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1. Competition Terms: 

The design competition is broken into two stages:

Stage One is an open competition (designing three Learning Lab Spaces). Anyone can enter Stage One as long as they have a licensed architect on their team. The competition organizers encourage multi-disciplinary teams of teachers and designers, or students and designers. Each entrant (or team) will be required to create and describe three learning spaces and its experiences in text and in renderings and/or storyboards. Three to five unranked winners will be selected by jury, each awarded $1,000.00 USD. 

Stage Two of the competition will be composed of joint ventures/partnerships/teams of architecture firms with a local architecture firm (located in Lafayette, Acadia, St. Landry, St. Martin, Iberia, or Vermilion Parishes of Louisiana) as the prime contractor, selected by the jury based on Requests for Qualifications and subsequent interviews. Each of the three to five selected joint ventures/partnerships/teams will receive a $12,000.00 USD stipend for Stage Two. You do not have to enter Stage One to participate in Stage Two. However, the jury does consider participation in Stage One as a factor in their selection. Only one winner will be selected by the jury in Stage Two and they will be required to enter into a Professional Services agreement with a fee established by the Louisiana State Fee Curve for Architects. The three to five Stage One winners will serve an advisory role for the Stage Two joint ventures/partnerships/teams.

More information and details will be forthcoming on Stage Two of the competition.

All submissions in Stage One and Two will be digitally uploaded to the Competition Website: 

2. Funding: 

The funding for the Learning Lab will be provided by private sources.

3. Competition Website: 

4. Competitors/Participants: 

Non-architects and students may compete in Stage One competition as long as they have a licensed (in any jurisdiction) architect on their team as advisors. Collaboration with educators is encouraged. 

In addition to the competition entries for Stage One, anyone is invited to offer ideas and suggestions on the website public forum. Competing teams should pull inspiration from the educator and community ideas submitted in public forums on the competition website.

The following are prohibited from entering the competition: Jury members and the Advisor and their relatives (up to second-degree). 

5. Schedule: 

August 15, 2019 Advertisement of Competition, Website goes Online, and Registration Begins 

September 15, 2019 Begin Uploading your Submission if you have already registered. (This was the original End of Registration Date, but this has been extended to October 1st.)

October 1, 2019 Registration and Stage One Entries Due (Uploaded to Website by 10pm US CST) 

October 15, 2019 Stage One Winners Notified 

October 15, 2019 Request for Qualifications for Stage Two 

November 15, 2019 RFQs Due and Interviews held

December 15, 2019 Stage Two Joint Ventures/Partnerships/Teams Selected 

January 15, 2020 Contracts for Stage Two Signed and Stipends Awarded/Final Program Released 

March 15, 2020 Stage Two Entries Due (Uploaded to Website) 

April 1, 2020 Independent Cost Estimating (To be contracted for by owner) 

April 15, 2020 Stage Two Winner Selected and Notified

May 15, 2020 Professional Services Contract Signed (8 months for design)

January 15, 2021 Construction Documents Due 

February 2021-July 2022 Construction (17 months)

August 2022 Classes Begin in new Building

6. Jury for Stage One and Stage Two: 

Dr. Nathan Roberts, Dean, College of Education, UL Lafayette

Dr. Douglas Williams, Professor of Education, UL Lafayette

Ms. Aimee' Barber, Senior Instructor, UL Lafayette

Mr. Scott Hebert, Manager, Facility Planning, UL Lafayette

Ms. Sarah Young, Assistant Professor of Architecture, UL Lafayette

Mr. Karl Puljak, AIA, LEED AP, Director School of Design, Louisiana Tech University

Ms. Lisa Lamkin, FAIA, Principal, BRW Architects(Jury chair to be elected by Jury. If an even number of jurors convenes, the chair will not vote unless he/she is needed as a tie-breaker) 

7. Competition Advisor: 

W. Geoff Gjertson, AIA 

All competition questions shall be addressed to the Advisor and placed on the public competition website and made public along with the answers/clarifications.

8. Evaluation Criteria: 

•Innovation and creativity 

•Spatial and architectural interest 

•Coherence and functionality 

9. Stage One Submissions: 

The submissions shall consist of up to three (3) PDF files. 

Files shall be named with the entrant’s registration number (This number will be your last name and a 4 number pin you generate) then a letter designating the order of your designs (IE LASTNAME1234A, LASTNAME1234B, and LASTNAME1234C)

Maximum file size per file: 4 megabytes 

Dimension: 11”x17”, Portrait or 17”x11 Landscape (PDFs will be printed) 

Minimum font size: 10 point 

English language submissions only. 

Submissions must include a narrative. 

Submissions must also include graphic images of renderings of spaces, and/or storyboard (sequential or chronological) vignettes. 

No entrant’s logo, mark, or identifying symbol shall be included on the submission. The only identification shall be the last four numbers of the entrant's registration number on the first page of each PDF. 

Any graphic technique, rendering techniques, etc. may be used. 

10. Entry Fee: 

There is a $50.00 USD entry fee per registration/submission for Stage One to be paid with credit card on the competition website. There is no fee for posts on the public forum. There is no entry fee for Stage Two. 

11. Submission of Proposals: 

The three designed learning spaces will be submitted to The deadline for Stage One submissions is October 1, 2019 by 10pm US Central Standard Time.  Once the submission period has closed, the organizer will create a document listing the number of entries received and their registration numbers. It is the responsibility of each participant or team to verify that their proposal registration number is included in that list once it is published on the competition website. Proposals received after the deadline will not be accepted under any circumstances. 

12. Procedure for Reaching a Verdict: 

On a date to be determined by the organizer, all jurors will meet for a session to decide the verdict/winners of the competition. 

13. Stage Two Submissions: 

•Two exterior renderings from different vantage points. 

•Two interior renderings from different vantage points (including a classroom). 

•Site plan. 

•All Floor plans. 

•Two Building sections (minimum). 

•Two building elevations (minimum). 

•Programmatic listing of spaces with square footages. 

•Material and systems outline specifications.

14. Building Budget: 

$250 per Square Foot of Areas Under Roof. Note: These requirements may change based on Stage One designs. 

15. Publication of results: 

Following each stage, the results of the competition will be announced on the competition website. 

16. Prizes: 

Three to five prizes (unranked) each totaling $1,000.00 USD will be awarded for Stage One. 

Honorable mentions (if selected) will not receive a monetary prize. 

Stage Two Participants will receive a $12,000.00 USD stipend and the eventual winner will be awarded the professional services contract based on the Louisiana State Architect’s Fee Curve.

17. Intellectual Property Rights: 

The authors retain the intellectual property right of their proposals. The authors will transfer to the Organizer only the rights of exploitation of their work for any and all purpose related to the Learning Lab project. The authors of those non-awarded proposals may stay anonymous if they request so in advance. 

18. Conditions of Participation: 

When registering for the competition, participants immediately formalize their unconditional acceptance of this competition program and rules as well as the final decision of the jury. Participation and registration in the competition constitute acceptance of the conditions outlined above. The organizer reserves the right to make any improvements or changes to the program and rules provided those rules serve the common good of the organizer and the participants. As participants agree to the final decisions of the jury, both the organizer/owner and the jury are exempt from any possible claim (civil or criminal) if the participant does not agree with their determinations.




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