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BEDA Club Wins First Prize for Olympic Stadium Design in Competition

Visitation’s BEDA club (Building, Engineering, Design & Architecture) earned first prize in a presentation night hosted by the DC branch of the Architecture, Construction, & Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program. In the Smith Group office located in Foggy Bottom, four groups from area high schools presented their plans to design a building or space - and Visitation came out on top.

The competition was judged by a panel of ACE professionals, who agreed the presentation - from design process to zoning to estimates - was streamlined. Moderator and science teacher Grace Hofmann says the dedication of considerable time and effort from club members to make the project stand out.

Senior and club co-president Elizabeth Krueger hopes to study civil engineering in college this fall, when she’ll begin her freshman year at Notre Dame. She credits BEDA club for getting her there - she’s been a member since her first year at Visitation, when the club itself was only virtual due to the pandemic, and she was drawn in by the idea of integrating STEM and art.

“I loved the community of great Visi minds that got together to put together project designs for fun,” Elizabeth said. 

By junior year, as co-president with Ava Bell ‘24, Elizabeth reached out to the ACE Mentorship Program to collaborate and receive support for designs to present at the ACE annual competition. Unfortunately, with limited time, they did not have a chance to finish their project - a redesign of Gallerie.

This year, the club presented something brand-new: an Olympic Stadium in DC to replace RFK Stadium, a culmination of hard work and, Elizabeth noted, many emails back and forth with their mentors. 

“We decided to design an Olympic Stadium in DC because we all have an interest in sports and thought it would be a good representation of how diverse groups can unite together and play sports,” said Ava. “We felt this stadium best encompassed Visitation's focus on well-rounded women.”

“[All the time was] very worth getting to present at the Smith group last week, not only because we won but also because of all of the bonding the club did over it. We even made matching T-shirts to commemorate our time together,” Elizabeth said. “With such amazing results, I certainly learned the value of pouring time and energy into something difficult but rewarding and fun. I learned how to put in effort up front knowing that it will be worth it in the end.”

“I think what made our presentation stand out from the rest was our 3D Model of the Olympic Stadium, as it was a unique aspect no other teams had and showed our design in a physical way,” said Ava.

Elizabeth also received a scholarship from ACE towards her first two years of college. “I am very grateful to my recommenders, because on my own I could never have done it, and am humbled to receive an honor because of their hard work,” she said. “I hope that I can live out the legacy of the scholarship and contribute to the ACE field someday.”