ST. LOUIS - Unico Inc., a manufacturer of small-duct, high-velocity central heating and air conditioning systems, announced its financial support for finalists vying for the Charles E. Peterson Prize. The prize is awarded each year to college students who display superior drawing abilities in documenting historic buildings. Unico will donate $1,000 to each of three finalists to help cover travel expenses to the awards ceremony this fall in Denver.

The prize honors Charles E. Peterson, founder of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) program, and is intended to increase awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of historic buildings throughout the United States while adding to the permanent HABS collection of measured drawings at the Library of Congress. To date, more than 2,000 students from 68 colleges and universities have participated by completing more than 500 entries and almost 5,000 sheets of measured drawings.

Unico has long been committed to the preservation of historic homes and buildings, and since 2002 has been an official partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Publication date:11/01/2010