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12 Innovative Structural Steel Building Projects Earn National Awards

Twelve structural steel building projects have earned national recognition in the 2014 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 outstanding achievements in engineering and architecture on steel-framed building projects throughout the U.S. The award is the highest honor bestowed on building projects by the structural steel industry in the U.S. and recognizes the importance of teamwork, coordination and collaboration in fostering successful construction projects.

The winning projects and their respective team members were recognized today during AISC’s 2014 NASCC: The Steel Conference in Toronto. Each year, 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.

A panel of design and construction industry professionals identified National and Merit winners in three categories, based on total constructed value: projects less than
$15 million; projects $15 million to $75 million; and projects greater than $75 million. In addition, the panel awarded a Presidential Award of Excellence in Engineering to one project for structural engineering accomplishment.

Covering an array of project types, this year’s IDEAS2 winners demonstrate the flexible and effective solutions provided by structural steel on a wide variety of building projects. 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; technical or architectural advances in the use of the steel; and the use of innovative design and construction methods.

The 12 IDEAS2 winners were chosen from nearly 100 submissions received from architectural, engineering and construction firms throughout the U.S. The 2014 award-winning projects are:

Projects Less Than $15 Million

  • National Award: San Diego Main Public Library Dome, San Diego
  • Merit Award: Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center, Battle Creek, Mich.
  • Merit Award: United Therapeutics Pedestrian Connector, Silver Spring, Md.

Projects $15 Million to $75 Million

  • National Award: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Federal Center South Building 1202, Seattle
  • Merit Award: Brookfield Place Entry Pavilion, New York
  • Merit Award: Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, Mich.
  • Merit Award: Onondaga Community College, Ferrante Hall Academic II Addition, Syracuse, N.Y.

Projects Greater than $75 Million

  • National Award: Newport Beach Civic Center and Park, Newport Beach, Calif.
  • Merit Award: Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology, Philadelphia
  • Merit Award: Salt Lake City Public Safety Building, Salt Lake City
  • Merit Award: U.S. Courthouse, San Diego, San Diego

Presidential Award of Excellence in Engineering

  • One World Trade Center, New York

Roger E. Ferch, P.E., president of AISC, commented, “The 2014 IDEAS2 winners demonstrate that innovation and creativity can be found on building projects of every size and description. Steel continues to provide excellent solutions for the entire design and construction team, from architects, engineers and developers to general contractors, fabricators and erectors. Congratulations to the award-winning teams for projects that combine creativity, economy and technical achievement through the use of structural steel.”

For more information about the IDEAS2 awards program, visit