The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) is pleased to announce the first Student Design Competition for the 2021 Fall Semester. The competition is intended to challenge undergraduate and graduate students to create innovative metal building designs. In addition to exploring design options, students are encouraged to learn more about metal buildings as a structural or construction system.

Metal Building Manufacturing Association (MBMA)
For over 60 years the MBMA and its manufacturing members have worked together as partners to further its mission: to conduct research, to help advance building codes and standards, and to educate the construction community. Our passion is to support a strong, sustainable metal building systems industry that meets the needs of owners and the overall society.

Metal Building
Metal building systems are custom-engineered and fabricated in accordance with strict quality assurance standards, with very little scrap generated. Designers are realizing that the structural efficiency of this approach brings tangible benefits, both from a sustainable and a cost-savings perspective.

Many of America‘s schools need to expand, upgrade, or replace their existing facilities. Metal building systems have been used for decades to create cutting-edge classroom buildings, gymnasiums, and auditoriums. With cost-effective, energy efficient designs and high-performance roof and wall systems, metal buildings can provide long-term solutions for growing school districts (“Building Showcase.” Building and Construction Methodology | MBMA,

The objective of the competition is to design an elementary school that can accommodate approximately 200 students. The project is to use metal-building-construction with a maximum of two stories.

All participants have to be full-time registered students at a North American college/university. All student entrants are required to work under the direction of a faculty sponsor through either a design, technology, structure, or construction class. No entry fee required.

A total of $15,000 in awards will be made to students and faculty sponsors. For student teams, the award amount for 1st, 2nd or 3rd prizes will be divided and distributed equally to each member of the registered team.