Alcoa’s Kawneer Business and AIAS Select Design Competition Winners for “Crisis-Ready Stadium”

February 14, 2012

Architecture and Design Students Use Knowledge of Building Materials,
Sustainable Design, and Hurricane and Blast Resistance to Create Plan
for Stadium, Civic Center or Arena

NORCROSS, Ga. & WASHINGTON–Alcoa’s Kawneer aluminum architectural products business and The
American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) announced today the
winners of the “Crisis-Ready Stadium” national student design
competition. Sponsored by Kawneer and administered by the AIAS, the
competition challenged students to learn about building materials,
specifically architectural aluminum building products and systems, in
the design of a crisis-ready stadium, civic center or arena. John Melby
a fourth year student at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, was
awarded first place and $3000 for his design, “Survivor

The competition, now in its sixth year, required participants to select
a city and outdoor sport of their choosing and design an environmentally
responsible facility to serve the community for entertainment purposes,
while seating a minimum of 25,000 patrons. Additionally, using Kawneer
products students were challenged to design an exterior façade that is
resilient in all forms of weather including hurricanes and tropical
storms while also creating a space that is crisis-ready in the event of
a disaster. Other objectives include using materials and techniques that
can help earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®*)
certification points while creating a bright and fun atmosphere for

A jury of four architectural professionals evaluated the submissions for
ingenuity and originality, and ability to addresses design elements
related to the stadium’s response to the realities of climate change and
natural disasters. Appropriate use of materials, original use of
weather-resistant design elements and crisis-ready solutions for today’s
modern facilities were key factors in the selection of winning designs.

Winners are:

John Melby – University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, “Survivor One”
Place ($3000)
Set in Jacksonville, Florida, this stadium was
designed one simple notion – safety. Melby notes “the angled columns
represent the arms of the community as they are the ones who are truly
responsible for holding up the metaphorical blanket of safety and the
spirit of one another.” “Survivor One” integrates Kawneer
products, its 1600 Wall System®2 curtain wall on the North
end and 350 IR Entrances, as well as unique design concepts of space,
including an underground safety site.

Dana Dimalanta, Brianna Silva, Remi Ziems and Miranda Mead – Advanced
Technologies Academy, “The Surge”

Second Place ($1500)
group of high school students selected Tallahassee, Florida, as the site
of their design, “The Surge.” With an aerodynamic shape to
withstand winds from a class five hurricane, this facility offers a
place of gathering for recreational activities as well as a safe haven
for the community.

Rameez Munawar, Karl Sobel and David Ensor – University of Maryland,
“Sun Life Complex”

Third Place ($750)
The “Sun Life
set in Miami, Florida, integrates entertainment, tourism,
and hospitality for a regional civic center. The project not only takes
advantage of the city’s ability to attract tourists, but also links it
with a hotel for convenience. The design incorporates curtain wall
systems entrances, sun control products and interior sliding doors from

Honorable mentions ($500) were awarded to Joseph Podolski, Fred Lebed
and Andrew Leung (“Aqua Haven,” Clemson University); Taylor
Shumate and Bryam Wadia (“Hurricanes Stadium,” University of Miami); and
Caleb Fisher (“Stone Sanctuary,” University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee).

Total prize money awarded was $7,750. Winning entries may be viewed at
and will be published in the Spring 2012 issue of Crit: Journal of
the AIAS
. In addition, they will be displayed at the 2012 AIA
Convention and Design Exposition in Washington, D.C., May 17-19, 2012.
For more information on AIAS, please visit
To learn more about Kawneer, please visit

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated
aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of
alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry,
Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace,
automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial
transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the
past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled
products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels,
fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building
systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as
titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral
part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and
engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow
Jones Sustainability Index for 10 consecutive years and approximately 75
percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in
active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 31
countries across the world. More information can be found at

About Kawneer

With more than 100 years of innovation and experience, Kawneer North
America is headquartered in Norcross, GA, and is the leading
manufacturer of architectural aluminum products and systems for the
commercial construction industry. Kawneer is part of Alcoa’s global
Building and Construction Systems (BCS) business unit. In 2010 Traco, a
leading manufacturer of windows for more than 65 years, joined Alcoa BCS
as a division of Kawneer. Alcoa BCS manufactures and markets
architectural systems and products in North America, Europe, Asia and
the Middle East. Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and
fabricated aluminum as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and
refiner of alumina, and has been active in all major aspects of the
industry for the past 120 years. For more information on Kawneer or its
products, please visit

About the AIAS

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is an
independent, nonprofit, student-run organization dedicated to providing
unmatched programs, information, and resources on issues critical to
architectural education. The mission of the AIAS is to promote
excellence in architectural education, training, and practice; to foster
an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines; to enrich
communities in a spirit of collaboration; and to organize students and
combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture.

* LEED is a registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council