BSB Design Challenge: Winners Announced!

December 6, 2018

In September, BSB Design Leadership announced its’ latest design challenge for employees to develop a solution to affordable housing for under $2,500, intended to update the current Abod design. The design had to be at least 150 sq. ft. and accommodate a family of four.

Last week, elected judges from within the company met at our headquarters to review the 11 entries.

nullBSB Design’s involvement with Abod Shelters, a non profit providing affordable housing, and our involvement with Joppa Outreach, designing tiny home villages for homeless individuals led to this design challenge. The current Abod design offers a classic elegance that adapts well for a broad range of uses but needed to be redefined to be taken into the future. The 11 teams worked over the last several weeks to design and develop a new iteration that can be manufactured and packaged for global distribution.

The 1st place winning design, Team PLACE, consisted of five individuals out of BSB Design’s Tampa office; Ed Binkley / Director of Design, Bob Boyd / Director of Land Planning, Josh Nieland / Project Manager, Jolanta Bauer / Director of Architecture Development and Camila Gioppo / Senior Intern Architect.


nullTeam PLACE designed a prototype, V3, that successfully upgraded the current Abod design for the future, but also could be transformed with add-ons for use as tiny homes, resort communities, personal auxiliary buildings and a multitude of functions beyond the initial design challenge goal. Other uses include use within the Tiny Home market, millennial’s or first-time buyers as an affordable housing option, auxiliary buildings or personal home lots that can be used for AirBNB, guests or rental income as well as student housing and affordable apartment units.



The model sits at 8 feet wide and 20 feet long, at 160 sq. ft. The design has an option to add on a bath and/or kitchen module, as well as additional square feet for more living space.

Stay tuned for the runner up designs in our blog!