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AISC Announces IDEAS Award Winners

May 21, 2004 From American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc.

From the innovation of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh to the beauty of the Reiman Gardens Conservatory Complex in Ames, IA, the winners of the Innovative Design Excellence in Architecture with Steel (IDEAS) awards represent some of the most exciting recent architecture.

The IDEAS awards recognize those designs where structural steel forms a prominent architectural feature of a building, either as an interior or exterior application. Projects are judged on:

    • Aesthetic and visual impact of the project;
    • Application of innovative design approaches in areas such as connections, gravity systems, lateral load resisting systems, fire protection and blast;
    • Innovative use of architecturally exposed structural steel;
    • Technical advancement in the use of structural steel in the architectural expression; and
    • Creativity and sensitivity in the combination of structural steel elements with other materials.


US $100M and greater

National Winner:

David L. Lawrence Convention Center – Pittsburgh, PA
Rafael Viñoly Architects, P.C. – New York, NY

Merit Award:

Soldier Field and North Burnham Park Redevelopment – Chicago, IL
Wood + Zapata – Boston, MA
Lohan Caprile Goettsch Architects – Chicago, IL


US $25M or greater, but less than US $100M

Merit Award:

Erie on the Park – Chicago, IL
Lucien Lagrange Architects, Ltd. – Chicago, IL

Merit Award:

ADC Telecommunications, World Headquarters – Eden Prairie, MN
Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc. – Minneapolis, MN


US $10M or greater, but less than US $25M

National Winner:

Airmore - Hangar One – Scottsdale, AZ Swaback Partners – Scottsdale, AZ

Merit Award:

Tunica RiverPark – Tunica Resorts, MS
Williamson Pounders Architects – Memphis, TN


Less than US $10M

National Winner:

Reiman Gardens Conservatory Complex – Ames, IA
Smith Metzger Architects – Des Moines, IA

Merit Award:

Tower House – Chicago, IL
Frederick Phillips and Associates, Inc. – Chicago, IL

Merit Award:

The John Chrystal Center, Grinnell College – Grinnell, IA
Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck Architecture – Des Moines, IA

Merit Award:

Will Rogers World Airport Snow Barn – Oklahoma City, OK
Elliot + Associates Architects – Oklahoma City, OK


This year's jurors were:

    • Mr. Charles Linn, FAIA, Senior Editor
      Architectural Record
    • Mr. Thomas Meyer, AIA, Principal
      Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd., Minneapolis
    • Mr. David Brems, AIA, Principal
      Gillies Stransky Brems Smith PC, Salt Lake City, UT
    • Mr. George D. Halkias, AIA
      Astorino, Pittsburgh, PA


For more information contact:

Scott Melnick
VP of Communications
(312) 670-8314
[email protected]

American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information. 

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