Established in 1993, the Witters Competition is endowed by Arthur G. and Beverley A. Witters for a college-wide interdisciplinary academic competition to foster better understanding among design, construction and planning students.

Each team consists of students from disciplines throughout the college, as well as engineering students. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to compete. As each student on the team provides input regarding his or her part of the project, the team learns more about the other professions and the issues affecting their work.

Spring 2021 Competition

The Spring 2021 Witters Competition will explore innovative, sustainability-focused, community-centric planning, design and construction solutions for the Site Redevelopment of the decommissioned Fire Station #1 in downtown Gainesville. Interior and exterior spaces, adjacent park and streetscape, as well as connections to the broader community, especially the “Downtown” Gainesville Community Redevelopment Area (CRA), through design and planning will be integral to the project. Drawing on the strengths of multidisciplinary teams, students will be challenged to produce concepts for appropriate use, cultural as well as physical community integration, reimagining the existing iconic building and immediate site as well as nearby public spaces, cultural areas, and transportation infrastructure. The project will be informed by, and potentially contribute to, the City of Gainesville Master Plan and Downtown Strategic Vision and Plan (2015 Version), the Community Redevelopment Plan for the Downtown CRA, and the UF Strategic Development Plan.

This year’s competition will take place January 22-February 2, 2021. Each team will have the opportunity to win prizes, including the grand prize of $3,500.

The grand prize of $3,500 goes to the winning team. In addition, the non-winning teams have the opportunity to win category prizes that are $600 each. The seven categories are Architecture, Construction Management, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Sustainability and the Built Environment, Urban and Regional Planning and Engineering. 

Each Team’s Work Can Be Viewed on Miro
Miro Board

https://miro.com/app/board/o9J_lWx-jnw=/

Key Dates

January 11 to January 22 at noon
Registration is now closed

Whether you have a team or are looking for a team, complete this form to register. For those who register individually, the Witters Organization Team will help connect you with others to form teams.

January 22 at 5:30 p.m.
Witters Team Forming Activity and Competition Kick-off
Venue: Virtual (Zoom)
Teams will be provided with Competition programming.

January 31 at 5:30 p.m.
Competition Ends and Team Pin-up
Venue: Virtual (Miro)
1. Presentation materials: At a minimum, please include the presentation materials discussed in the competition brief. Miro enables several presentation formats and the team can choose. 
2. Video: Teams record a 15 minute presentation and post the recordings online, at a video hosting service such as Vimeo. Post the link to the video in the upper left-hand corner of each team’s board on Miro in the area provided. 

February 2 at 12:00 p.m.
Jury Members Meet to Select 8 Finalist Teams to Move on To Last Round. All Teams Will Be Notified After Judging is Complete. 

February 2 at 5:30 p.m.
Finalist Team Presentations and Winners Announced
Venue: Virtual (Zoom)

Teams

Each multidisciplinary team of students must include, at a minimum, one student from the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and a minimum of three students that represent different disciplines in the College of Design, Construction and Planning, specifically: architecture, construction management, historic preservation, interior design, landscape architecture, sustainability and the built environment and urban and regional planning. Engineering students that register for the competition can be matched with DCP students to complete teams.

Witters Competition Organization Team

Eric Du, ESSIE (eric.du@essie.ufl.edu)
Sarah Gamble (sarah.gamble@ufl.edu) and Mike Montoya (michael2086@ufl.edu), ARC
Hal Knowles, SBE & URP (hknowles@ufl.edu)
Huiqing Kuang, LA (hkuang@ufl.edu)
Jason Meneely, IND (jmeneely@ufl.edu)
Robert Ries, CM (rries@ufl.edu)

Questions

Please review our frequently asked questions below. If you have additional questions about the competition, please contact the Witters Competition Organization Committee or email witters@dcp.ufl.edu.

Each Witters competition team will comprise of a minimum of four students. Each team must include, at a minimum, one student from the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and a minimum of three students that represent the different disciplines in the College of Design, Construction and Planning, specifically: architecture, construction management, historic preservation, interior design, landscape architecture, sustainability and the built environment and urban and regional planning. Six is the maximum number of students allowed on a team.

Yes, with a maximum of two per discipline and a total of six overall. The Witters Competition Organization Team will help form Witters Competition teams. The goals are to have multiple disciplines and teams with similar numbers of members.

Teams or individuals looking to join a team can register using this form: http://bit.ly/witters2021.

Registration will be open from January 11 to January 22 at noon. You have to complete this form: http://bit.ly/witters2021.

Please contact the Witters Competition Organization Team (names and email addresses above) or email witters@dcp.ufl.edu.

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