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Requests for Information

Students may submit Requests For Information (RFI) to obtain clarifications or resolve any ambiguities. RFIs and the answers from the competition committee will be posted as they are received.

Submit your RFIs via email to [email protected].

Q: Our team was looking into the necessary codes and standards that will be used in the design competition going forward. The National Electrical Code is a code we will be using, but which version is not given in the HopeCollege-Codes&Standards.pdf file that was provided to us. We are designing the building based off the 2009 International Building Code, so we were wondering what year of the National Electrical Code we are to be using for the project.
A: If not specifically stated in the provided documentation for the competition, teams should identify the code details in the report and provide applicable justification for the decision.

Q: Verify current campus wide use of steam and chilled water use for heating and cooling. 
A: Student teams should conduct research into campus utilities and make necessary assumptions with justifications.
Q: Define “SLL” in refrence to room tags.
A: Please provide a drawing reference number.

Q: Which version of the NDS should we be using/is it acceptable to use the 2015 version? The 2015 version will have newer and relevant design requirements for mass timber, but would not the version that the 2009 Michigan Building Code uses. 
A: The student team should make necessary assumptions and justifications for those assumptions. A code list was provided as part of the competition documentation.

Q: Is there a central utilities plant available for use?
A: Student teams should conduct research into campus utilities and make necessary assumptions with justifications.

Q: The Acoustics Challenge Rubric presents the following item: “Design solutions provide flexible acoustic design and calculation of reverberation times for the performance space that can be altered to provide a range from .3 to 1.5 seconds.”
This seems somewhat unrealistic for a performance space and was wondering is the .3 seconds is supposed to be a different value?
A: If the team feels the range in the rubric is not accurate for this project, then the team needs to justify with industry acceptable references, alternative values to use for design.

Q: Is architecture included in the $25 million base budget? 
A: All building costs should be included in the $25 million budget. The challenges can be budgeted separately and can be included as add alternates.

Q: Must competition challenges be included as add alternates? 
A: The Roof challenge should be considered an add alternate; the Acoustic challenge should be included in the $25 million budget; the Timber challenge may exceed with $25 million budget but must include justification for any overage.

Q: What are the standard utility rates that the school is using? 
A: Student teams should conduct research into utility rates and make necessary assumptions with justifications.

Q: Is there a university-wide lighting control system that the college would like to use?
A: Student teams should research systems and make recommendations with justifications.

Q: The original budget for the building was based on 2014-15 commodity prices, which have changed significantly in the past few years. We are not sure if current prices will accurately reflect a comparable design, please advise on how to approach this issue.
A:The budget listed in the Competition Addendum is the budget determined for the competition.

Q: For the wood construction challenge it is stated that, "Teams should incorporate options such as  Glue  Laminated members,  Heavy  Timber members,  Cross  Laminated  Timber members (CLT) and Engineered Wood products in at least 25% of their redesign of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts building." How is the 25% of wood measured (by volume, weight, linear foot, etc.)? Does this apply only to structural wood use in the framing of the building?
A: 25% of the primary structural members (deck, joists, beams, girders, columns, shear walls and/or bearing walls) be out of wood.

Q:Regarding the construction rubric, are the level 1, 2, 3 estimates defined by the amount of detail in each estimate or is it level 1, 2, 3 as in the 3 different floors?
A:The American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE) defines estimate levels as Level 1 - Order (Range) of Magnitude, Level 2 - Schematic/Conceptual Design, Level 3 - Design Development.

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