2021 Senior Design Day

The Department of Civil and Systems Engineering prepares students to play a critical role in human safety and security, from the design and construction of buildings, bridges, and roads to safeguarding water and other resources. As seniors, students are challenged to devise innovative and sustainable solutions to a variety of problems in the built environment.

This year, students developed designs to address multiple areas of the Alexandria City Hall and Market Square in Alexandria, Virginia.

Plans will include a redesign of the fountain and functional space of the Market Square plaza and use of the City Hall rooftop to create a new interior courtyard seating/meeting area. The rooftop designs will also contain areas for vegetable growing, rainwater collection, and solar panels.

Student plans seek to achieve the following goals:

  • Showcase versatility via new design concepts as well as design within the varying levels of existing or historic construction.
  • Design outdoor, public structures to serve community use and accommodate environmental exposure.
  • Create a structural design for both gravity and lateral load-resisting systems, both within existing context and for new construction.
  • Showcase experience with sustainability and green design through the following:
    • Reuse of existing construction,
    • Development of basic systems/routes for water collection and storage in a new cistern, and
    • Designs to accommodate green roof and solar panels.

PARTICIPANTS: Simi Aluko, Carson Drew, Cassandra Factora, Trevor Henigan, Taeki Kim, Cassidy Manning, Naomi Meiselman, Kayla Ostrow, Jonathan Resnick, Natalia Zhukova


  • 2–4 p.m.: Student Presentations
  • 4:15–4:30 p.m.: Blue Hat Ceremony
  • 4:30–4:45 p.m.: Presentation of Convocation and Graduate Student Awards

CONNECTION INFORMATION: This event will be streamed live online using the following information.

URL: https://wse.zoom.us/j/91639588337?pwd=N2hDSTgxampxYmJ2ZkhidWhyQlgxdz09
Meeting ID: 916 3958 8337
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