Ten structural steel building projects have earned national recognition in the 2016 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2).
Conducted annually by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the IDEAS2 awards recognize exceptional structural steel projects across the country. The award is the highest honor bestowed on building projects by the structural steel industry in the U.S.
“The 2016 IDEAS2 winners demonstrate that innovation and creativity can be found on building projects of every size and description,” Roger E. Ferch, P.E., president of AISC, said in a statement. “Steel continues to provide excellent solutions for the entire design and construction team, from architects, engineers and developers to general contractors, fabricators and erectors.”
Categories are listed below. Each project was judged on its use of structural steel from both an architectural and structural engineering perspective, with an emphasis on:
- Creative solutions to the project’s program requirements
- Applications of innovative design approaches in areas such as connections, gravity systems, lateral load resisting systems, fire protection and blast
- Aesthetic and visual impact of the project
- Innovative use of architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS)
- Technical or architectural advances in the use of the steel
- The use of innovative design and construction methods.
The 10 IDEAS2 winners were chosen from nearly 100 submissions received from architectural, engineering and construction firms throughout the U.S.
The program also recognizes the importance of teamwork, coordination and collaboration in fostering successful construction projects. Awards for each winning project are presented to the project team members involved in the design and construction of the structural framing system, including the owner, architect, structural engineer, general contractor, and the steel detailer, fabricator, and erector.
The awards are presented to the team members at ceremonies held at each of the winning projects during the year. Here are the 2016 award-winning projects:
Projects Less Than $15 Million
National Award: American Physical Society, Ridge, N.Y.
Architect: Marvel Architects, New York
Structural Engineer: Gilsanz Murray Steficek, New York
General Contractor: T.G. Nickel & Associates, Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
Read more about the American Physical Society building here.
National Award: Vertical House, Dallas
Architect: Miró Rivera Architects, Austin, Texas
Structural Engineer: Datum Engineers, Austin, Texas
General Contractor: Withheld at Owner’s Request
Read more about the Vertical House here.
Merit Award: The Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center, Little Rock, Ark.
Architect: Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects, Little Rock, Ark.
Structural Engineer: Engineering Consultants, Inc., Little Rock, Ark.
General Contractor: East Harding Construction, Little Rock, Ark.
Read more about the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center here.
Merit Award: Principal Riverwalk Pavilion, Des Moines, Iowa
Architect: Substance, Des Moines, Iowa
Structural Engineer: Charles Saul Engineering, Des Moines, Iowa
General Contractor: Covenant Construction Services, Waukee, Iowa
Read more about the Principal Riverwalk Pavilion here.
Projects $15 Million to $75 Million
National Award: Nu Skin Innovation Center, Provo, Utah
Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Structural Engineer: Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Seattle
General Contractor: Okland Construction, Salt Lake City, Utah
Read more about the Nu Skin Innovation Center here.
National Award: Rutgers University School of Business, Piscataway, N.J.
Design Architect: TEN Arquitectos, New York
Executive Architect: Richard Bienenfeld AIA, New Rochelle, N.Y.
Structural Engineer: WSP, New York
General Contractor: Century 21 Construction, River Edge, N.J.
Read more about the Rutgers University School of Business here.
Projects Greater than $75 Million
National Award: National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion, New York
Architect: Snøhetta, New York
Architect: Adamson Associates International, New York
Structural Engineer: BuroHappold Engineering, New York
General Contractor: Bovis Lend Lease, New York
Read more about the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion here.
Merit Award: Mariposa Land Port of Entry, Nogales, Ariz.
Architect: Jones Studio, Phoenix
Structural Engineer: Bakkum Noelke Consulting, Phoenix
General Contractor: Hensel Phelps, Phoenix
Read more about the Mariposa Land Port of Entry here.
Presidential Award of Excellence in Engineering
Emerson College Los Angeles, Los Angeles
Architect: Morphosis, Culver City, Calif.
Structural Engineer: John A. Martin & Associates, Inc., Los Angeles
General Contractor: Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Co., Los Angeles
Read more about the Emerson College Los Angeles here.
Jury Recognition — Sculpture/Art Installation Category
The Gourd, San Antonio, Texas
Architect: Overland Partners, San Antonio
Structural Engineer: Datum Engineers, San Antonio
General Contractor: Overland Workshop, San Antonio
Read more about The Gourd here.