Box Fort Competition Sweeping Campuses
There's a different kind of RecycleMania rivalry brewing on campuses across the country. For the past few years, Brigham Young University, Harvard, and University of Nevada, Las Vegas among other campuses have been competing to see who can build the largest structure out of cardboard boxes and tape. Not only that, but they are keeping official tabs on who holds the title on RecordSetter.com, a site that allows anyone with a video camera to set a world record, as long as it's documented.
The Story of the Cardboard Box Fort Competition
The rivalry began when four young men in Utah set the world record for "cardboard box fort," and submitted their video proof to RecordSetter.com. Meanwhile, a Harvard student with a penchant for record-setting stumbled upon the original box fort and set out to beat the record. Laura D'Asano employed custodians, dormmates, and a building manager to help save boxes until she had enough to break the record.
A Rivarly is Born
BYU's Bill Rudy set out to break Harvard's record. When Rudy and his team succeeded, they found out that the original record-setters in Utah had been BYU students themselves! After that, UNLV jumped in and broke the record until Laura and her fellow Crimsons struck back to set a new record. Since then Duke University and UT Austin have have joined the fun, taking this competition to new heights!
- Watch a video of BYU's castle being constructed in March 2013
- The University of Texas, Austin built an impressive structure in true Longhorn style.
Current Record-holder: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
As part of their ninth straight year participating in RecycleMania, recycling manager Jay Price and the UT Knoxville team created “Fort Box” to raise awareness about waste reduction and recycling in February 2014. The team battled blustery wind that blew down each wall of their fort at least once, but with a little help from recycled-content tape and a lot of elbow grease, they succeeded in building an 80 x 742 x 7 ft tall structure made from a record-breaking 4,822 boxes!