The second place prize went to Josh Robbins of the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston who focused his design on three points - program needs, site conditions and design goals. The building concept is a combination of the exploration of these three ideas so that the building uses sustainable methods and allows room for growth. By addressing the site conditions, the supporting programs (i.e. the restrooms, mechanical room, and the serving area), are placed on the west side to minimize west facing glass and heat gain, while the classrooms are on the east side to allow morning light and indirect light throughout the day. Also, the front wall, on the south side, acts to protect the building from sunlight and provides a sense of entry. Operable windows allow ventilation into the classrooms as well as a more direct connection to the outside. These strategies will reduce the energy consumption of the building, while providing enjoyable spaces that allow users to understand how the building works with the elements, and how concrete works as a structure. The building embraces a Tilt-Up structure that redefines the natural properties of concrete by creating a building that does not appear massive, but one that is delicate and environmentally sustainable.
Showing the expanded range of possibilities with Tilt-Up construction, the team of Matt Garippa and Trevor Roeske from Alfred State College earned third place. Incorporating curved wall panels with various textures and colors, the building was orientated so that people viewing the building from a major road would be able to focus on the massive sculptural curved wall. In order to achieve a LEED Gold certification, a green roof system and solar panels was used. The design highlights the solar panels and green roof to emphasize the importance of sustainable building practices. The design blends appropriately with the existing buildings but shows the extraordinary possibilities available when using Tilt-Up concrete.
In addition to the top three projects, two additional projects received the honorable mention distinctions. The honorable mention project winners are as follows:
- Martin Henning and Kurt Schrader, Alfred State College
- James Allen and Matthew Mott, Alfred State College
"This fourth consecutive year of the TCA Student Design Competition has evidenced a considerable increase in the comprehension of the Tilt-Up structures and the application to designs," said Jim Baty, technical director of the TCA. "The judges were very impressed with the quality of submittals and the fact that so many students gave the time to understand sophisticated details of the Tilt-Up process."
The program for the 2011 competition is again aimed at highlighting the unique, and perhaps lesser-known, benefits of the method. The need for affordable housing spreads worldwide. Given this need, the recent natural disasters that have shed light on the importance of safety and durability in affordable housing, and the work being done in the Tilt-Up industry, the 2011 TCA International Student Design Competition is structured to highlight the versatility and applicability of Tilt-Up construction to affordable, durable, and sustainable single-family housing. A call for entries will be released this summer.