Merit Badge Series - Architecture


Oct 3, 2018 7:00 pm to Oct 6, 2018 3:00 pm



One World Observatory
285 Fulton Street
New York, NY 10006


Join us for the Architecture merit badge for 2 class sessions (both needed to complete badge): 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at the West Islip Public Library from 7:00pm-9:00pm

Saturday, October 6, 2018 at One World Obervatory and Lower Manhattan from 9:30am - 3:00pm


Prerequisite Requirements: 4


Notes for Architecture Merit Badge: 

1.  Scouts must be in Class A uniform

2. If you are unable to attend the October 3 meeting you can contact the counselor, Jim Weydig, to complete those at another time. 

3. Everyone, scouts and parents, should wear sneakers in the city as we'll be taking a walking tour of lower manhattan.

4.  Bring a poncho and lunch/snacks into the city.

5. It is recommended that parents accompany their scouts into the city.


Schedule for Architecture Merit Badge:

Wednesday, October 3 (West Islip Public Library)

7:00pm-9:00pm: Complete requirements 1b, 5 and review completed prerequisite requirement 4


Saturday, October 6 (One World Observatory and Walking Tour of Lower Manhattan)

9:45am:  Arrival at One World Trade Center - Gathering outside of the West Side of the Building at the corner of West Street and Vesey Street.

10:00am: Enter One World Observatory
• Follow the instructions given by One World Observatory operations staff to proceed to security check in
• Go through security check in and proceed into our Global Welcoming Center
• Proceed through our Global Welcoming Center, Voices, and Foundations experiences and enter our Sky Pod Elevators
• After exiting the elevators enter our See Forever Theater where you will watch a minute-and-a-half presentation
• Following the presentation, the group is free to by-pass the OWEP presentation and See Forever Imaging in order to get to the North Lobby (“N” in the ground) in a timely fashion

10:30am: Begin gathering around our Tour Ambassadors to begin presentation
• After exiting the theater, you will proceed down to our 100th floor and gather around the our Tour Ambassadors

10:40am: Architecture Merit Badge Presentation begins at the North side of the Observatory
• Our Architecture Merit Badge Counselors will present you with a half an hour-long presentation
• A brief history of Architecture in New York City
• Fulfill requirement 2(a): This presentation will focus on sustainable energy and will
identify 3 characteristics of green buildings
• Fulfill requirement 2(b): The difference between renewable building materials and
recycled building materials will be discussed
• Fulfill requirement 2(d): We will discuss how building materials can be reused when
they are no longer serve their original purpose
• Fulfill requirement 2(c): Finally, the importance of a building to its surroundings will be
discussed with a focus on the importance of One World Trade Center to Lower
• Throughout the show conversation and questions will be encouraged to make the show
as interactive as possible

11:15am: Fulfill Requirement 3(c) on the 100th Floor of One World Observatory
• Your Merit Badge Counselor will act as your client and task you to build a replica of One
World Trade Center
• The requirements for the building are given on the next page

12:15pm - 12:30pm: Fulfill Requirement 1(a)
• View the skyline and identify buildings that can be associated with a specific time period
• Sketch the building you most admire

12:30pm-3:00pm: Walking tour of Lower Manhattan to complete Requirement 1(a)


Architect Interview at One World Observatory
Merit Badge Requirement 3C

Thank you for choosing One World Observatory as your venue to earn your Architecture Merit Badge. The goal of One World Observatory is to provide an inspiring experience that drives the passion of our guests, and in your case, future architects!  With that being said, I am glad to take you on as my architect to construct New York’s next amazing skyscraper. We have a very specific set of requirements necessary for our building that are given below. Please use the information that you learned today about One World Trade Center and New York’s other iconic skyscrapers to make this proposal.

~ The building must meet the requirements of an LEED Platinum Certified building.
~ The building must use renewable materials to power the building, examples of renewable materials will be necessary.
~ At least 3 features of green building need to be present.
~ The building must reflect the area in which it is located.
~ Since this building will be located in downtown Manhattan, you will need to use a variety of historical aspects of the area in its design.
~ A plan for how the building will positively impact its surroundings is necessary.
~ The design of the building must make it possible for the building to withstand a variety of weather situations. Explain the steps your building is taking to make it as safe as possible during these situations.
~ This including superstorms (ex. Superstorm Sandy), flooding and high winds.
~ This will be an office building that will need to be home to at least 75 office floors.

Please build into your design other maintenance floors that will be necessary.  The goal of this project is to create a modern skyscraper that is meaningful to its surroundings and positively impacts the community. Please explain how all of the requirements are related and how they will make the building as functional as possible.  Thank you again for taking on this project and please use the view from One World Observatory to assist you in your design.

Position Name Telephone
Senior District Executive - Benjamin Tallmadge Bobby Rabbitt (631) 924-7000 x117 Email