COMPETITION WINNERS & HIGHLIGHTS
Chicago Student Team’s “School of the Future” is Crowned
In a packed standing room only in-person presentation, three “Worthy Finalist” teams competed in the final round before a five-judge panel to vie for top honors in the 2023 CIRT National Design + Construction Competition. The eventual winner, in a closely contested three-way match, went to the ACE Mentor team hailing from Chicago, IL for their school of the future entry. The overall competence and creativity in converting an existing waterfront building for educational purposes within the limits of “net zero” constraints won the judges over.
The order of finish for the competition was:
After carefully analyzing the presentations as well as the underlying entry’s design/construction approaches within the project’s objectives, the five-judge panel balanced the outcome on the basis of the two major elements: quality of presentation and competence of the overall entry. The winning team’s solution exhibited a very strong responsiveness to the criteria of the school of the future prompts and specific elements, such as: (i) advantageous site selection, (ii) surrounding intra-modal forms of transportation and networks, in addition to (iii) use of an existing structure rehabbed to meet the demands of future educational needs, and (4) while attaining the goals set by the strict requirements of “net zero” functionality.
Six other teams were also recognized in the 2023 competition as either First Runner-Up ($1,000 prize) or Second Runner-Up ($500 prize) in each of the three different design challenges or options. Among this elite group were:
The CIRT Competition celebrates the innovations and contributions the design/construction community makes to the quality of American life, while understanding the issues and challenges the industry faces to deliver on this legacy. The Competition is maintained, coordinated, and judged by Construction Industry Round Table is intended for ACE Mentor Affiliate team entries.