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Innovative Structural Steel Projects Earn National Awards

June 2, 2010 from American Institute of Steel Construction

(Chicago) – Twelve structural steel building projects have earned national recognition in the 2010 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 structural steel projects around the country.

The winning projects were announced on May 12 during AISC’s 2010 Steel Conference in Orlando. A panel of design and construction industry professionals identified National and Merit winners in three categories, based on 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 President’s Award of Excellence to two projects for structural engineering accomplishment.

Covering an array of project types from a widely known National Football League stadium, to a cantilevered corporate office space above a warehouse and shop, to a unique storage barn, to a bold and geometrically complex contemporary museum, to a tower likely to be the first sustainable high-rise building in the world, to a ‘moving’ performance venue that can transform the audience chamber into various configurations, the 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, with an emphasis on creative solutions to project requirements; design innovation; aesthetic and visual impact of the project; innovative use of architecturally exposed structural steel; technical or architectural advances in the use of the steel; the use of innovative design and construction methods; and sustainable design and construction.

The 12 IDEAS2 winners were chosen from nearly 100 submissions received from architectural and engineering firms throughout the U.S. The 2010 award winning projects include:

Projects Less Than $15 Million

  • National Award: Lamar Corporate Headquarters, Hudsonville, Mich.
  • National Award: Fishers Island Residence, Fishers Island, N.Y.
  • Merit Award: Burnham Pavilion, Chicago
  • Merit Award: Storage Barn, Washington, Conn.

Projects $15 Million to $75 Million

  • National Award: Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Dallas
  • National Award: Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
  • National Award: Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock, Ark.

Projects Greater than $75 Million

  • National Award: Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, New York
  • National Award: Lincoln Center Juliard School Alice Tully Hall, New York
  • Merit Award: Crystals (City Center), Las Vegas

President’s Award of Excellence in Engineering

  • Cowboys Stadium, Dallas
  • L.A. Live, Los Angeles

Roger E. Ferch, P.E., president of AISC, commented, “The 2010 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 fabricators, erectors, and general contractors. Congratulations to the award-winning teams for projects that combine creativity, economy, and technical achievement through the use of structural steel.”

Photos of the winning projects are available upon request. Please contact Tasha O’Berski at AISC via email, [email protected], or by phone, 312.670.5439.


For more information contact:

Tasha O'Berski
Communications Department
(312) 670-5439
[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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