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Florida International University students in the Materials & Methods of Construction Class taught by FIU Architecture Professor Jaime Canaves were issued a challenge by their teacher: Successfully construct shoes that will allow the student to walk across a campus lake – with minimum water contact. CGI Windows & Doors offered a $1,000 scholarship to the 2015 “Walk on Water” winner, supporting the program for the second year in a row.

“We were once again astounded by the creative genius shown by these students,” said Steven E. Dawson, vice president and general manager of CGI Windows & Doors. “It’s our job as members of the architectural community to do all we can to encourage their ingenuity and professional growth. It’s an honor to be part of the “Walk on Water” program for the second year.” IMG_0400 IMG_2165

“CGI’s generous support of our students is most appreciated,” said Brian Schriner, Dean of the College of Architecture + The Arts at FIU. “This is yet another example of this company’s commitment to our community and its success.”

A 25+-year tradition for the FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, all students who successfully walked across Green Lake received an A in the class. The 2015 competition featured 50 students, with Daniel Tabet completing the walk first and claiming the CGI Windows & Doors scholarship.

The $1,000 winning scholarship is part of a $5,000 total scholarship amount donated by CGI Windows & Doors to the FIU Department of Architecture throughout the school year. Also included: $750 and $500 amounts awarded to the second- and third-place “Walk on Water” finishers, respectively; and $2,750 for other scholarships during the spring semester.

CGI was established in 1992 and has consistently built a reputation based on designing and manufacturing quality impact-resistant products that meet or exceed the stringent Miami-Dade County impact standards. The Company has over 300 employees at its manufacturing plant in Miami, Florida. Today the Company continues to lead as an innovator in product craftsmanship, strength and style, and its brands are highly recognized and respected by the architectural community. CGI product lines include the Estate Collection, Sentinel by CGI, Estate Entrances, Commercial Series, and Targa by CGI. CGI Windows and Doors is a wholly owned subsidiary of PGT, Inc. (NASDAQ: PGTI). For additional information, visit

The FIU Department of Architecture trains students in the profession of architecture to become thoughtful practitioners, critical thinkers, and broad visionaries with the skills and knowledge to enhance their communities and the built environment around them. The Department has a world-class faculty engaged in architectural practice and research on issues of design, sustainability, history/theory/criticism, sea-level rise, digital fabrication, and a whole host of interdisciplinary areas that advance knowledge in South Florida and across the globe. For more information, go to

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