FAQ's

Contest Overview

1. What is the Generation Kingspan (Gen K) competition?

Following on the success of the Generation Kingspan 2012 and 2013 Architectural Design Competition, Kingspan is holding a 2014 design competition for architecture students. This year the focus will be on how KarrierPanel Barrier Wall Systems and KingZip Roofing Panels utilizing insulated metal panels (IMPs) can be integrated into the design of an urban mixed-use building. Unlike most competitions, the GenK competition participants benefit from both a popular social vote as well as a review by a juried panel of professionals. Entries that meet all requirements must be uploaded to www.generationkingspan.com and entries can be modified until the submission deadline.

2. What are the goals of this contest?

Generation Kingspan 2014 offers architectural students the opportunity to gain industry recognition and peer feedback while using KarrierPanel Barrier Wall Systems and KingZip Roofing Panels to design a multi-use complex with commercial, residential, and community/recreation space for a Calgary, Alberta, Canada project site. Students are challenged to propose high performance building envelope solutions that rely on the performance characteristics of a variety of insulated metal panel types.

Green building and sustainable design are a big part of Kingspan's vision and commitment. It's Kingspan's hope that the student contestants of today will be long-term contributors to the Path to Net Zero in the future.

3. How are winners selected?

Juried Winners

A jury of industry leaders will evaluate all the submissions and choose three juried winners based on:

  • Appropriate and creative use of KarrierPanel Barrier Wall Systems and KingZip Roofing Panels utilizing IMPs as a major part of a high performance building envelope.
  • Integration of KarrierPanel Barrier Wall Systems and KingZip Roofing Panels within the overall design of the mixed-use building.
  • Responsiveness to typical architectural considerations such as site, context, function, circulation, structure, building services, construction, and climatic and environmental issues.
  • Effectiveness of the submitted design drawings and design essay.

Social Winners

The top two social winners are determined based upon online voting. Voting is in totaled from two parts. First, social votes on www.GenerationKingspan.com from badges earned in the areas of:

  • Creativity/Innovation
  • Proper Use of Panel
  • Function

Second, influence from project clusters on www.KineticByKingspan.com. To add influence from KINetic clusters to overall social votes, a KINetic cluster for the submitted GenK project must be created.

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4. When can I start participating in the contest?

Entries go 'live' once uploaded to the GenK site and can be edited until the submission deadline, December 4, 2014.

5. What are the eligibility requirements for the contest?

To enter, students must be currently enrolled in a NAAB (National Architectural Accrediting Board) or CACB (Canadian Architectural Certification Board) accredited architectural program offering a B. Arch. or M. Arch. from an institution of higher education. A faculty sponsor can be listed on this registration form; however it is not a requirement.

Employees and family members of Kingspan are not eligible to participate in the contest or social voting. Previous winners in the Generation Kingspan competition are not eligible to enter the competition. Entrants are prohibited from obtaining votes by ‘Gain Vote’ sites, vote farming, email address fabricating, appeals for votes to win a contest, any voting gained by soliciting on behalf of a charity or other social cause or artificially inflating votes shall result in disqualification of submission.

6. Is Generation Kingspan just for students?

While entering the contest is limited to students, we encourage all architecture design professionals to join, view the designs and make constructive commentary on both student entries as well as the Gen K blog. Members of the architect community - whether professional or academic - are actively encouraged to submit ideas for blog posts on the Gen K core subjects (design vision, sustainability, energy efficiency, use of insulated metal panels).

7. What are the prizes?

The top two winners of the popular social vote and top three winners of the separate juried vote will receive cash prizes and publicity in prominent industry publications.

8. Why is the architectural design competition combined with an online community?

We want all entrants in the Gen K contest to benefit, and in a sense, make every entrant a winner at some level. Competition entrants are encouraged to interact, ask questions and solicit input from their peers, educators and other architecture professionals that belong to the Gen K online community.

9. Can I get an overview of the contest mechanics?

  1. Students register for the contest online at www.GenerationKingspan.com and submit their work for assessment according to submission guidelines.
  2. Any registered member of the GenK online community, whether they are students, architectural professionals or the general public, can view evaluate and vote on the entries submitted.
  3. GenK registered members, including entrants, can vote for any design by assigning it a badge for Creativity/Innovation, Proper Use of Panel, and Function.
  4. The Top Two Popular Social Winners will be the two design submissions that earn the most social votes and KINetic influence during the social voting period, with all votes considered as abiding within the contest rules. Social voting period is from December 5, 2014 to December 19, 2014.
  5. A Grand prize, 2nd and 3rd place winner is selected by the juried panel as well.
  6. A list of winning projects will be posted on the GenK website; winners and their faculty sponsors will be notified directly.

Contest Rules

1. How do I enter? What do I need to submit?

The following items are required with each submission. Entries must be uploaded to www.generationkingspan.com and entries can be modified until the submission deadline.

Design Drawings:

  • Detailed renderings of the building
  • Floor plans
  • Large scale drawings
  • 3-Dimensional modeling illustrating the scope of the project

Design Essay:

  • Entries must include a 1,000 word maximum description of the design, the components, why it is energy-efficient, and why it is a sustainable design. This essay has three parts: include details about the building's impact on the environment, discuss how Insulated Metal Panels compare to past generations of wall and roof systems, and provide a life-cycle assessment.

2. How do I get started?

One easy way to get inspired is to take a look at some of the buildings and concepts in the online Kingspan Project Gallery, which gives you some great examples of the use of KarrierPanel Barrier Wall Systems and KingZip Roofing Panels. Kingspan's online Commercial & Industrial (C&I) Brochure also provides an introduction to insulated metal panels (IMPs). You'll need to understand the Contest Rules thoroughly. We've also provided you with links to Kingspan tools and other industry sources for understanding the project requirements.

3. I'm a student and can't enter the competition due to my course load. How else can I participate?

Even if you cannot submit, we encourage you to join, review and vote for entries, assigning Creativity/Innovation, Proper Use of Panel, and Function badges to designs you believe have significant merit. You'll gain insights from the project entries and perhaps even a bit of inspiration to enter GenK 2015.

4. How are individual contest entries judged?

The GenK contest supports five winners: The two winners of the popular social vote from the GenK online community and, separately, the top three winners of the technical review by the panel of judges. The winners of the GenK social vote will be those entrants who submit, follow the competition requirements, and receive the highest total number of votes online. The winners of the juried panel vote will be the joint determination of the expert panel's view of that submission which best represents:

  • An appropriate and creative use of KarrierPanel Barrier Wall Systems and KingZip Roofing Panels utilizing IMPs as a major part of a high performance building envelope.
  • The integration of KarrierPanel Barrier Wall Systems and KingZip Roofing Panels utilizing IMPs within the overall design of the multi-use building.
  • The responsiveness to typical architectural considerations such as site, context, function, circulation, structure, building services, construction, and climatic and environmental issues.
  • The effectiveness of the submitted design drawings and design essay.

5. In determining the winners, what happens if the winner of the online community vote and judged are same entrant?


Judged winners will not be eligible to win the online voting portion of the contest. In the event judged winners receive top voting in the online vote, the two contest participants with the next highest number of votes will be selected as winners of the online (social) competition.

6. Are judges allowed to vote in the online contest?

In order not to bias the online voting, judges will neither vote or comment on particular entries.

7. Am I allowed to promote my entry?

Absolutely! We highly encourage you to promote your submitted entry to get votes from family, friends and especially the architectural community at large. You can do this by sharing a link to your Profile Page in email, as well as on microblogging networks like Twitter and via Facebook. NOTICE! In order to keep a fair playing ground within the Gen K environment, promoting your entry via comments in the comment areas of other entrant's main page is not allowed.

8. Can I submit an entry as part of a team?

One concept / entry is permitted per contestant. Group designs are not accepted.

9. Can I get help from the Gen K community and still take credit for my submission?

Yes! We want you to get to know the Gen K community members. While their help may be necessary, we also want you to understand how architectural requirements work.

10. I started working on a design submission and I've realized that I don't know enough about LEED, ASHRAE, the District of Columbia code, IBC and/or LCA to complete the submission. What should I do?

Your entry can be modified all the way up until the submission deadline of December 4, 2014, 11:59 p.m. (EST). Your designs will be saved in your account throughout the competition period. You can study the materials in the Resources section. Don't get discouraged - there are people here to help. To be certain your design has been submitted, make sure the project is displayed as an Entry.

11. What square footage should I assume in my building design?

The building program includes 600,000 square feet with 1/3 for commercial space, 1/3 for residential space, and 1/3 for community/recreation space.

12. Are there any site selection requirements we should consider in our design?

The project should be developed with an integrative approach to the use of IMPs. Projects should be designed in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. Additionally, the complex should respond to:

  • Location (urban, downtown, historical)
  • Climate (sun, wind, light and water)
  • Culture (patterns of interaction based upon Calgary, Alberta history)
  • Codes: Please note that one of the goals of this competition is to explore new construction opportunities for insulated metal panels that may not yet be anticipated or fully embraced by the current codes.

The diversified program proposes several occupancies that promote a building envelope composition that responds to site orientation, environmental criteria, and cultural adjacencies in order to elicit a high performance building envelope solution.

Timeline

1. What is the contest timeline?

  • Entries go 'live' once uploaded to the GenK site and can be edited until the submission deadline
  • Submission Deadline: December 4, 2014, 11:59 p.m. (EST)
  • Live Online Voting: Starts December 5, 9:01a.m. (EST) and continues to January 5, 2015, 11:59 PM (EST)
  • Winners Announced: January 16, 2015



Other Questions

1. I have a question that is not answered in this FAQ. Where else can I find more information?

Please review full official competition rules. If you still do not have an answer to your question, please send email to the Ask a Question and one of the contest administrators will be happy to point you in the right direction.