Moses Structural Engineers and Ryerson University present the second annual #TimberFever Design-Build Challenge. Are you ready to come together and put your skills to the test? Use your knowledge of wood and structural concepts to build something awesome!
8 teams of ryerson’s finest
926 board feet of wood
36 hours of sweat and sawdust
“… having fun and also learning a lot about the practical aspects of construction … within our faculty we don’t get that much practical experience.”
“Now I know I can cut something by hand, that’s what I’m taking away from this.”
Information and Mentoring: September 14 - 23
Event Day Construction: September 24
Competition Judging: September 25
Ryerson University – Architecture Building and Gould Street
Please note this competition is open to Ryerson Architectural Science and Civil Engineering students only. If you’re not in either of these programs but still want to participate, we would love to have you as one of our volunteers!
We will be accepting volunteers from ALL Ryerson programs. You’ll receive a free TimberFever t-shirt and free snacks throughout the event. Timberfever would not be possible without your help!
“Half our group stayed up all night to design it and then worked 9am-9pm, almost 12 hours, of almost non-stop work.”
1st Place Winner: $750
2nd Place Winner: $500
3rd Place Winner: $350
People’s Choice Award: $200
You will be placed into teams of 4 or 5 students which will be decided by the committee and announced at the event.
A design brief will be handed to each team at the start of the competition announcing the type of structure you will be making and the design criteria.
A demanding 36 hours of intense design and construction will ensue with a limited supply of lumber for each team.
The winners will be selected by panel of judges and there are cash prizes for the top 3 teams and for the People’s Choice Award. Projects will also be on public display on Gould Street following the competition.
An information session will be held on September 14, 2016 to explain the competition and provide references and inspiration for wood design.
Follow @mosesstructures on Twitter for more details.
Abhishek Wagle, Co-Chair
Nick Milani, Co-Chair
Maulik Vora, Finance Coordinator
Shanuja Nagarathinam, Photography and Media Coordinator
Mariam El-Zein, Volunteer Coordinator
Nicole LI, Facilities Coordinator
Brotee Das Datta, Registration
Luisa Gonzalez, Catering
Our mission is to create collaboration between students of architecture and engineering, while developing design, construction and communication skills that will be invaluable to your future careers.
We are passionate about designing and building with wood and want to share all the positive attributes of this wonderful material.
TimberFever was inspired by the Defi Cecobois competition held annually by Cecobois in Quebec. Nous vous remercions, Cecobois, de nous inspirer!
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Moses Structural Engineers is an award winning structural engineering firm providing custom design work using wood, steel, concrete, masonry and a variety of other materials. They are pioneers in new types of construction methods and designed the first five CLT buildings in Ontario.
In 2014 TD Place Stadium in Lansdowne Park received the “Institutional-Commercial Wood Design Award” from Ontario Wood WORKS! The Grotto Sauna received several awards including the 2014 “Ontario Wood Award” from Ontario Wood WORKS! It was also the “Popular Choice Winner” in the 2015 Architizer A+ Awards.
Through research, development and education, Moses Structural Engineers strives to elevate the quality of design and innovation in the field, and has become an industry leader by doing so. Moses Structural Engineers has partnerships with a few major Canadian universities and research institutions. Its latest collaboration is the TimberFever Design-Build Challenge for Ryerson University students. The competition first took place in 2015, and due to an overwhelming response, we have turned this into an annual competition. Go Ryerson!