9th Annual School of Architecture Steel Deck Competition

Sponsored by EPIC® Metals Corporation | 11 Talbot Avenue | Rankin, PA 15104 | 1.877.696.3742

Assigned: Mon, 13 January 2014

Revised: Fri, 17 January 2014

Closed Jury: Mon, 20 January 2014 at 1:30pm

A Folly for the Strip District

Each of you spent the previous semester studying the ecological flows on the site in the Strip District between the Produce Terminal and the Allegheny River. The third year faculty intend to build upon the knowledge acquired in the fall semester with our projects during the spring semester. The notion of systems thinking, that you engaged by studying ecological flows, will be extended to structural systems, enclosure systems and construction systems this semester. The first opportunity to do so will be this one week competition sponsored by Epic Metals. The City, the URA and the Buncher Company are working on this site to create a mixed use development to bring people back to the Strip District to live, to work and to recreate. The first step, is the creation of a folly that will announce the impending development project from the river, from the 16th Street bridge and from the Strip District.

Therefore, working in teams of two, you are to design a folly for the open, rectangular site bounded by 20th and 21st Streets and within 50 feet of the Allegheny River.

Follies have an interesting place in architecture, representing an opportunity for architects to be creative, fanciful and theoretical. Wikipedia might be a good place to start your investigations of this building type. There is no program for the folly, however it:

Epic Metals has agreed to donate the bulk of the materials for the construction of these follies, so the jury will be considering the creative and expressive use of metal deck products in your design submission.


Submission Requirements

Two (2) 24" x 36" Competition Panels (maximum 48" wide when pinned up) with:

One Physical Model

The submissions will be judged anonymously, so please be sure that the names of the team members are not visible to the jury during the judging.


Mike McDonnell (BArch '90), Principal, IKM Incorporated

Stephen M. Potts, PE, Vice President of Engineering, EPIC Metals Corporation

The 48.305 Advanced Construction Studio Faculty


A total of $2400 will be awarded to the winning teams - $1000 for First Place, $800 for Second Place, $600 for Third Place.

EPIC Metals Corporation is sponsoring a reception at the SoArch Lecture on Fri, 07 Feb 2014 in the CFA Great Hall at which time, the winners will be announced. The top five teams will be notified prior to the event and will be required to be in attendance to be publicly recognized.