MA
  • Greater knowledge of renewable energy, experience in designing a built home, learning from thoughtful designers and engineers.
  • Aaron Poritz
  • Graduate // CCA
  • Architecture
  • I was the original designer of the refract house. I have worked on the project up to construction documents.
  • Paul Taylor
  • Graduated // CCA
  • Architecture
  • » The Solar Decathlon Competition, The Refract House, and our team deliver a beautifully successful illustration of interdisciplinary/technologically integrated design. With my envolvement in the SCU/CCA Solar Decathlon bracketing the project's entire life cycle, I have experienced the benefits and challenges of integrated building design and interdisciplanary design work. For us involved, and for others working toward similar goals of ecological efficiency, the Refract House is a tangible model referencing future work.