“Believe you can, and you're halfway there.” - Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US President
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.
School of the Future
This competition’s objective is to envision and reimagine a sustainable, net-zero, viable design/construction solution for a school of the future (elementary, secondary, or college levels). To succeed the team should consider all the elements in such a project, from site selection to construction materials, methods, timelines, and budgets, etc. Outside of the box approaches and thinking should take into consideration: meeting the educational, health, safety, food service, technical application, security, and social needs/norms through use of design and construction techniques. In this spirit, the entry must use construction materials and approaches that will provide spaces that will balance, all the competing needs with in-person and/or remote educational instruction, as well as the other ancillary valuable social exchanges critical for mental health and wellbeing can transpire and be achieved.
City Park / Open Spaces
With the recent experiences from COVID, urban dwellers are seeking alternatives to their dense, tight living conditions (causing some to flee urban centers). This challenge asks the teams to provide another alternative by creating sustainable, inviting, secure open spaces that will provide relief, activities, to a welcoming useful area. Site selection is critical; however, the space may be an empty lot or formerly occupied by a series of office buildings, storefronts, or even housing that is abandoned, in ill-use and repair, or otherwise prime for reuse or demolition. The open space can also be designed/constructed for special events/occasions etc. The spaces can be designed and built with landscaping, innovative temporary structure that provides shelter, shade, and seating for a wide range of public events, and/or permanent buildings to facilitate and enhance the area overall.
Humanitarian Center / Border Relief
Every day thousands, if not more, of people arrive along the border of the United States, overwhelming even the most basic humanitarian support from health care, hygiene, food supplies, to temporary housing as they await disposition and legal processing. Teams are challenged to address this urgent need through use of design and construction techniques that will help direct the flow to centers envisioned and created to handle the multitude of needs while dealing with the difficulties of security, safety, language, gender, ages, varied timelines and comfort of the influx of people. Your solution should be done as a prototype or model that can be replicated along the 1,000-mile border in various hot spots or heavily traveled corridors.
January 2023 REGISTRATION OPENS
March 15 SUBMISSIONS DUE AT MIDNIGHT
March 27 PRELIMINARY RESULTS ANNOUNCED
April 7 FINALIST HOTEL RESERVATION DUE
April 24 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 linked below.
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.
Slideroom platform will open January 2023.