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Lincoln Center Julliard School’s Alice Tully Hull Wins National Architecture and Engineering Award

September 20, 2010 from American Institute of Steel Construction

(Chicago, IL) – The Lincoln Center Julliard School‘s Alice Tully Hull project in New York City has earned national recognition in the 2010 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2), and members of the project team will be presented with awards from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) during a public ceremony at Alice Tully Hall at 10 am on Wednesday, September 22. Conducted annually by AISC, the IDEAS2 awards recognize outstanding achievements in engineering and architecture on structural steel projects around the country.

The awards presentation will take place two days before SteelDay (September 24) – a national day of networking and learning related to the structural steel industry in the U.S. In celebration of SteelDay, AISC, with the support of Owen Steel Company and the Steel Institute of New York, is hosting an evening presentation on “Building an Award Winning Structure,” followed by a networking reception in the Samuel B. and David Rose Building at Lincoln Center Plaza. Lincoln Center Julliard School’s Alice Tully Hall will be among the IDEAS2 award-winning projects discussed during the presentation. Currently, attendee registration is available for the networking reception portion of the evening only. Guests may register at www.SteelDay.org/SteelDayRegistration.

Project team members include owner Lincoln Center Development Project, New York; architect Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York, in collaboration with FXFOWLE, New York; structural engineer ARUP (AISC Member), New York; general contractor Turner Construction Company (IMPACT Member), New York.

The Lincoln Center Julliard School, Alice Tully Hall project is a recipient of a National Award in the category of projects Greater than $75 Million, making it one of only seven projects around the country to receive the National honor. Each year, the IDEAS2 awards honor National and Merit award 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. Each project is 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 steel; the use of innovative design and construction methods; and sustainable design.

The transformation of the Julliard School and Alice Tully Hall opens the existing building to the neighborhood making it more accessible to the public. The project adds approximately 150,000 sq. ft of new space, and at the same time upgrades interior finishes, building services, and life safety systems in the existing building.

“Simple and elegant in the heart of downtown NYC,” commented Todd Alwood, LEED AP, manager of certification business development, AISC, Chicago, and a judge in the competition. “The Lincoln Center expansion is a vibrate addition to the city and will be a milestone for future urban projects and experiences.”

All of the construction work on this project had to be coordinated with the ongoing operation of the school, activities on the campus, and performance and event schedules for Alice Tully Hall, which was dark for only one season. During the five years of design and construction, the project team created and coordinated multiple packages of documents corresponding to the logistical challenges and sequencing of the work. Temporary spaces were created to replace functions impacted by construction. Construction managers, design team and owner’s project managers exercised a high level of oversight during construction to minimize conflicts and mitigate unforeseen field conditions.

This challenge was magnified by a desire for the highest quality levels in selection of materials and craftsmanship. Most of the interior finishes and exterior curtain walls are one-of-a-kind systems, specifically created for this project. The interior wall panels of Alice Tully Hall are a unique laminate of super thin wood veneer on resin panels. The eastern façade of the Julliard School is a highly customized, highly translucent glass wall to open the building to the public.

Complex structural elements, duct runs, curtain walls and wall panels were designed and built using 3D modeling technologies, which the engineers and architects also used for interdisciplinary coordination.

The structure of Alice Tully Hall uses a smart, cost efficient partial-box-in-box construction in combination with rail isolation on the subway lines to isolate the hall from the vibrations of the 7th Avenue Subway. In addition, new HVAC systems lower the background noise imposed on the space. A new high-performance inner liner is acoustically engineered to distribute sound evenly through the house. Thin layers of Moabe veneer laminated to three-dimensionally curved resin panels are tailored around all existing hall features, eliminating “visual noise” that distracts the audience from the performance.

The improved facilities will allow Lincoln Center to continue its tradition in offering world-class performances and education to local, national, and international audiences. With its innovative use of new materials, unique space generating structure, interface of new and old, logistical and schedule challenges, the project pushed New York’s design and contractor community to the boundaries of construction technologies and what could be built, setting a new standard for future buildings to come in this city.

The expansion of the Julliard School of Music above Alice Tully Hall is facilitated by a number of parallel, west-east running, store-high, steel mega-trusses, which cantilever over a new public plaza and create a unique architectural space. The mega-trusses are made up of W14 sections weighing up to 398 lb/ft. in a complex layering of additional secondary trusses and tertiary beams floor plates are made up of concrete on metal decking and built up or hung down from the mega-trusses.

Construction started in spring of 2007 and lasted through February 2009. The project opened on schedule in February 2009 earning unique critical acclaim in the construction industry.

The 12 IDEAS2 winners for 2010 were chosen from nearly 100 submissions received by architectural and engineering firms throughout the U.S. Each submission is reviewed and award winners are selected by a nationally recognized panel of design and construction industry professionals.

The IDEAS2 awards are the highest project-based awards bestowed by the structural steel industry, with the annual program dating back over 70 years to the earliest years of AISC’s existence. Roger E. Ferch, P.E. president of AISC, said, “The entire Lincoln Center Julliard School, Alice Tully Hall project team has shown how structural steel can be used to create structures that combine beauty and practicality. The result is a building that serves its city extremely well, while providing an example of what can be achieved when designing and constructing projects with steel.”

High-resolution photos of the Lincoln Center Julliard School, Alice Tully Hall project are available upon request. Please contact Tasha O’Berski at 312.670.5439 or [email protected].

Lincoln Center Julliard School Alice Tully Hall

Photo credit: 2010 AISC IDEAS2 Awards: Iwan Baan/Iwan Baan Photography


For more information contact:

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





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