Mid-Atlantic Precast Association (MAPA) Launches Design 09

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The Mid-Atlantic Precast Association (MAPA) has announced plans for Design 09, a new awards competition that will honor architect and student designs that incorporate precast concrete. The industry group unveiled the first competition in a planned annual series to showcase innovative and effective use of precast concrete in the mid-Atlantic region.

In our region, we have seen a proliferation of projects that take advantage of the key benefits of precast concrete -- aesthetic variety, design freedom, rapid installation, cost-effectiveness and durability

The Mid-Atlantic Precast Association (MAPA) has announced plans for Design 09, a new awards competition that will honor architect and student designs that incorporate precast concrete. The industry group established Design 09, the first competition in a planned ongoing series, to showcase innovative and effective use of precast concrete in the mid-Atlantic region.

Design 09 includes two separate competitions: one for professional architects and one for students. Architecture firms, designers, engineers, contractors and others may nominate completed structures or in-design projects. For the student Design 09 competition, faculty and staff may nominate a student design, or students may nominate their own designs.

MAPA developed a simple, online nomination process at its website, MAPA Design '09 online nominations, which enables a nomination to be completed in a matter of minutes. There is no cost to submit a nomination.

Nominated projects must make significant use of precast concrete, must have been completed or conceived within the past five years and must be located in one of the states served by MAPA: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Design 09 honorees will be selected by a MAPA-designated jury of architects and other industry professionals and will be announced in October. Winners in each category will receive a custom plaque and recognition in a variety of MAPA communications. Honorees in the student design competition will also receive cash prizes. Students must attend an accredited architecture or engineering design school in one of the states served by MAPA.

MAPA will accept nominations in the following categories:

  •     Commercial
  •     Institutional
  •     Government
  •     Housing
  •     Parking Structures
  •     K-12 Schools
  •     Arenas
  •     Correctional facilities
  •     Civil
  •     Bridges
  •     Sustainable design
  •     Decorative/signage/landscape

Gary C. Graziano, AIA, Vice President of Marketing at High Concrete Group and current President of MAPA, said the number of Design 09 categories illustrates how architects and engineers have continued to explore new applications for precast concrete.

"In our region, we have seen a proliferation of projects that take advantage of the key benefits of precast concrete -- aesthetic variety, design freedom, rapid installation, cost-effectiveness and durability," Graziano said. "MAPA created Design 09 as a way for the outstanding precast concrete applications in our region to finally earn the recognition they deserve."

For complete guidelines and requirements, or to nominate a precast concrete project, visit Mid-Atlantic Precast Association.

The Mid-Atlantic Precast Association (MAPA) is a professional marketing organization committed to the growth of the precast concrete industry in the mid-Atlantic region. MAPA works to educate the construction community, design professionals and students about the advantages of precast concrete. MAPA is closely associated with the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI).

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