JBU Hosts Fifth Annual Shelter Design Competition

John Brown University is hosting the fifth annual Shelter Design Competition, sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse. Teams from colleges across the region will build their shelter designs at JBU for testing. Shelters will be evaluated for their inhabitability, ease of assembly, heat retention, and durability through both an earthquake simulation and a hurricane simulation.

What: Disaster Shelter Design Competition
When: April 21 – 23
Where: Balzer Technology Center High Bay and JBU Quad
(Parking available in the Berry Performing Arts Center and Simmons Great Hall lots) Why: Samaritan’s Purse International Relief evaluates the shelter designs for possible implementation in disaster relief efforts. Collegiate teams – from Dordt College (Iowa), Pittsburg State University (Kansas), Judson University (Illinois), Murray State University (Kentucky), University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Arkansas) and John Brown University – have designed shelters specifically for response to the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Ranked No. 2 among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News, JBU enrolls more than 2,700 students from 42 states and 39 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, degree completion and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 50 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.