PCI engages students in multiunit housing design

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute is calling for 2011 Student Architectural Design Competition entries through May 31. The project will address total-precast concrete design solutions for multiunit housing, including concepts for duplex, apartment, senior and extended-care housing projects, as well as hotels, motels, dormitories, and military barracks. Students will be evaluated on ability to creatively design and technically integrate architectural and structural total-precast concrete systems. They can use a selected site-specific location at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, or develop their own existing site.

Consideration for sustainable building practices will be a major element in the competition. Successful entries will be characterized by innovative use of precast/ prestressed concrete as an agent in sustainable design. A minimum potential LEED silver rating is required to be integrated into the design. The competition is open to students currently enrolled in any architecture-related program, such as architecture, landscape architecture, construction management, interior design, or any program with an emphasis on the built environment.

Competition entries may be the work of an individual student or can be submitted as a team from a school. Student organizations, such as AIAS, may enter the competition as a possible fundraiser for the organization. Each entry must have a faculty advisor. Design winners will be announced in July and awards presented at the PCI 2011 Annual Convention & Exhibition, October 22–25, in Salt Lake City.

Awards information, submittal requirements and forms can be obtained by clicking on Architectural Competition at www.pci.org. Other questions or sponsorship inquiries can be directed to PCI Managing Director, Research and Development,

— Roger Becker, 312/360-3213, [email protected]