HUD is Promoting Innovative Resilient Design Solutions in Wake of Sandy in its Rebuild By Design Competition

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) received on Friday, July 19, 2013 responses to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Rebuild By Design, a multi-phase regional design competition seeking to promote development of resilience concepts for the Superstorm Sandy affected regions. The RFQ seeks proposals from world class teams with expertise in infrastructure engineering, landscape design, urban design, architecture, land use planning, industrial design, communication and other fields. HUD is itself partnering on the program with The Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

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The New Jersey Schools Development Authority Announces First Plans for Standardization of School Designs

On March 2, 2011, the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA) announced its Model Schools Program, an initiative to implement a standardized design for SDA school facilities. As part of this initiative, SDA planned on implementing standardized systems and materials in three phases.

Consistent with this plan, the SDA recently completed its first phase, and, has released two new manuals titled: Materials and Systems Standards Manual and Construction Details Manual. These manuals, which apply to Public School Facilities Projects in the State of New Jersey that are managed by the SDA, set forth the model systems and components to be used during construction of new facilities including standards for roofing, HVAC systems, flooring, finishes and more.

The remaining two phases of the NJSDA Model Schools Program standardization plan, the “Kit of Parts” which will provide uniform designs for classrooms and other school facility areas and the “2011 Design Manual” which will be the first design update since 2007, are expected to be released by the SDA in the near future.