8th Annual School of Architecture Steel Deck Competition-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, February 8, 2013

8th Annual School of Architecture Steel Deck Competition

Winners Announced

Congratulations to third-year Archi student's Tony Zhang, Kevyn McPhail, Christopher Chan, Harris Mazur, Jason Kim and Peter Salim who were selected as this year's winners of the 8th Annual School of Architecture Steel Deck Competition!

1st Place Winners: Kevyn McPhail / Tony Zhang

Project: Multi-Van

multivan board   multivan photo

2nd Place Tie: Christopher Chan / Harris Mazur

Project: Folding

folding board   folding photo

2nd Place Tie: Jason Kim / Peter Salim

Project: Lightbooth

kim salim board   kim salim photo

Competition Details

8th Annual School of Architecture Steel Deck Competition Sponsored by EPIC® Metals Corporation | 11 Talbot Avenue | Rankin, PA 15104 | 1.877.696.3742

Assigned: Wed, 16 January 2012 / Closed Jury: 1:30pm, Mon, 21 January 2013

Artist/ Vendor Booths for The Birmingham Bridge: Pittsburgh's New Place For People

The City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning (DCP) is working with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PENNDOT) to re-envision the Birmingham Bridge. In the school-wide sketch problem, your team generated the "big picture" idea of how to make this major highway bridge into a pedestrian friendly place. Now, we are moving on to the next phase - designing the actual places that will make this bridge a popular destination. In recent years, art festivals, farmer's markets, gallery crawls and other pedestrian events have become extremely popular in Pittsburgh. DCP and PENNDOT want to design booths to support such activities on the Birmingham Bridge. Working in teams of two, you are to design de-mountable booth(s) and their arrangements to support and enhance the interactions between vendors/ artists and the public considering exhibition, display, transaction, storage/ loading/ unloading activities. Your design must demonstrate the combinatorial possibilities of arranging these booths to make pedestrian places. All of the materials that comprise your booth modules must fit on a panel truck for delivery to and assembly on the site. Epic Metals has agreed to be the supplier of the bulk of the materials for the construction of these booths, so the jury will be considering the creative and expressive use of metal deck products in your design submission.


Wed, 16 Jan, 1:30pm, MM103 | EPIC Lecture
Wed, 16 Jan, 2:30pm, MM103 | Distribute Competition Brief/ Form Teams  
Wed, 16 Jan, 3:00pm, CFA200E | Teams Meet Their Individual Studio Instructors
Fri, 18 Jan, 10:30am, ArchPCServer | School-wide Sketch Problem Due
Fri, 18 Jan, 1:30pm, MM103 | 48.305 Lecture 01 (SL) Fri, 18 Jan, 3:00pm, CFA200E | Students Meet Their Individual Studio Instructors
Mon, 21 Jan, 12:00-12:30pm, MM303 | Epic Boards Due, Teams Pin-up Competition Entries
Mon, 21 Jan, 1:30-3:00pm, MM103 | Closed Competition Jury
Mon, 4 Feb, 6:00pm, CMOA Theatre | Prize Winners Announced at the SoArch Lecture

Submission Requirements

One 24" x 36" Competition Board with:

  • Overall Site Plan from E.Carson Street to Fifth Avenue 
  • Combinatorial Plans demonstrating the multiple configurations of your booth module(s) at 1/8" = 1'-0" (1:96) 
  • Plan/ Section/ Elevation drawings of the module(s) at 1/2" = 1'-0" (1:24) 
  • Critical Details at 1-1/2" = 1'-0" (1:8) 
  • Interior and Exterior Axonometric or Perspective Views 
  • Many of these drawings may be incorporated into a combined axonometric view 

One Physical Model

  • 1/2" = 1'-0" (1:24) 

The submissions will be judged anonymously, so please be sure that the names of the team members are not visible to the jury during the judging.


Chip Desmone (Arch '87), Principal, Desmone & Associates Architects, Lawrenceville
Stephen M. Potts, PE, Vice President of Engineering, EPIC Metals Corporation 
The 48.305 Advanced Construction Studio Faculty


A total of $2400 will be awarded to the winning teams - $1000 for First Place, $800 for Second Place, $600 for Third Place.

EPIC Metals Corporation is sponsoring a reception at the SoArch Lecture on Mon, 4 Feb 2013 at which time, the winners will be announced. The top five teams will be notified prior to the event and will be required to be in attendance to be publicly recognized.