Design Competition: Q & A

The registration deadline and the submission deadline are both July 29, 2016.
Yes! There are no restrictions against international, professional or student, participation. All are encouraged to apply!
No additional documentation is needed to confirm student status. If registering the competition as a student or student team, student status must be verifiable by the institution. This subsequent action will only be taken if an entrant’s student status is questioned.
Technically, you can both register and submit your proposal on July 29, 2016. However, the Urban Lab needs to receive your entry electronically, as a PDF (identified only by your registration number) and in a single package at our office by 12:00AM MST.
The two boards will be displayed flush to one another to allow for images to continue cohesively. As a reminder, the boards must be oriented side-by-side for portrait orientation or top-and-bottom for landscape orientation. Appendix B of the Competition Brief graphically shows the correct and incorrect board orientations.
North – The project boundary extends to the northernmost edge of the Mulberry intersection (northern edge of pedestrian walkway).  South – The project boundary extends to the southernmost edge of the Laurel intersection (southern edge of pedestrian walkway). The total distance of the project boundary from north to south is approximately a quarter mile.
The articulated MAX buses are 60 feet long, 10 feet wide (mirror-to-mirror), and 11 feet, 2 inches tall.
For clarification, examples:

  1.  Building a bridge over the right of way?  This is NOT allowed!  The railroad right of way extends vertically.  Details concerning the railroad right of way are encouraged to be individually researched through BNSF.
  2. Tunneling under the right of way?  This is feasible.
  3. Creating at grade railroad crossings?  This already occurs at intersections.  Otherwise, this is not an option.  The grade of the railroad tracks are to remain as is.
  4. Placing walls or fencing along the right of way? This is allowed so long as the 18′ right of way is not impinged on in any manner, including vertically.
  5. Planting along the right of way?  If planting ALONG the right of way this is allowed.  No planting may impinge into the right of way.
  6. Changing the grade of the right of way?  This is NOT allowed!  No changes to the railroad right of way are acceptable.
  7. Changing the grade of the street outside the right of way?  Altering the grade of the street is acceptable.  If proposed changes are made they must meet City of Fort Collins codes and standards (available online).
The east and west boundaries of the site are defined the same. The competition site extends to the private property line of a building, residence or private parking lot. Curb, gutter, offset (landscaped), street, and sidewalk are public property and may be changed.
There is a mix of residential (single and multifamily) and commercial properties surrounding the site. Residences are typically rentals for Colorado State University students. Bars, coffee shops, and restaurants are the most common commercial establishments. Google maps and Google Earth are good resources to get an idea of the site.
Plant information is not provided. Personal research is encouraged to learn more about native and adaptive plants in Colorado.
Infill opportunities outside the scope of this competition and should not be considered. The site bound, east/ west extend to the private property lines. This includes surface parking lots.
The railroad ROW is measured flow line to flow line (front of curb to front of curb) and should equate to 18-feet.
Yes! As long as you can provide proof of your student-status in your university program we encourage you to apply.
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