Steel Joist Institute award winners

August 11, 2010

Each first-place team received a cash prize and a custom-designed, three-dimensional award depicting the use of steel joists.

First-place winning entries include:

Unique Applications Category
University of Illinois football facility in Urbana, Ill.
Structural Engineering Firm: Tylk Gustafson Reckers Wilson Andrews, Chicago, Ill.
Steel Fabricator: United Steel Fabricators, Inc., Indianapolis, Ind.


Necessity was the inspiration in this steel joist project. The football team's need for large, open, column-free space and specific height clearances at certain points led the designers to use an arched structural steel box truss spanning 320 degrees. The remainder of the roof is supported by sloping 56' deep bar joists supported by the main truss and perimeter framing. The bar joists allowed a large amount of roof to be constructed in a short amount of time (16 working days).

In addition to being a constructible solution, the design allowed them architectural and aesthetic flexibility.

  • Non-Industrial Products Category
    First Alliance Church in Erie, Pa.
    Structural Engineering Firm: Steele Structural Engineering, Erie, Pa.
    Steel Fabricator: Erie Steel Products, Erie, Pa.




The use of steel joists was perfect for the congregation's aesthetic and economic needs. Steel joists give the light, open feeling to the sanctuary the congregation desired while saving them money. Steel joists allowed flexibility in floor/low and high roof framing through the use of K, VS, DLH and KCS Series joists.

Long span joists allowed designers to leave certain walls non-bearing making their plans for future additions to the sanctuary possible.

The preliminary budget for a glue-laminated timber based shell was 30 percent higher than the steel joist structure. The savings more than paid for the building fit-out (pews, floor covering, sound system, stage lighting and custom woodworking).

  • Industrial Products Category
    Valeo Electronics Assembly Facility in Fort Worth, Texas
    Structural Engineering Firm: GideonToal, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas
    Steel Fabricator: North Texas Steel Company, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas




The challenge in this project was to achieve architectural and technical coherence. The administration and manufacturing departments had different requirements that needed to blend together in one structure. The administration area consists of 1½ wide rib metal deck supported by K-Series steel joists spanning 50 feet to 70 feet. To achieve a flexible manufacturing area, one column in the center of the area was used. Steel trusses located along the center of the manufacturing area span north to south and support LH-Series long-span joists which span 105 feet. The LH joists support a 3' metal deck.

Steel joists allowed open-space flexibility as well as providing the high-tech industrial look desired by Valeo Electronics.



An honorable mention award will be given to:
West Angeles Cathedral in Los Angeles, Calif.
Structural Engineer: Brandow & Johnston Associates, Los Angeles, Calif.
Category: Unique Applications

Northbrook Library in Northbrook, Ill.
Structural Engineer: Barry Goldberg & Company, Skokie, Ill.
Category: Non-Industrial

Boeing Rocket Center in Decatur, Ala.
Structural Engineer: The Austin Company, Irvine, Calif.
Category: Industrial

Des Moines 'Register' newspaper facility in Des Moines, Iowa
Structural Engineer: Shive-Hattery, Inc., Des Moines, Iowa
Category: Industrial














A panel of outside professionals evaluated the 2000 Design Awards Program entries based upon flexibility, speed of construction, cost and aesthetics. The Steel Joist Institute will accept entries for its 2001 Design Awards Program beginning next fall.

The Steel Joist Institute is a not-for-profit organization. Besides setting standards for the steel joist industry, The Steel Joist Institute works closely with major building code bodies throughout the country helping to develop code regulations regarding steel joists and joist girders. The Institute also invests in ongoing research related to steel joists and joist girders and offers a complete library of publications and other training and research aids.

         
 

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