FAQS

Q: I don't see any mention of parking.  How many car and bus parking spaces are needed?

A: There is plenty of visitor parking on the large tarmac adjacent to the project site. Immediately adjacent to the visitors center there should be a limited number of staff parking (3 spots), a loading area (for 2 delivery trucks/vans/cars) and an appropriate number of ADA parking spots (2 standard handicap spaces and 1 handicap van space.)


Q: Will the lunch room have any food prepared, or is the space only for eating vending food and lunch bags?

A: There should be some food prep space. Enough to provide some support a for a catered event in the outside picnic area as well as light food prep by staff for their lunches.


Q: There is mention of (1) 200 gallon touch tank.  Large 300 gallon and small 75 gallon tanks.  How many large and small tanks?

A: 1 shallow touch tank (200 gallons)

2 tall display tanks ( 30 gallons each)

3 small display tanks (75 gallons each)

And 3-5 holding tanks (50 - 100 gallons) for the exhibit support area. Some flexibility will be needed in this area depending on exhibits.

Also of note, we already have a permit to draw in bay water for the research labs, so access to natural waters for the aquaria is close at hand.


Q: I have graduated in bachelors of architecture in May 2017 and currently I'm not practicing as architect since I don't have my licence,  what category should I register in?

A: If you graduated in 2017 you are eligible to register as a student.


Q: On page 3 of the PDF, it had listed some specifications for each of the two buildings, such as square footage requirements. I wanted to know if those were suggestions or if those were requirements. For example, for my particular design, it would benefit the users of the building to have two restrooms, but the specifications only accounted for one restrooms. Could I add in another set of restrooms for my project?

A: You can add another set of restrooms but please explain in the supplementary documentation narrative why you are doing so.


Q: The excerpt on page 6 of the PDF states, "The narrative should clearly outline and summarize the project’s context and goals. This text should be a high level summary. If you would like to include an extended project brief or explanations of assumptions and methodology, please include them in the supplementary documentation. This summary should not exceed 250 words." Does the 250 word limit apply to the extended project narrative?

A: No, the 250 word limit is just for the design board. 


Design Challenge

1. Q: I am working on the ZNE project in another location. Can I submit this project?

A: No, all entries must address the competition brief and be specific to the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies site.


2. Q: Is it okay to make a concept plan that stretches over the boundaries of the site?

A: Please limit the concept plans to the defined competition site.


Technical Information

1. Q: How much energy calculation do I need to do? Do I need an engineer to help me with the technical side of the competition?

A: While we encourage entrants to work with students or professionals in other disciplines, entrants are not required to have the help of engineers when designing their projects. We suggest that entrants challenge themselves to do as much calculation as possible but recognize that the level of comfort with energy modeling and performance documentation will vary greatly from entrant to entrant. The minimum requirements are described in the Competition Program document.


2. Q: How should the square footage be measured (i.e. square footage of conditioned space, programmed space, square footage of the site, etc)?

A: Please use conditioned floor area.


Eligibility and Submittals

1. Q: I want to enter the competition as part of a team. Is this allowed? How do I indicate this in my entry?

A: You are allowed and encouraged to enter as a team. Please indicate the names of your team members in the appropriate field on the Design Team Spreadsheet Form. The information on this form will be used to list all collaborators will be credited in the case of an award.


2. Q: As a faculty member at a university, I am planning to have student teams register in the student category. How should these faculty or academic consultants be recognized with the competition entry?

A: Faculty members or others in the academic community assisting student teams should be listed as consultants to the project, rather than as teammates.


3. Q. Are past winners eligible to apply?

A. Yes.


4. Q: I am no longer a full-time student, but graduated this year and am currently unemployed. Can I still enter?

A: Yes, as long as you have proof that you were a full-time student within or after the 2016 calendar year.


5. Q: I am taking time off from grad school to work at a startup - am I still eligible to participate in this contest?

A: Yes, the competition is open to everyone.


6. Q: Our lead designer for our team is a registered Architect in another state. Is there any requirement to have a California licensed architect?

A: No license is required.


7. Q: Is the graphic of the board layout an example or is it required to follow the exact layout shown, including title block?

A: You are required to follow the board layout graphic when formatting your submissions. This includes all text featured on the graphic example as well. However, if you would like to add an additional drawing or rendering to a specific section of the competition board (and it is specific in nature to the corresponding section), you may do so.


8. Q: How should I fill out the work information section on the registration page as an individual rather than as a company?

A: Simply fill in the required fields as if you are the company representative. This information is for registration purposes only.


9. Q: By registering for the competition will I receive additional information needed to complete the requirements of the competition?

A: No. All necessary information to complete the competition requirements can be found on the website. We will send out any updates and reminders about deadlines.


10. Q: I can’t find the instructions for submitting my files. How do I submit my entry?

A. All entrants will be required to create a username to log on to the registration and submission page. Full submission instructions are detailed there. If you lose your username please email:info@architectureatzero.com