With assembly complete yesterday, we were able to begin the day with a media tour. Dozens of reporters crowded in front of the Solar Roofpod as it was presented to the media, from the outside. Media strolled through the Solar Roofpod throughout the day, and received special tours throughout the house. Buildipedia, Washington Post, The Atlantic, and USA Today were amongst some of the media that have come in to tour the pod. All day long, visitors boasted of the attractive facade, and it gave us team members much encouragement.
CCNY President Lisa Coico, Provost Daniel Lemons, Dean George Ranalli, our Construction Manager Frank Sciame, and faculty advisor Hillary Brown, were amongst some of the supporting members of Team New York who were present at site! Their presence and support made the evening one to remember!
Later in the day, some team members were able to attend a reception at the National Building Museum. Solar Decathlon sponsors were present, and teams were available to answer questions. Team New York found several of its own sponsors at the reception, and was able to network with industry professionals.
Later, we attended a special dinner at The Capital Grille, hosted by our Construction Manager, Frank Sciame. FJ Sciame, and Andrew Sciame, were also present and have been big supporters of the team. Frank Sciame truly brought up our spirits, and we all raised a toast to him, to our Faculty Advisor Christian Volkmann, to our Provost Daniel Lemons, and a few other supporting team members. The team was finally able to relax, and enjoyed the family spirit.