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The winner of a design competition of a new, sustainable bus shelter for the Winston-Salem Transit Authority will be announced Saturday during the GoExpo sustainability festival.

Ten entries have been received and will be on display during GoExpo, being held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Benton Convention Center.

WSTA teamed with the Winston-Salem Section of the American Institute of Architects to hold the competition, said Art Barnes, the Transit Authority's general manager. "It's really compatible with the image were trying to project," Barnes said. "Our board has made a commitment to sustainability by purchasing hybrid-electric buses, and sustainable bus shelters are an extension of that."

The winning design will be the basis of a new bus shelter that WSTA will build on Hawthorne Road in front of Baptist Hospital. Among other criteria, the entries must provide overhead protection from the weather, seat a minimum of three people, use solar power and other sustainable strategies, be lit at night, be safe and easy to clean, and be capable of incorporating real-time information on the arrival of the next bus. Material and construction costs should not exceed $10,000.

The Transit Authority plans to install a solar-powered Big Belly trash can/compactor at the new shelter, Barnes said.

The winning design will be chosen by an expert panel and carries a $500 prize. The second place design will earn a $250 prize. In addition, attendees at GoExpo can vote on a Peoples Choice award.

Go Expo is being organized by the City of Winston-Salem Community Sustainability Program Committee and will present 25 workshops, more than 100 exhibitors, test drives of hybrid and fuel-efficient green cars, activities for children, and eight learning areas offering sustainability tips for homes, businesses, neighborhoods, schools, gardens and more. Sarah Susanka, architect and best-selling author of The Not So Big House, will be the keynote speaker.

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