King County Parks seeks fan to serve as judge for camping contest

August 10, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 10, 2011

King County Parks needs a fan to help judge a quirky camping contest.

County parks managers selected a team of boldface names to choose the winning design in the “Little Footprint, Big Forest” competition — a contest to create a camping shelter from a 20-foot-long shipping container — but they need one more judge.

In order to enter the drawing to be a judge, people must like King County Parks on Facebook and leave a post on the wall naming their favorite camping cuisine. The entry deadline is 4:30 p.m. Aug. 22.

The deadline to submit a design for the “Little Footprint, Big Forest” competition is also Aug. 22. The selected designer receives $4,500 and a chance to see his or her work become part of King County Parks’ award-winning system of parks and open space.

Contest organizers encourage all architects, designers, hobbyists, students, builders and creative people to apply. Find contest details and rules at King County Parks’ website. The contest has no entry fee.

The challenge is to design a “green” camping space to create a comfortable and durable sleeping area from a 20-foot-long steel cargo container. The design should take into account rugged King County forestland.

Organizers identified multiple sites for potential installation of the winning design, and plan to finalize the site after the winning design is chosen.

Construction is scheduled to start in early 2012, and site installation is expected to occur later in the year.

The design is scheduled to be announced Sept. 14 as part of the Built Green Conference and Festival, a gathering in Issaquah for building industry professionals interested in eco-conscious practices.

The competition is a collaboration between King County Parks and the King County Solid Waste Division’s GreenTools Program.

The all-star judges’ panel includes:

  • Dow Constantine, King County executive
  • Stone Gossard, sustainability advocate and Pearl Jam rhythm guitarist
  • Kevin Brown, King County Parks division director
  • Art Wolfe, wildlife and landscape photographer
  • Eric Corey Freed, organicARCHITECT principal
  • Kim Munizza, Mithun, principal
  • Aaron Adelstein, Built Green executive director
  • Chris Toher, Skanska executive vice president and general manager
  • Bill Schwartz, King County Parks Capital Improvement Program manager, small projects
  • Andy Wappler, Puget Sound Energy vice president of corporate affairs
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