The Steel Joist Institute is now accepting entries for its 2009 Design Awards. The winning entries will be announced in November 2009 and the company with the winning project in each category will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship in its name to a school of its choice for an engineering student.
The awards will be presented in three categories:
• Industrial (i.e. distribution centers, warehouses and light manufacturing)
• Non-industrial (i.e. office buildings, schools, and churches)
• Unique applications (i.e. projects with a unique application of steel joists)
Judging of each entry is evaluated and based on the following criteria:
• Flexibility – What role did flexibility play in how the steel joists were utilized? Did the project need to allow for an addition later? Were steel joists selected over other structural systems because of flexibility?
• Speed of construction – How quickly did the construction and erection of the steel joists take place? Was weather a factor?
• Value – How did the cost of the project compare with the results? Was the overall cost of the project a good value?
• Aesthetic considerations – Did the use of steel joists enhance the overall appearance of the project?
For more information, visit the 2009 Design Awards webpage.