Habitat for Humanity

ISD is partnering with Habitat for Humanity for the second consecutive Build Challenge. With our missions aligning to provide affordable housing, Habitat for Humanity finds a family to call our built houses a home.


With the support of ISD alumnus, George Yonke (MechSE ‘17), ISD Build and Design Team are partners with ARUP for design mentorship in the following disciplines: Mechanical/ HVAC, Electrical/PV, Plumbing, Structural, and Civil/Landscape. Each team has had full design reviews as well as individual meetings with their respective disciplines to get industry support. In addition to design mentorship, the ARUP team hosted a guest lecture to present to ISD students about Who ARUP is and what the firm does for students interested in full time or internship positions.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

MWE’s Chicago office provided their services pro bono for the creation of the nonprofit, Build Solar, Inc. Having a nonprofit run by a Board of Directors on the Executive Board allows the team to work with external partners and sponsors for the Solar Decathlon Build Challenge. Without this nonprofit, the opportunity to donate the Build Challenge’s homes would not be possible.

Whiting Turner contracting

WT assists with construction planning and professional advice regarding build submissions during weekly meetings. Specifically, the construction team is working closely with WT to create a Primavera P6 schedule.

Rainwater Management Solutions

Rainwater Management Solutions (RMS) is consulting with the ISD Build Team to assist in the design of a complete rainwater harvesting system. This system will contain their proprietary WISY Vortex Pre-Filter to keep debris out of the tank, and it will also include the necessary pumps and filters that will be needed in order to distribute the reclaimed water throughout the yard and home. RMS specializes in low-maintenance systems which made consulting with them an easy choice.

Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture

With the support of ISD alumnus, Michael Hines (M.Arch ‘11), Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture has provided design support to the Architecture Build Team providing feedback on the conceptual design and feasibility.

Occupational safety and health administration (OSHA)

With the support of OSHA representative Chris Hanson, some of our members received certification for the 10-hour OSHA Hazardous Materials Training Program, which greatly aids our construction and safety efforts.