10th Annual School of Architecture Steel Deck Competition
EPIC® Metals Corporation | 11 Talbot Avenue | Rankin, PA 15104 | (877) 696-3742
Posted: 30 December 2014
Assigned: Mon, 12 January 2015
Pin-Up Deadline: Mon, 19 January 2015 at 9:00am
Closed Jury: Mon, 19 January 2015 at 3:30pm
A Hut for the Pittsburgh Polar Bear Club
On New Years Day every year several hundred enthusiasts meet on the Mon Wharf for their annual swim. Some dive in, some tip toe in, while others have second thoughts and just watch. To celebrate the joie de vivre of the swimmers, the SoArch has volunteered to design a de-mountable changing hut enabling the swimmers to maintain a level of modesty whilst changing out of their freezing wet togs into warm(?) street clothes. Because the site is on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, the Polar Bear Club is not permitted to build a permanent structure, rather every year, they are allowed to assemble the hut on 31 December, if they promise to remove the hut by the end of the day on 1 January.
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.
Working in teams of two, you are to design this changing hut on the Mon Wharf for the Pittsburgh Polar Bear Club on the Monongahela River.
GPS Coordinates: 40.438123, -80.006050
From the Primitive Hut, illustrated by Charles-Dominique-Joseph Eisen, the frontispiece of Essai sur l'Architecture by Marc-Antoine Laugier to the zero energy ETH-Zurich Monte Rosa Hut above Zermatt, Switzerland, huts hold an interesting place in the domain of architecture, encouraging architects to be creative, philosophical and theoretical.
Four (4) - six (6) unisex changing rooms. The hut:
- must fit within a 24 foot long by 24 foot wide by 16 foot tall envelope
- must engage the user
- must explore the intrinsic properties of metal deck
- must be capable of being assembled by volunteers the night before the event and disassembled immediately after the swim
- must be safe for public occupancy
- will not contain any mechanical, electrical or plumbing systems
- may utilize additional, compatible materials
- Mon, 12 Jan, 12:30pm | CFA200 | Meet Faculty in Studio
- Mon, 12 Jan, 1:30pm | McConomy | All School Assembly
- Mon, 12 Jan, 3:00pm | CFA214 | Lecture 01 (SL)/ Discuss Competition Brief/ Form Teams
- Wed, 14 Jan, 1:30pm | CFA214 | EPIC Lecture
- Fri, 16 Jan, 12:30pm | Pittsburgh | Site Visits
- Fri, 16 Jan, 2:00pm | CFA200 | Individual Studio Mtgs/ Site Visits
- Mon, 19 Jan, 8:00-9:00am | CFA214 | Epic Boards Due/ Teams Pin-up Competition Boards & Display Models/ Martin Luther King Holiday
- Mon, 19 Jan, 3:30-5:30pm | CFA214 | Closed Competition Jury
- Wed, 21 Jan, 1:30pm | CFA214 | Lecture 02 (JD)
Two (2) 24" x 36" Competition Panels (maximum 48" wide when pinned up) with:
- Brief Narrative describing Project Intentions
- Overall Site Plan from Smithfield Street Bridge to the Point
- Site Plan at 1/16" = 1'-0" (1:192)
- Plan/ Section/ Elevation drawings of the hut at 1/2" = 1'-0" (1:24)
- Critical Details at 1-1/2" = 1'-0" (1:8)
- Assembly/ Disassembly Sequence Drawings
- Interior and Exterior Axonometric or Perspective Views
- Many of these drawings may be incorporated into a combined axonometric view
One Physical Model
- 3/4" = 1'-0" (1:16)
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.
Pittsburgh Architect TBD
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 the First Place Team, $800 for the Second Place Team, $600 for the Third Place Team.
EPIC Metals Corporation is sponsoring a reception at the SoArch Spring Lecture Series (date TBD) 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.Photo credit: Michael Henninger, Post Gazette