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ARCHICAD User Honored in Residential Architect's Homes For Habitat Design Contest

San Francisco, CA - Sept. 23, 1999

Architectural designer Britt Halsell of the Ocala, Florida-based Hal Thomas Reid & Associates won second place and $1,000 from Residential Architect magazine for his inspired submission to their annual Homes For Habitat Design Contest benefiting Habitat for Humanity International.

Halsell's ARCHICAD design was chosen from 114 entries. An adapted version of his design is now being constructed in Tacoma, Washington, for a Habitat for Humanity International family, in conjunction with contest sponsors Louisiana-Pacific Corporation and Premier Building Systems.

The contest asked for a home design with a simple, livable plan that could be built by Habitat volunteers under professional supervision. The design needed to accommodate a multi-generational family of three women, ages 73, 54 and 29; and two boys, ages 10 and 9. Other criteria included designing a single-level structure with four bedrooms and 1.5 baths; a total livable space not to exceed 1,176 square feet (including space for a furnace); central heating and air conditioning via heat pump; and keeping the hard costs for materials only, minus the crawlspace, under $36/sq. ft.

Halsell's design provides the occupants with two separate zones to live in: a private space where family members can retreat when necessary; and a large, open living room and kitchen with vaulted ceilings and capped by a covered porch at one end and a deck at the other. Halsell's plan includes possible furniture layouts and interior finishes including custom bunk beds.

Halsell elaborates on the firm's history with ARCHICAD, "We originally chose ARCHICAD 4.5 because it ran on the Macintosh and was powerful and easy to use. We're now using version 6.0 to develop projects - from complete sets of working drawings to extensive 3D renderings. We use the program to develop construction details and model complex interior and exterior forms, for both the client's benefit as well as ours. The ability to quickly model something in ARCHICAD is the program's best feature for our firm." For more information on Hal Thomas Reid & Associates, visit their website at

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people from all walks of life to work together in partnership to help build houses with families in need. Habitat has built some 80,000 houses around the world, providing some 400,000 people in more than 2,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. HFHI was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife Linda. For more information on Habitat for Humanity International, visit their website at

Residential Architect, published in the United States by Hanley-Wood, LLP, is the only magazine exclusively for architects who design homes. It delivers substantive editorial on marketing, presentation, products, technology and business management to 20,127 architects and designers. For more information, visit them on-line at

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