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Ball State University students and faculty are gaining national attention for a student-designed, energy-efficient duplex on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis.  

The eco-friendly Alley House, located at 2901 N. Temple Ave., was awarded a prestigious award from the Society of American Registered Architecture and Planning. The official award announcement will be made at this year’s award gala in Philadelphia on Oct. 28.  

“We are so grateful for this recognition from SARA,” said Pamela Harwood, professor of architecture and faculty co-lead of the Alley House project. “The Alley House project was a momentous achievement. We would like to recognize all 105 ECAP students who worked on this project and honor the Architecture Department team leads.” 

The duplex will provide affordable housing for two families.  

Earlier this year, BSU’s R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning won first place in an international competition through the Department of Energy.   

“An organization of registered architects recognizing a student project is a huge honor,” said Nik Seiber, senior architecture major. “This is meaningful because the project was intended to be a real-world, professionally connected, community-relevant experience for students who will someday be registered architects.” 

RELATED: New net-zero housing on far east side wins award from the U.S. Department of Energy

The Alley House is one of Ball State’s many Immersive Learning projects where students earn credit for working with community partners to address challenges.  

The Alley House is a part of the 40-unit Englewood Homes affordable infill housing development on the Near Eastside. It is the only duplex that will produce more energy than it consumes.   

Learn more about the Alley House at sites.bsu.edu/sd-buildindy/. 

Contact staff writer Jayden Kennett at 317-762-7847 or by email jaydenk@indyrecorder.com. Follow her on Twitter @JournoJay. 

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