Announcing CCCAP Student Design Competition 2016: Interfaith Chapel of Peace

CCCAP Student Design Competition 2016

DESCRIPTION:  Interfaith Chapel of Peace

The project is a non-denominational worship and meditation space set in a natural environment of the students’ choice. The goal is to develop a space that is universal and encourages connections between individuals and the between individuals and the environment. The students should strive to create a sense of spirituality, peace and contemplation through light, scale, form and nature. Designs should demonstrate a responsible relationship with the environment through the use of sustainable and recycled materials and alternative energy sources.


The Coalition of Community College Architecture Programs [CCCAP] is a non-profit 501.3(c) membership association founded to advance the recognition of community college architecture programs. Members in CCCAP represent community college architecture programs [i.e. CCAP] 122 CCAPs across the country.  Since its’ first work session in 2012, the CCCAP has achieved 501.3(c) status, collected data from all 122 programs, applied for a NSF grant to research the impact of courses on sustainable design within architectural educational institutions, held national conferences in Denver, Chicago, and Atlanta and made presentations to the ACSA Administrators’ Conferences 2013 and 2014 as well as the ACSA National Conference 2014, and AIA National Convention 2015.

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The CCCAP is committed:

·       To establish transfer/articulation agreements between Architecture Programs incommunity colleges and schools of architecture,

·       To increase the racial, gender, cultural, and socio-economic diversity within the architectural profession,

·       To support dialogue, share best practices, and collaborate as a network among Architecture Programs in community colleges and architectural academic and accreditation institutions.

Interfaith Chapel of Peace:    

The problem requires you to design a Chapel and an outdoor meditation space on a site of your choice. The student should identify a specific site of no more than 90,000 square feet, approximately 2 acres. The site must have vehicle access and natural features which will enhance the users’ experience. 

The complex is to be used by all for worship and a variety of structured activities including:

·       Religious services, weddings, funerals, memorial services and rites of passage

·       Non-structured meditation and contemplation by individuals.

·       The structure should be non-denominational; it cannot incorporate any specific religious symbols or be limited to any religious liturgy.

Access to the chapel from the public parking area is limited to pedestrian traffic, wheelchairs and light service vehicles. 

Site considerations include the relationship of the chapel to its natural surroundings, site topography, orientation relative to environmental and landscape features, and the nature of the procession from the outside to the chapel.  Enclosed building must have a minimum 25 foot setback from all property lines.

The major objective of the design should be the creation through light, scale, form and structure of a sense of spirituality, peace and contemplative serenity.

Program Requirements:


Dimensions are determined by the following program requirements:

1)   Chapel to accommodate a maximum of 100 occupants 20SF net/occupant.

2)   Chapel to be an enclosed space for year round use.

3)   Two (2) Egress doors

4)   Outdoor gathering place to accommodate a maximum of 50 occupants

5)   To provide sanitary facilities as required for above occupants.

          Men: Two (2) urinals, two (2) toilet stalls, two (2) lavatories. One stall and lavatory must be ADA compliant. 

          Women: Four (4) toilet stalls, two (2) lavatories. One stall and lavatory must be ADA compliant. 

          One drinking fountain must be located in a public space.

6)   Vestibule/Airlock to provide a place for transition from exterior and interior. 

7)   Lobby Area for access to the Chapel and the other spaces to accommodate the storage of coats, extra seating, tables, and other needs.

8)   Mechanical Room, Storage and Custodial closet with mop sink to be minimum 150SF.

9)   Parking lot to accommodate 50 cars with appropriate drives and connection to road

a.     All exterior paving must be pervious.

Construction: Type IV

The principle material of construction will be wood with post and beam heavy timber construction as the preferred method of assembly.  Both engineered and dimensional lumber may be used.  The expressive potential of wood framing and connection details should be explored in developing a solution that is both elegant and tectonically expressive.


The objectives of this exercise:

·       To demonstrate the “Symbolic”

·   To explore the relationship between site, building and path.

·       To choreograph the procession through the site to the Chapel

·       To modulate the quantity and quality of light to create variety and richness

·       To explore the expressive potential of wood as a material finish and as a structural component

·       To employ sustainable strategies in all aspects of building and site design

Presentation Requirements: (submissions that don’t conform to these requirements will not be accepted)

·       A single project description document [max. 250 words] explaining the design concept.

·       Image of proposed site

·       A single digital file of a single design panel

Panel 24”x36” size, portrait direction only

·       File format & size:  Both files must be *.pdfs, the design panel must be under 20MB

·       Official language is English.

·       Personal information that includes applicant's identification should not be included in either document. Only the title and the registration number should be specified on the project description and the design panel page.

·       Registration number – to be provided after the completed registration is is received

Required Drawings: (include graphic scale on all scale images)

1.   Floor plan (floor plan and site plan may be combined into one image)

2.   Site plan

3.   Building section(s)

4.   Exterior Rendering

5.   Interior Rendering

6.   Any additional drawings that help the jury understand your design

Some useful planning information:

2015 IBC Section 303.4 Assembly A-3

Un-sprinkled Type IV Construction

Maximum 3 Stories Above Grade

Exit Access Travel Distance max. 200 Ft


·        Registration: February 1 through March 1, 2016

·        Submission Deadline: May 1, 2016 5:00 PM Central Daylight Savings Time

·        Announcement of winners: May 16, 2016

·        Exhibition at CCCAP National Conference May 21, 2016

Application GuidelineEligibility:

·        Community College Architecture students and all other Domestic or International undergraduate architecture students who are NOT beyond sophomore level in their architectural studies.

·        Students on leave of absence if they are NOT beyond sophomore level in their architectural studies

·        Single Individuals or Teams [limited to a maximum of 4 students]

Judging Criteria:

·        Projects will be judged holistically on their overall creativity, efficiency, flexibility, and beauty. Remember, however, the judges are looking for innovative solutions.

Prizes and Awards [each valued up to $200]:          One Individual or Team per Prize

·        Grand Prize: Best overall design

·        Green Prize:  Best design in terms of energy consumption /environmental strategies


·        Jane Ostergaard AIA CCCAP

          Architecture and Construction Management Coordinator

          College of DuPage


Registration Procedure:

·        Registration should be submitted by the instructor sponsoring the entry

-      One application should be used for multiple entries with the same instructor

-      All official communications will be sent to the instructor

·        Submit the attached excel registration form to:

-      Subject line should be “CCCAP Design Competition 2016 Registration”

·        Changes in application not permitted after application deadline

Submission guidelines:  

Each entry will submit two files:   

·        Digital file of your design

·        Project description


Digital Design files which includes your design must be described as below:

·        File must be titled with your registration number, which you will receive via email to the instructor after you have registered.

·        24”x36” size, portrait direction only

·        pdf, must be under 20MB

·        Include a 2”x3” rectangle in the lower right hand corner of your presentation with your registration number. There should not be any other identification information on your project.

Project description paper should be no more than 250 words as a separate PDF document.

·        File must be titled with your registration number.

·        Include the same file title as noted directly above as well as and your project title at the top of the page.

Submission Process

Projects will be submitted through, a digital exchange system. You will receive an email after your registration has been received with instructions for using the system.


1.    Works submitted to other competitions or plagiarized are eliminated from judging. Even if such works win a prize, the prize will be revoked later.

2.    Submissions that do not comply with competition rules or formats might be placed at a disadvantage during judging.

The organizer retains the right to publish, reproduce, distribute, and hold exhibitions regarding winning entries to the competition