2017-2018 Biennial Report

Construction Shed Design Competition

In 2015, the Building Foundation, in conjunction with the Building Congress Task Force on Innovation and Best Practices, began a Construction Shed Design Competition, an initiative to create innovative and attractive alternatives to the confining and often forbidding structures that currently cover nearly 200 miles of sidewalks around building sites throughout the five boroughs.

The competition was inspired by Construction for a Livable City, a New York Building Foundation program that sought to improve worksite quality and ensure better coordination between site operators and the surrounding community.

The four winning entries, chosen from among 33 submissions, are Side+Ways+Shed by Francis Cauffman; SCAFFOLDWING by Gannett Fleming Engineers and Architects, P.C.; G-Shed by Gensler; and UrbanArbor by PBDW Architects and Anastos Engineering Associates.

In evaluating the submissions, a Design Review Committee of 14 leading industry executives sought designs that could meet rigorous New York City Department of Buildings requirements and would be suitable for use on new commercial construction in central business districts, new small- to mid-size residential and commercial projects, and Local Law 11 masonry repair work.

All of the designs, while elegant, are simple to assemble and employ readily-available materials, thus satisfying a key objective of the competition: to encourage wide adoption by minimizing additional cost or inconvenience to building owners.

The Building Congress continues to work with building owners, developers, and construction managers to promote implementation of the new shed designs at individual construction sites.