The Challenge

The competition will challenge students to address the design, integration, and construction issues that must be considered for a 17 story mixed use office building located on Boylston Street in Boston Massachusetts. The submittals should address the construction, design issues and life cycle cost concepts related to a high performance building.

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.

The submittals should address the following challenges:

1. Sustainable design and construction that addresses material use, energy, emissions, water and waste goals. 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.     The energy goal for teams to use in this competition shall be a value of 50% of the baseline obtained by using ASHRAE 90.1-2007.

2. Provide resiliency with respect to local environmental considerations. Maintain security provisions and post emergency operation consistent with a Modern    
    Multipurpose Building. Competition teams should address the industry issue of maintaining operation and/or quick restart of a facility of this type during a natural
    disaster (i.e. hurricane exceeding code minimum values) or other post emergency response situations. The competition requirement for wind is to design for a code
    mean recurrence interval (MRI) or return period of 100 years per ASCE 7-05. (A wind tunnel test is not available for this project. Wind design using the appropriate
    code analytical methods is permitted in lieu of a wind tunnel design solution.) Teams should address the need for certain tenants to maintain mission critical powe
    to telecommunication operations, mission critical equipment loads as well as physical access to the building. The competition requirement is to provide building
    tenants with a minimum of 48 hours of run-time in the event of a utility outage. Systems shall be designed to be fault tolerant with components being 
    concurrently maintainable to provide reliable power to the critical IT/Data loads.

3. Consider integration with and impact on adjoining businesses, structures and public ways. All existing office, retail, pedestrian access, public safety, surface streets
    and interstate highways in the complex must be maintained in operation during the design and construction of the new tower with the exception of minor
    planned shutdowns of utilities and surface streets. Under no circumstances can there be a shutdown of the interstate highway that traverses (underground) a corner
    of the site.

Download a copy of the full program at: AEI Student Design Competition 2016 .

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