The current pandemic is an opportunity for architects and engineers to rethink facility design issues.

One of the key design questions to consider: “What changes can an architect or engineering professional make when factors like biohazards or viruses must be included in the design?”

Are there building materials or surfaces that can be used that make the building a safer place for its occupants? What about air handling and filtration systems?  Can the location of furnishings, walls or open space enable the occupants to move freely and maintain the needed social separation while still accomplishing the purpose of the facility?

The Competition is an excellent educational program that compliments studies in sustainability, LEED design issues, and renewable power generation.

The SMART Competition ( is a global STEM and Career and Technology Education (CTE) education program. The competition is open to all high school and university students.  The competition is designed to attract all students without regard or bias of gender, race, socio-economic or academic performance level.

For additional information, contact Mike Andrews,