Pipeline Worldwide hosted a design and construction competition to convert shipping containers into housing for healthcare workers at refugee settlements in Uganda. The competition kicked off in August of 2019 and concluded last Thursday, May, 14. Nine judges, including architects, developers, engineers, brokers and interior designers, determined the Best Overall winner based on criteria that is affordable and easily replicated in Uganda. The 40-foot, by 8-foot shipping containers had to be converted into living quarters for six people. Each container will be filled with medical supplies and equipment to support two hospitals and two clinics in Uganda before being converted into living quarters for workers in the refugee settlements.
Three teams participated in this competition and were made up of representatives from some of the top companies in the Valley, as well as students from Arizona State University, East Valley Institute of Technology, Grand Canyon University and West-MEC. The three teams who took part in the competition were:
• #1Team4Uganda — DMB, DWL Architects, McCarthy Building Companies, East Valley Institute of Technology, Clearway Energy, and HonorHealth
• Team In A Box – Alter Group, Corgan, McCarthy Building Companies, Wespac, Grand Canyon University, West-MEC, Wood Patel and SMIL
• Sus-tainers – RED Development, Cuningham Group, Sundt, Westwood Professional Services, ASU, and Smith & Nephew.
Gensler will be providing design for outdoor shared spaces.
Judging took place on May 14 and the winner for the Best Overall container in the Battle of the Boxes was announced on May 18. The Best Overall winner is #1Team4Uganda, which is made up of DMB, DWL Architects, McCarthy Building Companies, East Valley Institute of Technology, Clearway Energy, and HonorHealth.
The other remaining awards will all be announced at Pipeline Worldwide’s annual event, Getting WELL Connected, on October 7, 2020. Those awards include: Best in Design Excellence, Best in Sustainability, Best in Constructability, Best in Design Innovation (Object), MVP (Person), and People’s Choice. More information about the event and registration can be found www.pipelineworldwide.org/events.
About Pipeline Worldwide
“Founded by Jamie Nollette, Vice President of Engagement at Goodmans Interior Structures in Phoenix, Pipeline Worldwide is the conduit for facilitating connections between donors and vulnerable communities in East Africa, based on the needs voiced by local leaders. We act as impact catalysts by providing funding, time and resources for projects that will deliver access to clean water, sanitation, education and healthcare in the most impoverished regions.”