Student Architecture & Design

Senior Housing News (SHN) is seeking undergraduate and graduate students to participate in a senior housing architecture and design challenge. This contest gives students an opportunity to create industry-specific work and gain feedback from industry professionals. The senior housing sector faces incredible challenges around housing and caring for elderly individuals worldwide. This program will expose students to the design criteria and thought processes needed in developing housing solutions for this growing population.

 

The intent of the competition is to provide a practical design challenge for use in an architecture design studio or course. Any class or school participating shall be responsible for students’ participation and decisions relating to participation in the competition.

 

For more details email us at [email protected]

 

The competition seeks entries for the Architecture and Interior Design. Find competition briefs and useful files below:

 

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COMPETITION DETAILS

Business Case & Overview

Students shall work to create a submission for a client, ABC Personal Care, that is a design for a 19-unit assisted living community that incorporates a common area (“Town Center”).  This community, situated in Scarborough, Maine, will cater to a broad segment of the elderly population that provides flexibility for older adults with low to moderate levels of cognitive impairment and their families are looking for options that provide quality care in a stigma-free, residential environment.

 

Submissions for the competition should be responsive to the client’s philosophy of care, which is centered on the delicate balance between offering independence to residents, while still providing an environment secure enough to facilitate excellent care. Students should take into consideration that residents should be allowed to come and go as they please and allow residents with wandering tendencies to be safe and monitored.

 

ABC Personal Care is sited on a quiet residential street in a suburban neighborhood, a high-moderate income area with a walkable ‘main street’ located on the same block as the project site. Drawing from the surrounding neighborhood and beyond, the facility should allow older adults to maintain connections to the community and live in an environment that is at the same scale and context of the existing residential street. This approach to siting senior housing further reinforces the normal, home-like setting created by the interior environments which allows residents to maintain dignity and independence as they transition into a new chapter of their lives.

 

Entrants do not need to submit both and can choose from either category. Project files and specifications such as shell floor plans, details on services and activities proposed and topographical information can be downloaded below.

 

 

 

Rules

All submissions must be completed by an individual student, group, and/or class with a faculty sponsor.  If working in a team setting, no more than 5 students should be part of each team. Projects are meant to be incorporated into the curriculum for the school year and should principally be part of a specific program, design studio or related class.

 

Judging will be comprise 4 industry professionals. For other rules of the competition, click here (NEW PAGE).

 

Submissions can include but are not limited to:

  • 2-D and 3-D renderings that show the character of the project (Minimum of 2, Maximum of 8)
  • Site Plan with buildings and natural elements with scale elements
  • Building and site sections that illustrate program elements
  • Floor plans to exhibit spatial arrangement and program elements
  • Elevations with specific reference to other material
  • All submission material must be submitted as PDF or JPEG files
  • See individual brief for specific category detail

 

Entry Costs & Requirements

Cost to enter is free. Incomplete or partial submissions shall not be judged nor considered and submissions will be immediately notified if they do not meet judgable criteria. A complete submission will need to adhere to project deliverables outlined in the individual design specifications.

 

Award Categories

A winner and runner up will be selected for the two student categories. Each submission will receive written feedback from the judges and requests can be made of the judges for a conference call and/or possible visit for the class submitting the project. The winner and runner up will receive a plaque for their submission and posted to the SHN Awards website and included in SHN’s press release and news coverage. The winning submission for each category (Architecture and Interior) will win a $500 gift card from Amazon that can be split up between team members.

 

Timeline

  • June 2018: Announcement of 2018 and share program with professors – call for programs
  • Summer 2018: 2018 Promotional Activities
  • June 11th: Open registration begins
  • September 11th: Question + Answer period begins
  • October 15th: Q+A period closes
  • November 2nd: All submissions are due
  • November: Judges meet to select semi-finalists and honorable mentions
  • Early December: Announcement of winner on press release, social media, SHN

All materials should be submitted at www.shnawards.com/enter

Questions? Contact us:

PHONE:   312-268-2420

EMAIL:     [email protected]

 

 

STUDENT COMPETITION

Architecture Design Brief

Students shall work to create a submission for ABC Personal Care, a client that would like to develop a community that will provide 19 units of assisted living and incorporate a common area (“Town Center”). This community, situated in Scarborough, Maine, will cater to the aging community and shall provide flexibility for older adults with/without moderate levels of cognitive impairment and their families. One of the key goals is to provide future residents with options that enable quality care in a stigma-free, residential environment.

 

Submissions for the competition shall incorporate ABC Personal Care’s philosophy and standard of care, which is centered on the delicate balance between offering independence/quality of life to their community members, while still providing an environment secure enough to facilitate excellent care.

 

Students can choose to rename the client and choose a building name. Students have the option of choosing a different site location but will need to justify their choice of site.

 

Successful Architectural Design will:

  1. Allow residents to maintain connections to the community and live in an environment that is at the same scale and massing of its immediate context.
  2. Follow a cohesive parti/scheme and shall establish a congruent and harmonious relationship (aesthetic and spatial) that reinforces the sense of community and home-like setting. This is critical to allow residents to maintain dignity and independence as they transition into a new chapter of their lives.
  3. Be inviting and welcoming for residents, care providers and visitors.
  4. Massing and architecture shall be designed to account for adequate temperature, lighting and acoustics, as well as appropriate materials, scale and visual interest, and shall incorporate appropriate materials, patterns and architectural language that are based on a residential origin, site/region, and shall provide adequate access to exterior/interior spaces, daylight, views.
  5. Materials (exterior/Interior) shall be of good quality, of appropriate color, and scale, with durable, easy to maintain finishes and shall adhere to best sustainability practices in terms of sourcing/future disposal
  6. It is important that the design allow for Residents to come and go as they choose; and allow those with wandering tendencies to be safe and monitored. It is also important that the design also provide for adequate
  7. Provide adequate access to/from the site for residents, visitors and service providers. This includes walks, ramps, stairs, public transportation/private vehicles, parking, etc.
  8. Support areas (mechanical, electrical, trash, recycling, loading/unloading) shall be screened with elements that are of the same material and language/proportions as the proposed main building mass.
  9. Zoning requirements/set-backs and height limitations shall be observed.
  10. Solutions that provide passive environmental control are encouraged, as these approaches result in lower operating costs, increased building performance and lessen their impact on our environment.
  11. Provide access to exterior areas for resident activities. These areas shall provide natural/man made shading, paths/walkways, seating and visual interest elements that may provide activities for residents (mail boxes, planting gardens, etc.), as well as adequately design enclosures that provide privacy and safety for residents.
  12. Service/Back of house/support spaces shall be located in such a manner as to be screened from residents/visitors and shall provide the minimum possible interruption to resident activity/life
  13. Plan layout shall take care to avoid abrupt changes in level or create unnecessary impediments for free resident access/circulation
  14. Circulation corridors shall be no less than 6’-0” wide, with main/public area corridors being wider (max. 10’)
  15. Locate main mechanical/electrical/laundry and support spaces away from resident wings and common areas. These spaces shall be appropriately insulated from an acoustical/vibration standpoint (mounted on pads, facing exterior walls).
  16. Connectivity is important to enhance residents and staff’s quality of life – circulation patterns should be clear and easy to follow.

 

SPACE PROGRAM AND REQUIREMENTS:

Resident Wing Spaces

Standard Units – [email protected] 640 sf. Ea. – 1,280 sf.
Accessible Units – [email protected] 363 sf. Ea. – 6,171 sf.
Family Meeting Room [email protected] 200 sf. Ea. – 400 sf.
Public Restroom [email protected] 50 sf. Ea. – 100 sf.
Janitor [email protected] 50 sf. Ea. – 100 sf.
Housekeeping – 80 sf.
Medication Room – [email protected] 48 sf. Ea. – 96 sf.
Clean linen – [email protected] 48 sf. Ea. – 96 sf.
Soiled Linen – [email protected] 48 sf. Ea. – 96 sf.
Soiled Utility Room – [email protected] 48 sf. Ea. – 96 sf.
Equipment Storage – [email protected] 120 sf. ea. – 240 sf.
Cart/Wheelchair Storage – [email protected] 80 sf. ea. – 160 sf.
Mechanical Room – [email protected] 90 sf. ea. – 180 sf.
Electrical Room – [email protected] 90 sf. ea. – 180 sf.
IT Closet – [email protected] 90 sf. ea. – 180 sf.
TOTAL SF – 9,355 SF.

 

Site Details

Students shall work to create a submission for a client, ABC Personal Care, that is a design for a 19-unit assisted living community that incorporates a common area (“Town Center”). This community, situated in Scarborough, Maine, will cater to a broad segment of the elderly population that provides flexibility for older adults with low to moderate levels of cognitive impairment and their families are looking for options that provide quality care in a stigma-free, residential environment.
Submissions for the competition should be responsive to the client’s philosophy of care, which is centered on the delicate balance between offering independence to residents, while still providing an environment secure enough to facilitate excellent care. Students should take into consideration that residents should be allowed to come and go as they please and allow residents with wandering tendencies to be safe and monitored.

Additional Details

  • Zoning Classification is R-3
  • The maximum allowable Gross square footage on the site is 56,428 sf
  • Maximum lot coverage limit is 25%
  • Allowable FAR is 0.5

 

Project Deliverables

  1. Written Essay between 500 and 1000 words that addresses the overall concept and design approach.
  2. 1/16” scale Site Plan identifying adjacencies, building setback lines, pedestrian/vehicular/service access to /from building, exterior spaces, pathways, plantings, parking. Site plan shall include the following information:
    • Overall site area (acres)
    • Overall Gross Square Feet
    • Type and total number of units (19)
    • Total parking count
  3. 1/8” scale floor plan clearly identifying room names, square feet, north arrow
  4. 1/8” scale Reflected Ceiling Plan
  5. 1/8” Scale Overall Elevations. One for each Main Façade
  6. ¼” resident unit plans identifying furniture layouts, accessibility, fenestration, bathroom layout and overall unit Net SF
  7. ¼” Scale enlarged elevations of areas the submission would like to highlight.
  8. 1/8” Scale Overall Building Sections indicating floor to floor heights and clearly identifying major features of the building massing/design
  9. ½” Scale custom details of major architectural features to be chosen by student. These should focus on fenestration/penetrations and any major roof features.
  10. Minimum 2 exterior 3D renderings that provide clarity as to how the proposed building relates to its context/surroundings/scale
  11. (1) Mood Board to convey building image, style, language and story to include:
    • Concept Imagery
    • Materials and Finishes
  12. Written detail for how the design integrates program services and activities.

 

 

STUDENT COMPETITION

Interior Design Brief

Students shall work to create a submission for ABC Personal Care, a client that would like to develop a community that will provide 19 units of assisted living and incorporate a common area (“Town Center”). This community, situated in the coastal town of Scarborough, Maine, will cater to the aging community and shall provide flexibility for older adults with/without moderate levels of cognitive impairment and their families. One of the key goals is to provide future residents with options that enable quality care in a stigma-free, residential environment.

Submissions for the competition shall incorporate ABC Personal Care’s philosophy and standard of care, which is centered on the delicate balance between offering independence/quality of life to their community members, while still providing an environment secure enough to facilitate excellent care.

Students can choose to rename the client and choose a building name.

Successful Interior Design will:

  1. Demonstrate compatibility between exterior and interior spaces-show conceptual inspiration and context through imagery.
  2. Show flexibility of spaces, i.e. mixed use/ability to “plug in”.
  3. Be inviting for family members and children alike.
  4. Be hospitality driven but still maintain a homelike scale and atmosphere.
  5. Be visually connected to outdoor spaces to maintain optimal views and reduce energy demand.
  6. Consider furnishings and upholsteries appropriate for the older population in terms of proper seat dimensions, cleanability and durability.
  7. Consider appropriate finishes in terms of safety, durability, ease of cleaning and life cycle cost.
  8. Consider acoustics, light control and quality as well as natural ventilation.
  9. Be aesthetically pleasing and utilize interior design principals: Balance, Rhythmn, Harmony, Emphasis and Proportion.
  10. Incorporate colors, textures and patterns appropriate for the aging eye as well as consideration for medication side effects, confusion, etc.
  11. Incorporate inviting staff space to encourage staff comfort and retention.
  12. Include a signage/branding component, ie. naming of café and salon, etc. as well as a wayfinding strategy.

 

SPACE PROGRAM AND REQUIREMENTS:

“Town Center”

Students can choose to rename this group of common spaces
*Square footages are meant to be a guide and may be adjusted as needed.

Front Of House

  1. Entry Vestibule – 80 sf
  2. Reception/Concierge – 175sf
  3. Mail Area – 100 sf

Administration

  1. Copy/Work room – 50 sf
  2. Staff Lounge – 225
  3. Marketing Office/Closing Room – 145
  4. Admin Office – 100 sf
  5. Toilet Room – 80 sf

Community Spaces

  1. Copy/Work room – 50 sf
  2. Staff Lounge – 225
  3. Marketing Office/Closing Room – 145
  4. Admin Office – 100 sf
  5. Toilet Room – 80 sf

Project Deliverables

  1. Written Essay between 500 and 1000 words that addresses the overall concept and logic surrounding the design.
  2. 1/8” scale Floor plan with Furniture layouts
  3. 1/8” scale Finish Plan
  4. 1/8” scale Reflected Ceiling Plan
  5. ¼” scale Elevations. One for each key space.
  6. ½” or 1” scale Sections of custom details. Provide at least 3.
  7. (2) interior 3D renderings
  8. (1) Mood Board to convey building image, style, language and story to include:
    • Concept Imagery
    • Materials and Finishes
    • Key Furniture and Fabrics
    • Key Lighting
  9. Written detail for each space on how the design integrates program services and activities.

 

 

 

Project Files and Specifications

SUPPORT FILES

SHN Student Competition – 11×17 PDF – Floor Layout

SHN Student Competition – Site Plan – PDF File

SHN Competition – Architecture Design Site Plan – DWG File

SHN Competition – Interior Design – DWG File

 

Ready to enter?

 

Questions? Contact us:

PHONE: 312-268-2420

EMAIL: [email protected]