As the main sponsor of the 2016 Florida International University (FIU) Department of Architecture’s “Walk on Water” event, held annually on the FIU campus in Miami, support from CGI Windows & Doors allowed the 2016 program to expand into a statewide event for the first time. This year’s “Walk on Water” was held on November 10, 2016.

“Walk on Water” began 27 years ago when FIU architecture professor Jaime Canaves were issued a challenge to students in his Materials & Methods of Construction Class: Build shoes that will allow the student to walk across a campus lake – with minimum water contact. Entrants can compete individually, or as a team.

The first-place winner received a $1,000 cash prize, thanks to CGI’s sponsorship. The event is in its 27th year. This year’s winners were FIU’s Immanuel Miranda-Burns and William Valle Pinto who raced across the pond in one minute and six seconds.

“This is our third year sponsoring the FIU ‘Walk on Water’ event, and we’ve seen interest and participation grow year to year,” said Steven E. Dawson, vice president and general manager of CGI Windows & Doors. “The value of a strong, successful program like this is that it allows students to both design and build their project, giving them hands-on, real-world, invaluable experience. We were thrilled to assist in expanding the program this year to reach more architecture students across the state of Florida.”

Thanks to the CGI sponsorship, five teams from two schools – Palm Beach State College and the University of Florida – entered the contest. Sponsor funding assisted the schools with both their materials and their travel expenses.

“CGI has always felt strongly about supporting the architecture community, from students through professionals, across the state,” said Dawson. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with FIU and developing this program into something with a national scale.”

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