48_305 | Advanced Construction Studio | S15

10th Annual School of Architecture Steel Deck Competition

Sponsored by:

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.

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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

Pittsburgh Polar Bear Club Website

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:


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.


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