About the Competition
The CIRT Design & Construction Competition 2017 theme celebrates the innovations and contributions the design and construction community makes to the quality of American life, while understanding the issues and challenges the industry faces to deliver on this legacy.
The CIRT competition is maintained, coordinated, and judged by the Construction Industry Round Table Teams of three or more students will collaboratively complete a Design Challenge and submit a final presentation board(s) digitally for jury review. All teams must be affiliated with the ACE Mentor Program, and identify their mentor on their competition application. The competition will begin in January 2017, and will conclude at the CIRT Spring Conference in Washington D.C.
NEW! The 2017 program marks the beginning of a new collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) to provide an online digital platform, DiscoverDesign.org, to conduct the competition.
Join the Competition
STEP 1: Establish your team and choose your project challenge.
STEP 2: Begin working as a team as in the past (i.e., face-to-face, in-school program, afterschool, etc with your mentors).
OPTIONAL: This year students can work collaboratively online using DiscoverDesign. Find out more on the FAQs page
STEP 3: Work collaboratively on your project challenge using either or both of the above options (face-to-face or online). The deadline for submitting final project is March 4, 2017. Be sure to review the Jury Criteria on the FAQs page
STEP 4: Submit the Team Project. Once your project challenge is finalized and ready to be submitted on or before March 4, 2017, you will do two steps:
1) Register your team under the Submit Your Project button from the main using your team email account. The precise ACE Mentor Affiliate’s name and contact information will be required as will each of the Mentors and Students names and emails on the registration form.
2) You will then be asked to upload the team’s final presentation board(s). A minimum of 1 – 2 images must be uploaded: pictures up to 10MB each; or PDFs up to 20MB each.
PLEASE NOTE: Once you hit “SUBMIT” you will NOT be allowed to make any changes to your project application. All submissions are final.
ALL TEAMS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE STEP 4 BY MARCH 4, 2017 TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2017 COMPETITION.
CIRT will notify finalists on March 21, 2017. The finalists can select a representative for their team to present their project in D.C. CIRT will provide up to $1,000 per team for the travel expenses for the finalists attending the CIRT Spring Conference. Team representatives will present their board(s) to the CIRT Panel of Judges on April 24, 2017, and the winners will be selected and announced at that time. CIRT will present the top three national finalists with prizes.
Choose a Design Challenge
Each team will choose one of the following design challenges to work on together. One final project will be submitted per team (up to two boards). For ACE Mentor Affiliates who have more than one team -- we encourage you to work with teams that have selected different challenges.
Presidential Library/Museum Challenge
Upgrade a Structure Challenge
Open Spaces Design Challenge
Submitting your project
The digital files of participants' boards will be used to determine the finalists who will be invited to present their projects in D.C. Please ensure your design materials are clear, concise, complete, and include sufficient and compelling information to stand independently of the written responses.
The competition registration and final digital board(s) must be submitted online by March 4, 2017. Please be aware of these important dates:
March 4, 2017: All entries must submit your project online
March 31, 2017: Deadline for team representative(s) from each group to make their hotel reservation for Washington, DC.
April 7, 2017: Mentors and students confirmed their hotel reservations in DC (finalists will be notified with hotel information).
April 24, 2017: Finalists present to the CIRT Panel of Judges (Exact information on date, time, and place will be provided to finalists).
Want to learn more about ACE Mentor Program?
At this time, the CIRT National Competition is only open to students who have partnered with an ACE Mentor chapter. If you are interested in learning more about the ACE Mentor Program, or finding a local chapter, please visit their website.