Every year, the Steel Structures Education Foundation (SSEF) offers an Architectural Design Competition. The competition is opened to all full-time students registered in an accredited program of architecture in Canada and provides incentive to students to explore the detailed design of exposed steel structures. From structural design to detailing requirements, applying this knowledge into a realm of a supposed application is what SSEF hopes to challenge amongst the students.
Tim Verhey, Vice President of Engineering & Production at Walters, took part in the 13th Anniversary of this year’s competition as one of the members on the judging panel. As a judge, knowledge and expertise in steel fabrication was required and requested by SSEF, and he was thrilled to be a part of the selection and judging process. Other judges on the panel included Neb Erakovic of CH2M Hill Canada Limited, Holly Jordan of B+H Architects, and Gerry Lang of architectsAlliance.
The theme for the 2013-2014 competition was “span – portée”. Students were asked to explore this theme by expressing it in form, surfaces, members and connections, and structural and architectural design. Students were also asked to provide a solution where a clear incorporation of “span – portée” was the basis for structural form. Each project was submitted electronically and was placed on mounting boards for judging.
On October 3rd, 2014, the winner will be presented with the Award of Excellence at the SSEF Annual General Meeting in St. John’s, Newfoundland.