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Innovative Structural Steel Projects Receive National Awards

April 23, 2012 from American Institute of Steel Construction

(Chicago, IL) – Ten structural steel building projects have earned national recognition in the 2012 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) awards program. 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.

The winning projects were recognized on April 18 during AISC’s 2012 NASCC: The Steel Conference in Grapevine, Texas. 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 Presidential Award of Excellence to one project for structural engineering and architectural 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 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 10 IDEAS2 winners were chosen from nearly 100 submissions received from architecture and engineering firms throughout the U.S. The 2012 award-winning projects are:

Projects Less Than $15 Million

  • National Award: Robert I. Schroder Pedestrian Overcrossing, Walnut Creek, Calif.
  • National Award: Campus Commons – The State University of New York at New Paltz
  • Merit Award: Pedestrian Walkway – St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Stockton, Calif.
  • Merit Award: Great American Tower at Queen City Square Roof-Top Tiara, Cincinnati, Ohio

Projects $15 Million to $75 Million

  • National Award: Robert B. Aikens Commons – University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • National Award: Centra at Metropark office building, Iselin, N.J.

Projects Greater than $75 Million

  • National Award: Irving Convention Center, Irving, Texas
  • Merit Award: UCSF Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building, San Francisco
  • Merit Award: Penn State Millennium Science Complex, University Park, Pa.

Presidential Award of Excellence in Engineering and Architecture

  • Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Mo.

The jury roster for this year’s awards program included: Owner: Osbourne K. Sims III, president and CEO, Sims Properties Development & Management, Inc., Chicago; Architect: Wayne Perlenfein, AIA, principal, Federal Government division, Perkins+Will, Washington, D.C.; Structural Engineer: Asma Momin, P.E., associate, PageSoutherlandPage, Dallas; General Contractor: Dan Labriola, project executive, Pepper Construction Co., Tinley Park, Ill.; Steel Fabricator: Ted Hazledine, president and CEO, Benchmark Steel, Terre Haute, Ind.; Trade Media: Todd Rich, web and graphics systems editor and contributing editor to IQ magazine, Design-Build Institute of America, Washington, D.C.; AISC Staff: Andy Johnson, vice president of marketing (retired), Taos, N.M.; Engineering Student: Eric Liobis, senior, civil engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Ind.

Roger E. Ferch, P.E., president of AISC, commented, “The 2012 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.”

For more information about the IDEAS2 awards program and to view a photo slideshow of this year's winners, visit www.aisc.org/ideas2. To request high-resolution images, please contact Tasha Weiss at AISC, [email protected], 312.670.5439.


For more information contact:

Tasha Weiss
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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