DBVW Architects is proud to announce that Melissa Wherley, an architect at DBVW and an ACE (Architecture Construction Engineering) Mentor, will be leading a team of high school students to The CIRT (Construction Industry Round Table) Design & Construction Competition 2017. Starting in October of 2016, Melissa and her team, “PVD Creative”, worked together to come up with a conceptual design for The Barack Obama Presidential Museum and Library, which won first place in its category. In April, Melissa and her team will travel to Washington D.C. to present their project to a jury at this year’s CIRT National Design & Construction Competition. This year’s conference theme celebrates the innovations and contributions the design and construction community makes to the quality of American life, while understanding the issues and challenges the industry faces to deliver on this legacy. The 2017 program marks the beginning of a new collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) to provide an online digital platform, DiscoverDesign.org, to conduct the competition. At the national competition, PVD Creative will be competing against the two other category winners: Team 6 from the ACE Mentor Program of Chicago (for their entry, “Cultural Museum of Chicago at the Old Post Office”) and Team 30 from the ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York City (for their entry “Queens Quarters”).