Air Force Village Design Competition

Sponsor: Air Force Villages, San Antonio, TX

Type: Open, 1-stage

Language: English

This competition is open to U.S.-based licensed and aspiring architects, designers, engineers, landscape architects, and students enrolled in college-level design programs in any of these areas of study. Competitors may enter as individuals or as a part of a team. Multi-disciplinary teams are encouraged.

Registration fee:
$25 per entry for students
$100 per entry for licensed and aspiring design professionals.
Entries may be authored individually or by a team.
Entries may be authored individually or by a team.

October 13, 2009 – Registration Deadline
December 01, 2009 – Competition Entries Due
January 2010 – Winners Announced

Major General M. Gary Alkire, USAF Retired, President and CEO, Air Force Village
Deborah Berke, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal, Deborah Berke Architects
Craig W. Hartman, FAIA, Design Partner, SOM San Francisco
Chaplain William H. Jacobs, Head Chaplain, Air Force Village
Carlos Jimenez, Principal, Carolos Jimenez Studio

Design Challenge:
The men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces devote their lives to serving our country and safeguarding the ideals on which our great nation is built. This competition is an opportunity for designers to show their gratitude to those who have devoted their professional careers to serving the nation. Air Force Village near San Antonio, Texas is a special community devoted exclusively to retired officers and their spouses, widowers, or widows. The Village is currently growing and as part of their master plan the community envisions a new chapel that can serve as a focal point for the campus and provide residents with a new place to gather and celebrate.

The budget for the nearly 12,000 sq. ft. chapel is approximately $4,000,000. Additional money is available for site work. The program includes multi-denominational spaces for worship, supplemental community facilities, and offices that support the chapel’s work.

The site is located on a 700-acre campus owned and operated by the Air Force Villages near Lackland Air Force Base. The core of the campus—known as Town Center—is demarcated by four, 8-story residential towers that are arranged around a collection of community services and amenities. The new chapel will be immediately west of the Town Center. Comprising 4.75 acres, the arc-shaped area designated for the new building is presently occupied by the main parking lot for the Town Center and three, single-story wings of a healthcare facility. Design proposals for the new chapel may explore reusing portions of the existing healthcare facilities or suggest that they be demolished. This new spiritual center must inspire parishioners at the same time that it creates a significant architectural landmark on the campus for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike.

Submission Requirements:
Registered entrants are required to submit two competition boards, and other supporting material, that thoroughly documents their proposed design. Additional information about the submission requirements is provided in the competition brief, which is available upon registration.

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