48_305 & 48_640 | Advanced Construction Studio | S18

13th Annual School of Architecture Steel Deck Competition

Last Updated on 2018.03.04 by slee

Sponsored by:

EPIC® Metals Corporation | 11 Talbot Avenue | Rankin, PA 15104 | (877) 696-3742

Posted: Sunday, 4 March 2018

Epic Lecture & Final Brief: 1:00pm, Mon, 5 March 2018 in MM A14

Plot DropBox Deadline: 8:30am, Thur, 8 March 2018

Pin-Up Deadline in MM 303: 12:30pm, Thur, 8 March 2018

Closed Jury: 4:30pm, Thur, 8 March 2018

A Farm Stand for the Environmental Charter School


The ECS farm stand gives students an opportunity to provide healthy fresh food to the community and raise funds for sustaining the school's food/environment programs. It will be a small freestanding object on the school grounds for students to display and sell seedlings, vegetables, herbs, flowers, and plants that have been grown on school property as well as healthy baked goods. The stand will be open regularly from May and through November primarily on weekends, but also during other non-school hours. It may also be opened for special events during or outside school. It may also be transported to the neighborhoods that support CitiParks Farmers' Markets, During the months when it is not in regular use, the stand may be moved and stored indoors. The architectural character of the farm stand should draw the public in and should reflect the values of the Environmental Charter School. The farm stand is intended to be a mobile unit rather than a permanent "building".

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


Select a partner with whom you want to work. Your partner can be in a different studio, but you must have a partner - no solo submissions. The sign-up list will be available in Google sheets on Monday.


The stand is to be self-contained (roof, walls, floor) and mobile. The use of metal for structure and enclosure keeps the farm stand lightweight and strong, so that it can be transported without difficulty. It should move in/out of a garage door. The ECS has decided to use this trailer with these dimensions. Roofs, counters, ramps, additional accoutrement, etc. must collapse or be removable for storage inside the farm stand when it is in transit.

The sales transaction area is a protected but open area that includes a transaction counter (consider ergonomics of middle school children), display shelving, and a sheltered place for customers.

The storage area is an enclosed space (that can be locked) for fresh produce ready to display, containers for produce, a sink, a compost bin, and supplies/tools for cleaning and preparation. Natural daylight and ventilation is required and the room must be weather-tight.

The farm stand, which when in use is to be located on school property, should be visible and accessible from major street(s). Consider siting it in a place where passers-by in cars as well as on foot can easily stop. Easy access from the school gardens is desirable for transporting produce and compost. It is desirable to have easy access in/out of the building for storing the farm stand when not in use. If your team spans studios, you can pick one site and demonstrate its siting.

The farm stand should be a self-sustaining building, a demonstration of the potential for generating power, collecting water, and recycling organic matter. It should provide enough electricity to power an outlet and light in both storage and transaction spaces. Collect and store water for washing produce and cleaning the stand. Provide a convenient location for a covered compost container that is used to transfer compost to the school's composting center.

Create a memorable name and design the associated signage for your farm stand.


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 ensure that the names of the team members are not visible to the jury during the judging.


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

The Third Year 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 Awards Gala from 3:00 - 5:00pm on Wed, 11 April 2018 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.