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OBG SPARK Competition strengthens Drexel University community collaboration

Bartram’s Garden is presented with a check from OBG on behalf of its esteemed industry partners who participated in the SPARK Innovation Competition at Drexel University.

SYRACUSE, NY: On behalf of its esteemed industry partners participating in the SPARK Innovation Competition at Drexel University, O’Brien & Gere (OBG)—an integrated engineering solutions company— contributed $1,000 to Bartram’s Garden—a National Historic Landmark.

The SPARK Innovation Competition, a think tank style competition hosted at select universities across the country, was created and developed by OBG to promote innovative STEM application. Most recently the competition was hosted at Drexel University’s ExCITe Center on November 12 and 13, 2015. “SPARK is a truly unique learning opportunity for our students as it connects them with subject matter experts from OBG and its industry partners to solve real-world problem statements with a focus on innovation, implementation and sustainability,” said Hugh Johnson, senior associate at Drexel University’s Institute for Energy & the Environment.

Together with its higher education and industry partners, OBG identifies and supports local community organizations at the conclusion of each competition. This year, along with Drexel University and partners, OBG has selected Bartram’s Garden as recipient of a $1,000 gift. Operated by the John Bartram Association in cooperation with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Bartram’s Garden is a destination, outdoor classroom, and living laboratory. Drexel students are currently working with faculty from the College of Engineering and the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design to design a boathouse and floating dock used to store boats that are enjoyed by the community. Drexel students and faculty continue to engage with Bartram’s Garden on opportunities to improve public enjoyment.

“OBG is committed to creating a better future by making a difference each day. We strive to do so not only by providing thought leadership and integrated solutions for our clients, but by proactively engaging with and investing in initiatives such as SPARK and Bartram’s Garden,” said Jim Fox, CEO of OBG. The Company has contributed nearly a quarter million dollars in 2015 in areas of STEM education, environmental stewardship, safety, health and wellness and community infrastructure and resiliency.

To learn more about SPARK and to view photos of the event, please visit www.sparkinnovation.us.

About OBG
Advanced Manufacturing. Energy. Environment. Water. For more than 70 years, OBG has specialized in engineering and problem solving, but the Company’s greatest strength is creating comprehensive, integrated solutions for our clients. OBG – There’s a way. For more information, visit www.obg.com.

About Bartram’s Garden

With 45 acres along the Lower Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia, Bartram’s Garden is Philadelphia’s outdoor classroom and river garden. Since 1893, the John Bartram Association has nurtured this legendary landscape and shared the Bartram family’s legacy of stewardship, creativity, and discovery with visitors of all ages.

John Bartram was an 18th-century naturalist and explorer who wished to make a “compleat discovery” of native growth in America. His journeys into the new American wilderness fostered a transatlantic plant exchange that transformed landscapes in the colonies and Europe. His lifelong work and discoveries guide Bartram’s Garden today as we creatively connect people to the wonders and lessons of nature.

As Philadelphia’s outdoor classroom and the gateway to the Schuylkill River, Bartram’s Garden is the city’s hub for outdoor recreation, environmental education, and connections to nature.

About Drexel University

Founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Drexel is a top-ranked, comprehensive university recognized for its focus on experiential learning through cooperative education, its commitment to cutting-edge academic technology and its growing enterprise of use-inspired research. With more than 26,000 students, Drexel is one of the nation's largest private universities. Drexel is a leader in creating technological solutions to societal problems of the 21st century. Drexel is committed to translational research and is poised to respond to novel opportunities for research, scholarship and technological development. Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, and a major engine for economic development in the region. For nearly a decade, Drexel has been ranked in the category of Best National Universities in "America's Best Colleges" by U.S News & World Report.

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