“It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.” - Babe Ruth, Legendary baseball player
The CIRT National Design and Construction 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.
The key objective of this challenge is to identify a heavily congested and/or overwhelmed highway or road exchange that needs reimagination, reconfiguration, and redevelopment. Consider an interchange that is problematic, has lots of congestion, long delays, unsafe merging, needs more on/off ramps, etc. Consider mixed uses or passageways for transit, pedestrians, and of course vehicle traffic. Teams must reconfigure the area for greater efficiency, volume, and safety while considering water run-off, recycling materials as much as possible, and a detailed construction schedule / phased building plan to ensure minimal interruption to traffic and the surrounding communities. To succeed the team should consider all the elements in such a project, from site selection to construction materials, methods, timelines, and budgets, etc.
Olympic Stadium / Iconic Structure
Often the most distinctive lasting structure of the Summer Olympic Games is the stadium or iconic structure(s) that capture the spirit of the games themselves. This design challenge is intended to have the teams imagine what that iconic structure would entail for the upcoming Paris, France games. Create a memorable stadium, hall, housing complex, or structure that will have a lasting impact, purpose, function, and/or footprint. Consider how the structure can be reconfigured, if necessary, to maintain lasting value and use for the city long after the crowds, athletes, and cameras move on. The design proposal should capture the history, culture, nature, landscape, scope, and architectural traditions in Paris, while simultaneously incorporating materials, building techniques, and approaches that fully express the current values placed on sustainability, energy efficiency, and building with recyclable eco- friendly products, and being equipped with the latest smart building communication and security technologies. Let your imagination soar while designing for the ages while making it exude “Paris 2024”!
This construction/design option seeks to explore the best practices and innovative strategies for planning, design, construction of resilient and sustainable developments in waterfront areas (river, lake, or seashores). The goal is to provide ideas and/or basis of a master plan for the sensitive development of Flood Hazard Area Zones that experience significant storm surge inundation, flooding, or water invasion. Think of this challenge as creating a prototype for long term planning and development strategies in densely populated seaside communities. Successful proposals will contain before/after images or plans, new uses, etc. The proposal should focus or concentrate on an identifiable stretch of waterfront, NOT the entire shore. The outcome of the solution/construction should be to help the local municipality to preserve the value of its neighborhood and/or heritage as a water shoreline/coastal community.
More competition details and challenge criteria available in the Competition Packet:
January 2024 REGISTRATION OPENS
March 14 SUBMISSIONS DUE AT MIDNIGHT
March 25 PRELIMINARY RESULTS ANNOUNCED
April 8 FINALIST HOTEL RESERVATION DUE
April 29 FINALIST PRESENTATIONS
Any ACE Mentor Affiliate/Chapter can volunteer to participate in the CIRT National Design & Construction Competition, which uses project challenges adapted and/or modified to accommodate the competition’s parameters.
The true goal is to judge the ability of the students to make a reasoned, coherent, well thought out, clear presentations on their team’s design and construction approaches that are realistic and responsive to the project’s objectives within time, budget, constructability constraints, etc.
Detailed rules and instructions are in the Competition Information Packet.
CIRT will present prizes for the top three national finalists plus prizes for runner-up entries. In addition, CIRT will provide a logistical/travel expense stipend (approximately $1,000 per team) to apply to costs associated with attending the final round as the Affiliate/Chapter best determines.
1st Place $5,000
2nd Place $3,000
3rd Place $2,000
The National Competition will use a dedicated digital platform, Slideroom, to conduct the process. All Registration forms and materials must be submitted via Slideroom to be judged.
Teams may begin their registration form anytime on Slideroom, then return to submit final work by the deadline.