Norwich receives special award at the conclusion of Solar Decathlon
Norwich’s Delta T90 team got a surprise at the final reception of the 2013 Solar Decathlon. The team was given a special award in honor of Byron Stafford, longtime operations manager for this international competition, who died in May 2013.
“I don’t think anyone at the competition even knew they were recognizing a team for having the same attributes as Byron Stafford,” said Kimberly Lynch, an architecture student from Long Island, N.Y.
Melissa King, wife of Solar Decathlon founder and director Richard King, made the presentation late in the final competition celebration, held after the contests had concluded on the second-to-last day of the 10-day event. She said the award is meant for the team that best exemplifies the spirit and qualities of Stafford, who has been closely involved with the competition since its conception in the late 1990s. King described him as honest, caring, humble, intelligent, fair, reliable, steadfast and genuine.
Aron Temkin, dean of Norwich’s College of Professional Schools, said it was wonderful to be recognized for the students’ hard work and qualities they brought to the event, particularly because it is a brand new award.
“It just goes to show they’re competing in a truly Norwich spirit, and we’re extremely proud of them,” he said.
Temkin added it has been great to hear feedback from the thousands of people who visited Delta T90 at the exhibition. Visitors seem to respond to its affordability and the dedication of the students answering their questions, he said.
“They found it to be a welcoming house,” said Temkin.
Carol Anna, the Decathlon’s communications manager, affirmed that the award was a surprise to event staff. She added that Stafford managed the logistics of the Solar Village, and was critical to its operations. He was an honest, hardworking person whose loss has affected everyone involved with the competition, she said.