2014 Schedule


Prototype shelters should be designed and constructed prior to the competition. The competition will consist of the following phases:
1. Pre-Competition Phase: Teams prepare a report to include design specifications of their prototype and explanation of how it meets the design parameters. This should be submitted to the judges via the Competition Web site no later than March 28, 2014. Report should include the following:

  • Review of Existing Emergency Shelter Designs
  • Explanation of Method of Design of the Team Prototype
  • Validation that the Prototype meets design criteria (size, cost, etc)
  • How the shelter is culturally appropriate to the given scenario
  • Suggested possible modifications or improvements to the prototype
  • Draft Business Case Analysis for  Review by Judges

2. On Site Phase:
    - Display shelters in compact, unconstructed form, along with required tools and instructions for assembly
    - 30-45 minute presentation to a panel of judges explaining how the shelter meets the design parameters.
    - Earthquake Test on Shake Table to test earthquake resistance
    - Heat Retention Test to evaluate ability to hold heat
    - Wind Test to test ability to withstand heavy wind/rain
    - Timed assembly of the shelter
    - Habitability test to assess comfort and function

Specific dates for various key events are as follows:

Friday, Nov. 15         Letter of Intent/Application for competition due to JBU (will be reviewed by competition judges)
Friday, Nov. 29
  Notification to top 10 teams of acceptance for the competition
Friday, January 31       Registration deadline for applicants accepted for competition
Friday, March 28
  Project Report and Draft BCA due to competition judges via competition website
Thursday, April 24

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

  Coordination meeting with judges and JBU Reps (BTC CM Conf Rm)
Competition check-in and delivery of structures to testing area (JBU CM High Bay)
All participant meeting to discuss procedures and schedule
Begin Earthquake and Heat Retention Testing
Team Presentations
Dinner with Judges (JBU Great Hall)
Disaster Response and Service Opportunity Seminar Session 1 (JBU Great Hall)
Friday, April 25    

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

9 PM – 7 AM Sat.      

Earthquake and Heat Retention Testing
Team Presentations
Break for Lunch
Timed set up by all teams (Lawn by BPAC)
Disaster Response and Service Opportunity Seminar Session 2    
All Participant Cook Out
Individual Team Feedback by Judges

Shelters occupied by student judges for Habitability Assessment
Saturday, April 26    

7:30 AM – 10:00 AM 
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM   


Water and wind load assessment (using Architectural Testing Inc. wind machine)
Judges complete final evaluations and scoring of prototype shelters
Lunch, awards, closing remarks by WV and JBU (TBD)

To download the competition schedule, click here