Winners Announced for MGMWERX Education Space Design Challenge

(Montgomery, Ala.) – May 13, the final three contestants for the MGMWERX Design Challenge, “MGMWERX Education Facility Redesign for Innovative Learning” presented their solution to a panel of judges for Phase III of the design challenge.  Don Brown with BrownStudio, Chenega Defense & Aerospace Solutions, LLC. (CDAS), and Malone Office Supplies pitched their solutions to design optimal workspaces for Professional Military Education (PME) and student training.

Phase II required contestants to provide at least two-color drawings of each space from different viewpoints.  The contestants supplied detailed lists of products and furniture and their cost estimates, in addition to a White Paper laying out the methodology behind their design choices.  From those contestants in Phase II, all were moved forward to the final selection phase where participants presented their concepts to a panel of judges made up of Air University leaders and instructors.

At the close of the presentations, each presenting group was awarded a cash prize. The first-place award, of $7,000, was presented to Chenega Defense & Aerospace Solutions, LLC. BrownStudio was awarded $3,000 for second place. Malone Office was awarded $2,000 for providing solutions to the PME challenge. These solutions will go on to form the foundation for upgrades to the PME workspaces for Air University.

“As a prior Air University PME instructor, I am thrilled Chenega Defense Aerospace Solutions won this PME Facility Redesign challenge,” shared Ron Betts with CDAS.  “It is an honor knowing that our
Learning Environment Active Design–LEAD solution will improve education of future Airmen.”

This Challenge hosted by MGMWERX has utilized the best design professionals of civilian status, to maintain top-notch design expertise for the Air Force.  Such challenges continue to fulfill the mission of MGMWERX to provide a direct connection between the military and the best ideas and innovations outside of the military.

For more information on the Design Challenge and other challenges hosted by MGMWERX, go to

To view a recap of the Education Space Design Challenge pitch, click here.

MGMWERX was created under a Partnership Intermediary Agreement to align with the education initiatives of Air University. MGMWERX augments ongoing Air University programs, through events like Pitch Night, to enhance the production of high-quality, innovative research and ideas that span issues of importance to the Air Force. This includes, but is not limited to, doctrine, strategies, capability needs, operational concepts, training, education, and science and technology.