NEXT STOP: DESIGNING CHICAGO BRT STATIONS


SCHEDULE
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03/28/13 - Competition launched / Online registration opens / Question & Answer period opens*
04/19/13 - Question & Answer period closes
05/21/13 - Online submissions are due (Extended deadline).
06/06/13 - Winners announced at a special event at the Chicago Architecture Foundation
*Answers to all questions will be posted on this website.

FEES
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Registration Fee $90
Reduced Fee for Students (with valid ID) $50

REGISTRATION
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To register, follow the payment instructions below, and send an email to nextstopburnhamprize2013@gmail.com with the contact information for the entrant or team leader.

Confirmation of the registration along with a random 5-digit registration number will be emailed to the registrant (individual or the team leader) for identification of the final submission. One registration is required per project submitted. Participants may submit multiple entries or be part of multiple teams, but each submission must have an individual registration number.

Registration will remain open until the submission due date. Registrations fees are non-refundable. Fees will not be returned under any circumstances.

By registering for the competition, competitors agree to all competition terms and conditions.

REGISTRATION


SUBMISSIONS
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Competition submissions are due at midnight U.S. Central Time (UTC - 06:00) on May 21, 2013 (extended deadline). Submissions are electronic and submitted via email only. The following materials should be submitted:

1. A maximum of four 11 inch x 17 inch boards (tabloid) oriented in landscape format. Each board must include the 5-digit assigned registration number in the lower right hand corner. Boards must be combined into a single four-page document and submitted in PDF format. The file should be named with the 5-digit registration number - “12345.pdf.”

2. A written statement of no more than 250 words explaining your ideas. The file should be named “Statement_12345.doc.” This file must be a .txt, .doc, or .rtf file, NOT a .pdf or .jpg.

3. A single page document with team identification and contact information. Include: Project title, names of team members, leader’s telephone number, and email address. The file should be named “ID_12345.doc.” This file must be a .txt, .doc, or .rtf file, NOT a .pdf or .jpg. The source of any third party materials incorporated in the entry must also be included; this source information may exceed one page if necessary.

All three files must be then saved in a single ZIP file named with the 5-digit registration number “12345.zip.” This zipped file should not exceed 5MB. The single ZIP file should be sent via email to: nextstopburnhamprize2013@gmail.com. The email subject line should read “Registration Number_12345.” Upon announcement of the winners, higher resolution images may be requested from winning submissions and selected entries.

AWARDS & JURY
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First prize: $3,000
Second prize: $1,500
Third prize: $750

In addition to cash prizes, competition entries may be evaluated by the Chicago Department of Transportation and the Chicago Transit Authority as part of BRT project implementation. The terms and conditions of this are described in the “Terms and Conditions” section of this document.

Honorable mentions may be awarded at the discretion of the jury but will receive no cash prize.

Select projects will be featured on the websites of the Chicago Architectural Club, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and other partner agencies; in the official competition catalogue; and are to be exhibited in a special event at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

A jury of notable professionals, academics, and public officials will decide competition winners. The jury will be announced via the Competition Website. The decisions of the jury will be final and unalterable, and the jury thereby reserves the right to leave any prize vacant, or partially award prizes.

Please refer to the competition brief for Evaluation Criteria.

TERMS & CONDITIONS
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Eligibility
The NEXT STOP competition is open to anyone with a vision of what Chicago BRT stations could become: architects, landscape architects, planners, students, graphic designers, industrial designers, artists, and others. Design teams with a varied composition of experts in any of the fields related to the built environment are encouraged.

Members of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Architectural Club, staff of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, members of the jury or their families, or those involved with the preparation or funding of this competition may not participate.

This competition is to be conducted solely via the competition website – no additional printed material is available. The official language of the competition is English; submissions in a language other than English will be disqualified. All drawings and architectural scales should be expressed in feet and inches.

Anonymity
NEXT STOP is an anonymous competition. No names of team members shall appear on graphic material or in file names. A unique 5-digit registration number is the only means of identification.

Ownership & Copyright
The Chicago Architectural Club and the Chicago Architecture Foundation intend to publish the results of the competition online and present results in a public forum. By submitting an entry, competitors grant to the Chicago Architectural Club, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Chicago Department of Transportation, and the Chicago Transit Authority a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable license to copy, publish, exhibit, display, distribute, create derivative works, or use any part of the entry submitted to this competition in any format for any purpose, and to license third parties to copy, display, distribute or publish the materials in the context of promoting or reporting on bus rapid transit or the competition and its results.

Because the purpose of this competition is to foster innovative design for transit stations in Chicago, by submitting an entry, competitors grant to the Chicago Department of Transportation and the Chicago Transit Authority a non-exclusive, transferrable, irrevocable, perpetual right to copy, display, distribute, create derivative works, make, use, or incorporate any entry or any element of any entry in designs for infrastructure, without guarantee of payment to the competitor. The Chicago Department of Transportation and/or the Chicago Transit Agency will, at their sole discretion, give credit to an entrant if the agency deems their work to have significant influence on final design of a BRT station that is built. However, the Chicago Department of Transportation and the Chicago Transit Authority are not obligated to utilize any entry.

Warranties
All competition entries must be the competitors’ original work created solely by the entrant, not previously constructed. The source of any clip or stock art, or other materials, incorporated in the design rendering or otherwise used in the entry should be identified. By submitting an entry, competitors warrant that their entry is original and that they possess sufficient rights in the entry to grant the rights to the Chicago Architectural Club, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Chicago Department of Transportation and the Chicago Transit Authority that are described in this document. Competitors agree to indemnify the Chicago Architectural Club, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Chicago Department of Transportation, the Chicago Transit Authority, and competition jurors against any claims of intellectual property infringement relating to or arising from entrants’ entries.

QUESTIONS
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Questions regarding the competition will be accepted until April 19, 2013.
Questions should be emailed to: nextstopburnhamprize2013@gmail.com. Answers will be posted below.

Can you tell us the estimated platform height above adjacent sidewalk and above adjacent roadway?
A: The height of the platform will be even with a low-floor bus: about 14 inches above the adjacent roadway. The typical curb height is 6 inches, so the platform for curb-running would be about 8 inches higher than the sidewalk.

Could you clarify what is the preferred ticketing method - turnstiles with ticket dispenser at the entry to the bus shelter, or vending machines, or ticketing on the bus?
A: This hasn't been decided-we are looking for your ideas.

What is the height of the platform?
A: The platform will be 14 inches off the street level.

What are the dimensions of the BRT bus we will expect to design around? Are there drawings of a typical bus?
A: Buses are typical articulated buses, 60' long and 8 ½ feet wide, with almost a foot on each side needed for mirrors.

Are we allowed to introduce additional crosswalks?
A: Yes, but this will require extra justification.

Where does the Western stop begin and end for the side that provides south bound transit?
A: It is a nearside stop, the length is shown in the plan view.

What are the height limitations for station design?
A: None.

What is the minimum number of egress routes?
A: One.

Is the minimum amount of passenger waiting for each tier intended to include sitting and standing space, or just sitting?
A: Sitting and standing.

Is the BRT logo available?
A: It does not exist yet.

Are there any height/size/setback requirements or restrictions in place for the shelters?
A: Enough to accommodate bus mirrors (~18 inches). Otherwise only what is included in the brief.

Is bus information available; images, dimensions, power source (gas,electric,hydrogen,etc), seating/bike, access/ADA?
A: Buses are typical articulated buses, 60' long and 8 ½ feet wide, with almost a foot on each side needed for mirrors. Fuel type not yet determined. Same buses as used on the Cleveland Health Line.

Are there any specific maintenance or garbage collection requirements?
A: Garbage cleared daily, snow removal, cleaning and other maintenance standard to better than current shelters.

Is there a standard Ad space size?
A: No, but there should be ad space provided (up to artist).

Has a desired budget been determined for each shelter?
A: No.

Are you issuing CAD files of the three locations?
A: We do not have access to the CAD drawings, but the competition brief is in  .pdf format. The drawings are vectorized and can be accessed via software such as Adobe Illustrator.

Can you tell us the estimated platform height above adjacent sidewalk and above adjacent roadway? If this is open to interpretation, can you give us more information on the buses that will be used, i.e. the height of the landing and/or ADA landing?
A: The height of the platform will be even with a low-floor bus: about 14 inches above the adjacent roadway. The typical curb height is 6 inches, so the platform for curb-running would be about 8 inches higher than the sidewalk.


APPENDICES
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To download the Appendices click HERE.

OTHER RESOURCES:
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BRT Chicago
Background and current updates on the development of BRT in Chicago.

Urban Transport Photo Library
The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy's (ITDP) Urban Transport Photo Library is organized by both city and topic, and contains categories for both BRT elements and stations.

Central Loop Bus Rapid Transit – Chicago Department of Transportation
Up-to-date information on Chicago’s planned Central Loop BRT corridor.

Ashland/Western Bus Rapid Transit – Chicago Transit Authority
Up-to-date information on Chicago’s planned Western/Ashland BRT corridor.

Bus Rapid Transit: Chicago's New Route to Opportunity
Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) presents their vision for BRT in Chicago, encouraging readers to envision BRT as a path to achieving economic and community development goals.

The BRT Standard Version 1.0
The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy's Gold Standard Report (“The BRT Standard”) weighs design characteristics in a scoring method to establish an international standard in BRT system design.

U.S. Department of Justice 1991 ADA Standards for Accessible Design

China Bus Rapid Transit: BRT in China and Asia

Chicago BRT in the Media

"CTA plan: Priority lanes for some Loop buses." Ellen Jean Hirst, Chicago Tribune (February 20, 2013)

“City outlines bus-only lanes in the Loop.” Crain's Chicago Business (February 20, 2013)

“Bus-only lanes are a smart step toward easing Chicago commutes.” MarySue Barrett, Crain's Chicago Business (February 28, 2013)

“Bus Rapid Transit Project Planned For Central Loop, Union Station.” Chuck Sodo, Chicagoist (February 21, 2013)

“Chicago Unveils Plans to Make Public Transportation in the Loop More Efficient.” Rachel Bogart, Yahoo! (February 21, 2013)


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