Requirements For Entry

Team Members and Submission Guidelines

Team Requirements

Minimum Team Members | States That Qualify

Each entry must come from an integrated design team consisting of a minimum of three key members, including at least one licensed Engineer and one licensed Landscape Architect. Other key team members may include architects, planners, hydrologists, restoration ecologists, soil scientists, landscape horticulturists, arborists, and other disciplines critical to the successful design of LID.

The inclusion of team members from other disciplines, including land development, homebuilding, landscape design, and construction disciplines, is strongly encouraged. Plans are in place to have a separate student poster competition, but students are also free to participate on design teams.

Individuals may not participate on more than one team competing on the same design project. There are no limits on the number of individuals from a single firm that may participate in the competition as members of teams.

Teams with members who are based outside the Great Plains region are welcome, but at least two key design professional members on each team must be verifiably based in states within the region. States in the region are Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Knowledge of local environmental conditions and jurisdictional regulations will be critical in order to submit a competitive project design.


Submission Guidelines

  • All entry submissions must be submitted to the Competition website no later than 4:00 PM February 9th, 2016.
  • Each entry must be submitted as follows:

A pdf document that includes the following items:

  1. Final roster of team members
  2. Images of all drawings, plans and details.
    Submission plan sets must include at a minimum: Conceptual Site Plans, Drainage Plans, and Landscape Plans.
  3. A written overview, presenting the design team’s concept.
  4. Justification for the hydrologic/drainage modeling used to develop design conclusions.
  5. An explanation of project costs and an economic comparison, project specific details provided in Project Packages.
  6. Submissions shall include a discussion on the environmental, social, and economic benefits inherent with the life-cycle costs of LID practices including the potential for enhanced social benefits derived from the increased green space and quality design elements of an LID approach. Research has documented social, personal and economic benefits related to LID, including but not limited to increased shopper spending, human restoration equated with green surroundings, reduced maintenance and irrigation costs associated with naturalistic landscapes, and enhanced social connections due to quality outdoor space design.

Finalists will provide at least one, but no more than two foamcore presentation boards (30”x 40”), on which the team’s key concepts and elements of the design are presented visually, including a summary of the economic and hydrologic modeling results. Provide the boards in electronic format as well. The boards may be used in a traveling exhibit, following the competition.

Submissions must include no identifying features or marks which might reveal the identity of any member of the design team or any organization that may be represented by members of the team.