JBU Hosts Third Annual Disaster Shelter Design Competition

John Brown University will host the annual shelter design competition to build a transitional shelter for refugees. This year the prototypes need to meet the needs of potential Syrian refugees living in camps along the Syrian borders of Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. The competition takes place April 24-26 on the JBU campus in Siloam Springs.

Engineering, construction management and architecture students from several colleges and universities around the country will compete. Participating teams submitted preliminary plans for the competition in November and have since worked to refine their prototypes. Once they arrive at JBU, the teams will assemble their shelters for inspection and testing by the judges. Each shelter will undergo testing for habitability and heat retention, as well as the shelter’s ability to withstand an earthquake, wind and rain.

Disaster Response and Service Opportunity Seminar — Great Hall
Leaders from several relief organizations will present information and opportunities concerning disaster relief.
Session 1: Thursday, April 24, 7-9 p.m.
Session 2: Friday, April 25, 4-7 p.m.

Earthquake and Heat Retention Testing — Balzer Technology Center
Each team will present their shelter design to the judges and then have it tested for earthquake sustainability. The teams will also be timed for the speed it takes to assemble their shelter.
Thursday, April 24, 1-6 p.m.
Friday, April 25, 1-6 p.m.

Habitability Testing — Balzer Technology Center Lawn
Shelters will be judged on their ability to keep occupants comfortable overnight.
Friday, April 25, 9 p.m.-7 a.m. Saturday, April 26

Water and Wind Load Assessment — Balzer Technology Center Lawn
Shelters will be judged on their ability to withstand hurricane-force wind and rain.
Saturday, April 26, 7:30-10 a.m.

Seattle-based Cascade Designs Incorporated, which has grown to become the parent company of some of the most respected brands in the outdoor industry, is providing technical assistance and financial support.
To view highlight videos from last year, visit: http://www.jbu.edu/shelter_contest/.