The judges will be selected by the Institute Board of Governors and competition committee. The judges will consist of volunteer building industry practitioners, representatives of AEI, and the competition sponsors.
In the electronic submittal and finalist presentations, all teams are required to describe the project challenges that were met and the most innovative systems included in their submittals. The submitted design shall address the required high value areas and meet the project guidelines that were previously stated in the program. Teams should concentrate on communicating the design decisions and solutions made by the team and provide the calculations and details of these elements to support these decisions. The project shall be approached in a code compliant manner and in such a way as to ensure constructability within the given site and logistical constraints.
The design submission shall provide solutions to the design challenge that are original and include innovations in building design and construction that improve quality, efficiency, and value. Exceptionally innovative or original ideas as related to specific design challenges mentioned in the project guidelines are capable of being considered for stand alone innovation awards at the judges discretion.
Additional criteria that will be used for evaluating the team's submittals by the judges include the following:
1. Demonstration of an integrated and collaborative design while also implementing appropriate construction strategies and decision making.
The design submission should show how the individual systems and construction processes integrate with the other engineered systems and the architecture of the building. Additionally, the teams shall demonstrate the collaboration between team members and disciplines.
2. Implementation of design, construction strategies, and solutions that are original, innovative, and forward thinking.
The design submission shall be original and include innovations in building design and construction that improve quality, efficiency, and value. Exceptionally innovative or original ideas as related to specific design challenges mentioned in the project guidelines are capable of being considered for stand-alone innovation awards at the judge discretion.
3. Adherence and conformance to the specified performance, sustainable design and construction goals and expected ratings.
The design submission should demonstrate conformance to specified performance and sustainable design goals and shall include design considerations that improve building performance such as the following: energy efficiency, water efficiency, emissions reduction, improved environmental quality, and efficient selection or use of resources to minimize environmental impact. The submission may also demonstrate how construction materials and equipment will be utilized in unique ways, minimizing waste and promoting sustainability.
4. Sensitivity to and consideration of realistic budgetary constraints, including life-cycle costing and payback analyses for major system components. Adherence to a reasonable construction schedule and budget, including plans and concepts to ensure safety of the site and surrounding areas.
The design submission should demonstrate the costs and benefits of proposed solutions including estimated lifespan, upfront costs, and life cycle analysis/consideration.
An evaluation rubric, which will be used by the judges at the time of the written submission and finalists presentations, prepared in conjunction with the evaluation criteria listed above, will be made available to teams at the time of registration.
The initial submittals, due on February 17, 2016 by 1:00 p.m. (EST), will be used by the judges to determine the teams whom will be asked to present in the finals at the AEI Forum scheduled for March 31 - April 1, 2016 being hosted by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA.