12th Annual School of Architecture Steel Deck Competition
EPIC® Metals Corporation | 11 Talbot Avenue | Rankin, PA 15104 | (877) 696-3742
Posted: Sunday, 5 March 2017
Epic Lecture & Final Brief: 1:00pm, Mon, 6 March 2017in CFA214
Plot DropBox Deadline: 8:30am, Thur, 9 March 2017
Pin-Up Deadline: 10:30am, Thur, 9 March 2017
Closed Jury: 4:30pm, Thur, 9 March 2017
A Self-Sufficient Shelter for the Environmental Charter School
From the Primitive Hut illustrated by Charles-Dominique-Joseph Eisen in the frontispiece to Essai sur l'Architecture by Marc-Antoine Laugier to the zero energy ETH-Zurich Monte Rosa Hut above Zermatt, Switzerland, shelters and huts hold a fascinating place in the domain of architecture - prodding architects to be sustainable, creative, philosophical and poetic.
The teachers at ECS would like to create a prototype self-sufficient shelter to engage their students in learning about the universe through celestial observations. The prototype shelter will first be installed on their Milton Street site (ground, roof, other?). After using and evaluating the prototype, the design will be refined through iteration and the actual shelters will be constructed and deployed in the Laurel Highlands. The shelter must produce all the energy that its occupants need from bio or renewable energy systems. It must protect the occupants from heat, cold, wind, rain and snow and allow night time observations of the sky.
Epic Metals has agreed to donate the bulk of the materials for the construction of these shelters, so the jury will be considering the creative and expressive use of metal deck products in your design submission.
Design this self-sufficient shelter working in teams of two - have fun.
Four (4) - six (6) sleeping positions on an elevated platform(s) to enable celestial observations and sleep-overs by middle school students and chaperones.
- 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 designed to the principles of Design for Disassembly (DfD)
- must be safe for public occupancy
- must provide enough bio and/or renewable energy to power lights, cell phone chargers and hair dryers
- may utilize additional, compatible materials
- will rely on the ECS and PA State Park system for sanitary and dining facilities
Two (2) 24" x 36" Competition Panels (maximum 48" wide when pinned up) with:
- Brief Narrative describing Project Intentions
- Site Plan at 1/16" = 1'-0" (1:192)
- Plan/ Section/ Elevation drawings of the shelter 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, but are written on the back of the boards or discretely covered.
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 on Monday, 10 April 2017 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 receive their public recognition.