The Brasfield & Gorrie Student Design Competition is an annual interdisciplinary design competition composed of teams of students from each department in the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at Mississippi State University. The goal is to expose students to an interdisciplinary project delivery system to facilitate the design of a structure that incorporates sustainability, innovation and LEED construction principles. It is the goal of the competition to overcome preconceived ideas of the roles traditionally assumed by the various disciplines in the college. Teams will implement into their design solutions current issues that are impacting the design and construction industry.

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Fall 2015
Professors:
Jacob Gines (architecture)
Alexis Gregory (architecture)
Michele Herrmann (building construction science)
Beth Miller (interior design)
Suzanne Powney (art - graphic design)
Students:
Architecture - 28
Building Construction Science - 13
Graphic Design - 14
Interior Design - 12
Project:
The design challenge for this hypothetical project was to develop proposals for the exterior and interior renovation of an existing building for the tenancy of the microbrewery
SweetGum Brewing. The building the students used for the project is located in the Old Main District in downtown Starkville; it is an empty industrial building on the corner of Jackson and Lampkin Streets, one block south of, and perpendicular to Main Street.
Each interdisciplinary team of students determined how the required brewing equipment would be organized in compliance with the space allowance and circulation requirements.  In addition to the brewing equipment, the student teams incorporated a central office, ADA restroom, storage area and tasting room. Each team also designed a standard for which individual brew name signage could be incorporated in the tasting room based on the types of beers being showcased at a particular time.  The microbrewery will be a production-only brewery and will not be selling beer directly to consumers. Only through participation in a brewery tour will the public be able to sample the beer in the tasting room.
The student teams took this information and produced proposals that included branding, signage, interior design, architectural design and a construction schedule and budget. The students presented their final proposals to the design competition sponsor - Brasfield & Gorrie, SweetGum Brewing co-founder Ed Dechert, and visiting architects and graphic designers.
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Fall 2015 Third Place Group
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Fall 2014
Professors:
Jacob Gines (architecture)
Alexis Gregory (architecture)
Michele Herrmann (building construction science)
Lyndsey Miller (interior design)
Suzanne Powney (art - graphic design)
Students:
25 architecture
19 building construction science
15 art - graphic design
19 interior design
 
Project:
For two weeks, teams of students from the entire college – including fourth-year architecture, building construction science, graphic design and interior design students – were led through a series of research and design projects to emphasize collaborative design methods and help enhance the understanding and importance of teamwork, having clear goals and making conscientious design and developmental decisions from the very beginning of a project. Seventy-eight students began the design competition and worked together in ten teams.
The project presented was a retail incubator space in downtown Starkville. The two weeks were devoted to working together across disciplines to research, design, estimate, brand and position the incubator for a variety of possible tenants. The competition allowed the students to come together and experience their strengths in a collaborative environment that outlined responsibilities to all participants. Students from the architecture, interior design and building construction majors were teamed up for the first time with graphic design students.
The students were paired off into ten teams made up of one to two interior design seniors, two to three building construction seniors, two to three fourth-year architecture students, and one to two graphic design seniors. They worked together over the next two weeks working on final solution for a presentation to judges from Brasfield & Gorrie.
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Fall 2014 First Place Group, "Niche"
Fall 2014 Second Place Group, "Vend"
Fall 2014 Third Place Group, "The Foundry"
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Fall 2013
Professors:
Tim Frank (architecture)
David C. Lewis (building construction science)
Rachel McCann (architecture)
Lyndsey Miller (interior design)
 
Students:
36 architecture
13 building construction science
19 interior design
 
Project:
For the fall 2013 competition, students had to transform the 1,800 square foot area beneath the concrete bleachers on the west side of Mississippi State University’s McCarthy Gym from an interior exit into an interior (conditioned) main entrance. Each team was required to accommodate an occupancy of 308 people; design hard landscaping; provide clear and safe access to the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building at all times both during and after construction; and ensure that all construction and fees total no more than $360,000 ($200/sf), including landscaping, 15% profit, and a 7% design fee.
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Fall 2012
Professors:
Jane Greenwood (architecture)
Alexis Gregory (architecture)
Michele Herrmann (building construction science)
Beth Miller (interior design)
Justin Taylor (architecture)
 
Students:
23 architecture
21 building construction science
11 interior design
 
Project:
Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is defined by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as “a project delivery approach that integrates people, systems, business structures and practices into a process that collaboratively harnesses the talents and insights of all project participants to optimize project results, increase value to the owner, reduce waste and maximize efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication and construction.” Having recognized the value collaborative efforts play in IPB, Brasfield & Gorrie partnered with the College of Architecture, Art and Design at Mississippi State University to implement the Brasfield & Gorrie Annual Student Design Competition.
The 2012 project was located on the site of the now-closed Aiken Village Graduate Family Housing. The site is located on the northwestern part of campus near the Humphrey Coliseum. It is separated from the main campus by Highway 12. The students were tasked not only with the renovation and conversion of Aiken Village to an eco-village, but also to reconnect the site with the main campus.
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Fall 2012 Third Place Group
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Fall 2011
Professors:
John Poros (architecture)
Frances Hsu (architecture)
Michele Herrmann (building construction science)
Beth Miller (interior design)
 
Students:
27 architecture
22 building construction science
22 interior design
 
Project:
Brasfield & Gorrie’s involvement with Mississippi State University in the fall of 2011 was an unprecedented event for the College of Architecture, Art and Design as well as one of its two research centers, Carl Small Town Center. For two weeks, teams of fourth-year students from architecture, building construction science and interior design were led through a series of lectures and collaborative design methods to help enhance the understanding and importance of teamwork, having clear goals and making contentious design and developmental decisions from the very beginning of a project.
The project presented was a civic complex for the town of Smithville, Mississippi. Included in this complex would be a city hall, a police station, a volunteer based fire station, as well as a public library. Prior to this project, the architecture students had been working with the town and residents proposing various master plans. These proposals focused on new ways of approaching the idea of rural downtown centers. There were four total master plans. Each group had to work within one of these plans. Zoning, infrastructure and commercial business were considered when locating the Civic Complex within the master plans. There was nervous and excited energy in the Giles Hall Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium on the first day of the Brasfield and Gorrie competition, from students and faculty alike. Students from the architecture, interior design and building construction majors were about to meet and be teamed up for the first time in their college careers. Not sure of how to approach a project of this scale and collaboration, the students sat and waited eagerly for guidance. Once the students were paired off into ten different teams made up of two to three interior design seniors, two to three building construction seniors, and two to three fourth-year architecture students, they split off to find their workspaces for the next two weeks.
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A look at some of the top student work from the 2011 competition.
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