Oregon CLT Design Contest

Contest Overview

The State of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest have a significant opportunity to help accelerate market adoption of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), an emerging building material that has transformed mass timber construction in Europe. Oregon BEST and a newly established collaboration between Oregon State University and University of Oregon called the “Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design” are working to support expansion of Oregon’s manufacturing capacity to produce CLT and other innovative, high value engineered wood building products.  Ensuring that the design and construction industry is supported in utilizing these emerging materials in their projects is an important part of this effort.

It is with this intention that we are collaborating to sponsor a competition seeking a keystone project that will generate transferable information and tools that eliminate market barriers for the use of CLT in future building design projects.

Center for Advanced Wood Products Mfg & Design

Oregon State University and the University of Oregon have joined forces to launch the National Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design.  Housed at OSU College of Forestry, the Center brings together a one-of-a-kind collaboration between leading architecture, wood science, and engineering programs to focus on the development of innovative wood products and building components capable of being produced in Oregon.  The applied research center will actively partner with Oregon building design professionals and wood products manufacturers to drive innovation and testing for engineered wood materials, allowing Oregon to compete in emerging domestic and global markets

About Oregon BEST

Oregon BEST nurtures clean technology innovation by transforming new ideas, research, and products into green collar jobs, greater sustainability, and economic prosperity for Oregon. We were founded in 2007 as the Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center, Inc (Oregon BEST) – an independent nonprofit. We provide leadership and leverage our expertise, resources, and relationships to achieve impact beyond our scale.

The research, projects, and startups we support power a cycle of:

  • Job creation
  • Cleantech industry growth
  • Increased private investment 
  • Stronger university research
  • Opportunities for Oregon students
  • Workforce development
  • Increased state revenue

What

A design competition that aims to support  an innovative, viable building project that will serve as a true demonstration for the aesthetically beautiful and structurally-sound use of cross laminated timber. The selected project(s) will be awarded a cash prize to help offset design and/or project costs associated with material performance modeling and/or testing, code compliance documentation and preparation of that documentation for use by other teams, and post-occupancy monitoring of material performance in the built project.

Who's Eligible?

Project teams with viable, innovative public or private building projects being designed for construction on a site within the State of Oregon.

Prizes

Selected project(s)* may be awarded up to $100,000 to support innovative use of CLT materials as a structural and aesthetic component of design. Up to $100,000 in additional funds may also be awarded to selected project(s) to support product testing and code compliance testing conducted by the university faculty and students at the Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design in collaboration with project sponsors. 

* We reserve the right to split the award between two projects if two submissions are of equal value towards achieving the intended outcomes.

How it Works

  1. Electronic registration for entrants will be available from October 1, 2015 through December 1, 2015. Each Registration must be accompanied by full entry fees, which are as follows:
    1. $100 per Submission for professional firms
    2. $50 from individuals (or teams of no more than two people) submitting outside of a firm
  2. Once electronic registration is complete, Entrants will be screened for eligibility. Eligible Entrants will have access to the competition portal for uploading Submissions through March 25, 2016, 2:00 pm Pacific Time.
  3. Oregon BEST will provide detailed submission instructions to all eligible Entrants regarding Submissions.

Key Dates

October 1, 2015  |  Online registration opens
December 1, 2015  |  Online registration closes
December 11, 2015  |  Eligible entrants confirmed
March 25, 2016  |  Submissions due
April 25, 2016  |  Winner notified
Winner announcement to follow on date to be determined 

Judging Criteria

Official Rules with full terms, conditions, and details regarding the submission process and award criteria should be reviewed.

Review Official Rules

Projects submissions will be measured against the following criteria (out of 100 points):

30 points 

Innovative structural and aesthetic uses of Cross Laminated Timber products in the building project

25 points 

The building project’s connection to wood product manufacturing enterprises in timber-dependent rural communities in Oregon (both CLT and other engineered wood products) 

15 points 

Demonstration value of the project to design and building professionals as well as the public at-large.

15 points 

Building project’s contribution to publicly available information on building component performance relevant to Oregon building code provisions

10 points 

Demonstrated speed to completion of the building project and qualification of the project team

5 points

Visibility of the CLT once the building is complete

Contest Judges

Judith Sheine, Professor and Department Head, Department of Architecture, UO

Thomas Maness, Dean of OSU College of Forestry

Andre Barbosa, Assistant Professor, OSU College of Engineering

Terry Whitehill, President of the Oregon Building Officials Association

David Kenney, Oregon BEST

Johanna Brickman, Oregon BEST

Vince Porter, State of Oregon

Outcomes Sought by the Contest

  1. Demonstration of the potential for Oregon to play a leading role in the production and utilization of Cross Laminated Timber through a significant and visible incorporation that tests the material’s performance characteristics.
  2. Modeling and in-situ performance evaluations that can inform future project teams as a result of an exemplary and repeatable approach to the design of CLT connections.
  3. A visible and accessible project that serves as an educational and inspirational destination for people interested in learning more about CLT.

Questions

Contact the competition manager at info@oregonbest.org

Official Rules

See Official Rules

PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE THE ODDS OF WINNING.  Open to all individuals 18 years and older, or the age of majority under applicable law, who are not residents of Cuba, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria. Void where prohibited. The winner will receive $100,000. Sponsor and Administrator reserve the right to split the award between two projects if two submissions are of equal value towards achieving the intended outcomes, such that the two winners would receive $50,000 each. Up to $100,000 in additional funds may also be awarded to selected project(s) to support product testing and code compliance testing conducted by the university faculty and students at the Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design in collaboration with project sponsors. To enter, take the following steps: (1) between 12:01 a.m. (all times Pacific Time) on 10/01/2015 and 11:59 p.m. on 12/1/2015, register at http://oregonbest.org/what-we-offer/expertise/competitions/clt-design-contest/; (2) develop an original-design building project that complies with all relevant restrictions in the Official Rules; (3) between 12:01 a.m. on 12/1/2015 and 11:59 p.m. on 3/25/2016, if confirmed by Oregon BEST as an eligible entrant, upload your submission at http://oregonbest.org/what-we-offer/expertise/competitions/clt-design-contest/.  One winner will be selected by a panel of judges based upon the following criteria: innovative structural and aesthetic uses of Cross Laminated Timber products in the building project; the building project’s connection to wood product manufacturing enterprises in timber-dependent rural communities in Oregon (both CLT and other engineered wood products); demonstration value of the project to design and building professionals as well as the public at-large; building project’s contribution to publically available information on building component performance relevant to Oregon building code provisions; demonstrated speed to completion of the building project and qualification of the project team; visibility of the CLT once the building is complete, and notified by phone or e-mail by 4/25/2016. Odds of winning depend on the number and quality of eligible entries received. Contest subject to Official Rules. For more details, restrictions, and Official Rules, visit http://oregonbest.org/what-we-offer/expertise/competitions/clt-design-contest/. Sponsors: Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center, Inc., P.O. Box 212, Portland, OR, 97207; and the OSU/UO Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing & Design, c/o Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management, College of Forestry, Oregon State University, 280 Peavy Hall, Corvallis, OR, 97331. Administrator: Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center, Inc., P.O. Box 212, Portland, OR, 97207.