Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts wins AISC IDEAS2 Presidential Award
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO, has won AISC's top design award for 2012 - the Presidential Award of Excellence in Engineering and Architecture. The project was submitted by the Design Engineer, Arup's New York office. The Design Architect was Moshe Safdie out of Massachusetts. The local project team in Kansas City included BNIM Architects and Structural Engineering Associates. The General Contractor was JE Dunn, also of Kansas City. The main structural steel fabricator on the job was Hirschfeld Industries of San Angelo, TX, and Midwest Steel of Detroit handled erection. Shaped Steel of Liberty, MO, did the specialty rolling of the steel, and Bratton Steel in Kansas City performed fabrication on the miscellaneous steel.
The structure included approximately 4,000 tons of structural steel. The innovative curved steel trusses were a highlight of the project and highly visible to those driving on the nearby I-35 -- I-70 interchange. Read the Modern Steel Construction article to learn about the unique project challenges here.
A full list of all 2012 IDEAS2 award winners and more information on the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts can be found here.
If you would like to nominate your project for a 2013 IDEAS2 award, visit: www.aisc.org/ideas2
SteelDay 2012 planning in full swing!
SteelDay 2012 will take place on September 28, 2012. In 2011, more than 10,000 people attended one of 200 free events across the country. In the Great Plains Region, highlights from 2011 included construction site tours at the new TD Ameritrade HQ Construction site in Omaha, NE, and the Irwin Army Community Hospital Replacement Facility at Ft. Riley, KS. The TD Ameritrade HQ was constructed with both traditional composite structural steel and the CMC Smartbeam castellated system. The Irwin Army Community Hospital was constructed with the innovative SidePlate Frame system. Between the two tours, approximately 400 designers, students, and area officials took advantage of the opportunity to see innovative, cutting-edge construction systems in action. In the Dallas area, the annual Gerdau multi-facility tour expanded to include a construction site tour at the First Baptist Church in downtown Dallas. The Bi-State Fabricators group in St. Louis hosted its Fall Engineering breakfast followed by tours at various fabrication shops. Topping Out Erection in Omaha, NE, hosted its annual Equipment Rodeo, where 170 attendees learned about (and were able to operate) various types of equipment used in Steel Erection.
Visit the SteelDay 2012 website at www.aisc.org/steelday for information, ideas, and tips about hosting or attending an event this year.
AISC releases new Healthcare presentation geared to YOUR project needs
AISC Great Plains Regional Engineer Erika Winters-Downey debuted a new presentation highlighting the advantages of structural steel framing for healthcare projects to the Kansas City Area Healthcare Engineers (regional chapter of ASHE) on April 10. There were approximately 100 attendees at this chapter meeting, ranging from hospital administrators, architects/engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, and vendors. General comments from all parties indicated that the presentation was very well received and contained valuable information applicable to all parties involved in hospital administration and design.
The presentation highlights the current marketplace conditions and trends of the healthcare construction sector. It also walks attendees through the steel supply chain, innovative systems, and several case studies of recently completed structural steel framed healthcare projects. For more information or to schedule this presentation or other structural steel related presentations for your group, contact the Steel Solutions Center (firstname.lastname@example.org).
AISC partners with SidePlate and Bentley for summer seminar series
Join us for a free half day seminar exploring what's new at AISC, innovative application of the SidePlate connection system, and how to utilize Bentley software for your specific project challenges. This half day seminar will feature speakers from SidePlate, Bentley Software, and AISC. The seminars are free to attend and will provide 4.0 PDH's. Advance Registration is required.
The American Institute of Steel Construction will update you on local and national construction industry trends that can directly help you on your next structural steel project. Engineers will gain knowledge in innovative new framing systems, emerging construction markets in this economy, look into new sustainability design demands such as combating thermal steel bridging, and explore the basics of what engineers need to know about Chapter N of the 2010 AISC Specification - which focuses on quality control and quality assurance.
Dates in the Great Plains Region:
- Denver - July 31
- Omaha - August 1
- Kansas City - August 2
For more information and to register: www.sideplate.com
What Can I Do To Help YOU?
Erika will be on maternity leave through July. Please contact the AISC Steel Solutions Center with technical inquiries, project conceptual study ideas, and requests for presentations. For future reference, Erika’s full contact information can be found HERE and also at www.aisc.org/myregion.
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