Saturday June 3, 2017
As of noon today, City of Galveston and NOAA are reporting progressively optimistic tide and weather conditions for Saturday. Sandcastle will continue as planned.
As of Tuesday May 30th, Sandcastle is still scheduled for Saturday June 3rd. The decision to reschedule or cancel the event will be made within 24 hours of the scheduled event (most likely the morning of the event) based on beach and road conditions in Galveston at that time as well as current weather information from NOAA. We will immediately update our website and social media pages if and when a decision is made. Teams and sponsors will receive direct notice by email to the contact provided at the time of registration. Thank you.
Galveston, TX 77550
Educational Boards Sponsor
First Aid Tent Sponsor
Friends of Sandcastle
Team Registration Information
The 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition will take place on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at East Beach in Galveston, TX. All registration forms are linked below. Teams must register by 5pm on Monday May 8th to participate in the competition. All team forms are due by Monday May 8th.
Competition Rules - New categories in 2017. Please read. Thanks!
Theme and Category Form- NEW CATEGORIES!!!
2017 Theme Based Categories:
Each Team is permitted to enter only ONE of the Theme Based Categories listed below.
Best Architectural Icon
Best Traditional Castle
Kidtastic!- LEGO Edition (A rotating theme: this year all things LEGO)
Houston-centric (Any and all things Houston)
Best Science Fiction Theme
Best Sports Theme
Returning Overall Categories
Each team is automatically entered in each of the Overall Categories listed below
Gold Bucket (1st Place)
Silver Shovel (2nd Place)
Bronze Shovel (3rd Place)
Honorable Mention (4th, 5th and 6th Place)
AIA College Challenge (awarded only to university student teams)
Best Team Signage
Best Team T-Shirt
Tallest Standing Structure
Most Sustainable Team (All teams will receive a sustainable rating from a team of judges rating everything from water delivery systems to recycling efforts and formwork. The team with the highest score will receive an award. Stay tuned for more details.)
AIA Sandcastle has a block of rooms at the Hilton Galveston Island Resort. Make your reservations online by clicking here (online code: AIA) or call 409-744-5000 and ask for the AIA Sandcastle rate (phone code: Sandcastle Competition 2017).
Each team will receive a free team sign to display at the beach. Thomas Printworks generously provides this service for all teams as our event underwriter. Deadline for sign file submission is Tuesday, May 18th.