The Architectural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers is pleased to announce the Charles Pankow Foundation Annual Architectural Engineering Student Design Competition.
The competition reflects the Pankow goals:
a. to improve the quality, efficiency and value of large buildings by advancing innovations in structural components and systems that can be codified.
b. to improve the performance of building design and construction teams by advancing integration, collaboration, communication, and efficiency through innovative
new tools and technologies, and by advancing new means and methods for project team practices.
The emphases of the competition are integration of the engineered systems and construction management plan for a high performance building, collaboration, competition, and peer review, all of which are important in the development of designs in the professional world. Students are encouraged to work together in multi-disciplinary teams and consider how the engineered systems work with or enhance the architecture of the building. Through the competition process it is anticipated that students will demonstrate the knowledge and many of the skills that will make them valuable additions to their future employers. The challenging conditions specified for the building design will encourage the participants to think of creative and innovative solutions.
The competition is open to both graduate and undergraduate students in accredited architectural engineering programs and programs actively seeking accreditation by EAC/ABET. Each team shall be supervised and advised by a faculty advisor or team of advisors. Submissions are to be entered in the building systems integration category and additionally one or more of the following four categories: structural systems design; mechanical systems design; electrical systems design; and innovative construction management and construction methods.
The competition will challenge students to address the design, integration, and construction issues that must be considered for a new high profile 30 story high rise office building located at 350 Mission in San Francisco, California. General information concerning this building can be found on the project website at: http://www.350mission.com.
The submittals should address the following challenges:
1. Construction, design issues and life cycle cost concepts related to a high performance building that addresses the desire of the owner to have a building that strives
to meet a near net zero energy, emissions, water and waste goal. The teams are encouraged to address possible ideas to make the project as sustainable
as possible in all disciplines including incorporation of renewable energy concepts, long term durability and future use of the facility.
In the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, section 401, a high performance building is defined as follows:
The term 'high-performance building' means a building that integrates and optimizes on
a life cycle basis all major high performance attributes, including energy conservation,
environment, safety, security, durability, accessibility, cost-benefit, productivity, sustainability,
functionality, and operational considerations.
2. The engineering challenges involved in the design of a high rise building using the existing project building information as a baseline project. The structure and
building systems used for the existing project are a unique and efficient design which has been executed by a team of experienced professionals. Competition
students should familiarize themselves with the existing design as a learning opportunity and use it as a baseline or a spring board to develop their own design
according to the added guidelines and team goals for the competition project. Teams shall demonstrate the process used for reviewing and choosing the building
systems in their submittals.
3. Consider architectural and engineering solutions that could improve the building for an enhanced performance level after a major design earthquake. As defined for
this competition, "enhanced performance" refers to a building with a building drift limited to approximately half of what is currently allowed by the building
code. The owner would prefer that the design limit the amount of damage and repair to the building by a design earthquake event. Mechanical and electrical
systems should allow for a near immediate occupancy after a design earthquake event. Solutions that will increase the expected life cycle of the building are
Download a copy of the complete 2014 competition program: Charles Pankow Foundation Annual Architectural Engineering Student Design Competition.