AISC's IDEAS² Awards


IDEAS² Awards

The 2023 IDEAS² Awards are now accepting entries!

The deadline is September 30, 2022.

 

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Why "IDEAS²"?

Because the program recognizes Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel. Awards for each winning project are presented to the project team members involved in the design and construction of the structural framing system—including the architect, structural engineer of record, general contractor, owner, and AISC member fabricator, erector, detailer, and bender-roller.

Eligibility

New buildings, as well as renovation, retrofit, and expansion projects, are eligible, and entries must meet the following criteria:
• A significant portion of the framing system must be wide-flange or hollow structural sections (HSS).
• Projects must have been completed between January 1, 2020, and September 30, 2022.
• Projects must be located in North America.
• Previous AISC IDEAS² award-winning projects are not eligible.

What are we looking for?

Judges consider each project's use of structural steel from both an architectural and structural engineering perspective, with an emphasis on:
• Creative solutions to the project's program requirements
• Applications of innovative design approaches in areas such as connections, gravity systems, lateral load-resisting systems, fire protection, and blast protection
• The aesthetic impact of the project, particularly in the coordination of structural steel elements with other materials
• Innovative uses of architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS)
• Advancements in the use of structural steel, either technically or in the architectural expression
• The use of innovative design and construction methods such as 3D building models, interoperability, early integration of steel fabricators, alternative methods of project delivery, and sustainability considerations

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2022 winners

A Seattle high-rise using a first-of-its-kind core system. A staircase that looks like a floating ribbon. A performance venue named for a rock-and-roll pioneer. A museum designed to look like an athlete in motion.

What do they all have in common?

They're all steel-framed. And they’re all winners.

Specifically, these four projects, as well as five others, are winners of the 2022 AISC IDEAS²  Awards.

Rainier Square and Rainier Tower at twilight
Presidential Award for Excellence in Structural Design
Rainier Square, Seattle
2Life Communities Administrative Offices
Merit Award: Less than $15 Million
2Life Communities Administrative Offices, Brighton, Mass.
L. Gale Lemerand Student CenterMerit Award: $15 Million to $75 Million
L. Gale Lemerand Student Center at Daytona State College, Daytona Beach, Fla.
US Olympic and Paralympic Museum
Merit Award: $15 Million to $75 Million
United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Allianz Field at night
National Award: $75 Million to $200 Million
Allianz Field, St. Paul, Minn.
The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences
National Award: $75 Million to $200 Million
The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences, Lubbock, Texas
International Spy Museum at night
Merit Award: $75 Million to $200 Million
International Spy Museum, Washington

One Vanderbilt with craneMerit Award: Greater than $200 Million
One Vanderbilt, New York

Ascension of the Celestial MaidenMerit Award: Sculpture/Art Installation/Non-building Structure
Ascension of the Celestial Maiden, New York

 

Due to the pandemic, the 2022 judging process was a bit different than in years past. Instead of having a small panel (typically five or so) judge every category, we expanded the number of judges and split the judging by category. We also had the submitters of the finalists/highest-scoring projects for each category submit brief videos. From there, National and Merit winners were decided.

AISC thanks this year's judges for their time and enthusiasm:

Less than $15 Million

• Scott Blair, Editor-in-Chief, Engineering News-Record
• Barbara Simpson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Oregon State University
• Blair Payson, AIA, Principal, Olson Kundig
• John Kennedy, SE, PE, Principal, Structural Affiliates International, Inc.
• Lisa Patel, Certification Technical Services Manager, AISC

$15 Million to $75 Million
• Geoff Weisenberger, Chief Editor, Modern Steel Construction, AISC
• Jeffrey Keileh, SE, PE, Project Manager, Plant Construction Company, LP
• David Fennell, Structural Steel Specialist, AISC
• Larry Fahnestock, PE, PhD, Professor and CEE Excellence Faculty Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
• James Puckhaber, AIA, Corporate Practice Leader – Atlanta, The S/L/A/M Collaborative

$75 Million to $200 Million
• Monica Shripka, PE, Director of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development, NCSEA
• Raymond Sweeney, PE, Associate, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
• Negar Elhami, PhD, Associate Professor, University at Buffalo
• Halliday Meisburger, AIA, Associate Partner, ZGF Architects, LLP
• Michael Gannon, SE, PE, Senior Engineer, AISC

Greater than $200 Million
• Nate Sosin, SE, PE, Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti
• Anthony Massari, PhD, PE, Associate Professor of Practice (Structures), The Ohio State University
• Bruce McEvoy, AIA, Principal, Design Director, Perkins & Will
• Jonathan Tavarez, PE, Senior Engineer, AISC

Sculptures/Art Installations/Non-building Structures
• Brian Ward, Senior Structural Steel Specialist, AISC
• Scott Melnick, Senior Vice President, AISC
• Rachel Chicchi Cross, SE, PhD, Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering, University of Cincinnati
• Joe Trammell, AIA, JD, Principal, Rule Joy Trammell Rubio
• David Eckmann, SE, PE, FAIA, Senior Principal, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

The winners will also be featured in the May 2022 issue of Modern Steel Construction magazine. In addition to substantial press support and publicity through AISC’s own print and online media, winning teams have the unique opportunity to present their projects to the AEC community during special webinars or live events throughout the year.

What are the IDEAS² Awards?

Sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction, the Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS²) Award program recognizes projects that illustrate the exciting possibilities of building with structural steel. The IDEAS² awards showcase the innovative use of structural steel in:

  • the accomplishment of the structure's program
  • the expression of architectural intent
  • the application of innovative design approaches to the structural system
  • leveraging productivity-enhancing construction methods

AISC’s award programs have celebrated landmark structures built with structural steel since 1960. These architectural icons span generations and stand the test of time. AISC recognizes and promotes these projects in recognition of their impact in terms of structural innovation, advances in safety, benefit to the local community, and environmental consciousness.

While many of the winners are landmark structures, the awards program also honors smaller, less well-known projects. What all of the winners share is a commitment to innovation and imaginative design!

Why "IDEAS²"? Because the program recognizes Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel. Awards for each winning project are presented to the project team members involved in the design and construction of the structural framing system—including the architect, structural engineer of record, general contractor, owner, and AISC member fabricator, erector, detailer, and bender-roller.

New buildings, as well as renovation, retrofit, and expansion projects, are eligible, and entries must meet the following criteria:
• A significant portion of the framing system must be wide-flange or hollow structural sections (HSS).
• Projects must have been completed between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2021.
• Projects must be located in North America.
• Previous AISC IDEAS² award-winning projects are not eligible.

This year’s judges considered each project's use of structural steel from both an architectural and structural engineering perspective, with an emphasis on:
• Creative solutions to the project's program requirements
• Applications of innovative design approaches in areas such as connections, gravity systems, lateral load-resisting systems, fire protection, and blast protection
• The aesthetic impact of the project, particularly in the coordination of structural steel elements with other materials
• Innovative uses of architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS)
• Advancements in the use of structural steel, either technically or in the architectural expression
• The use of innovative design and construction methods such as 3D building models, interoperability, early integration of steel fabricators, alternative methods of project delivery, and sustainability considerations

The entries were placed in four categories, according to their constructed value in U.S. dollars:
• Less than $15 million
• $15 million to $75 million
• $75 million to $200 million
• Greater than $200 million

Award Archives

AISC had a number of award programs celebrating landmark structures built with structural steel since 1960. Regardless of which award they won, these architectural icons span generations and stand the test of time. AISC recognizes and promotes these projects in recognition of their impact in terms of structural innovation, advances in safety, benefit to the local community, and environmental consciousness.

While many of the winners are landmark structures, the awards program also honors smaller, less well-known projects. Winners have included widely recognized projects such as The Gateway Arch in St. Louis and The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. as well as an outstanding monumental stair, a gorgeous public transit station, and the sustainable equipment barn at a winery in addition to jaw-dropping high-rises and striking education buildings. What all of the winners share is a commitment to innovation and imaginative design!

Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) Awards Archive

In 2006, AISC joined its two previously separate architecture and structural engineering awards programs (EAE and IDEAS) into one: The IDEAS² Awards. This awards program was designed to recognize all team members responsible for excellence and innovation in a project’s use of structural steel.

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Innovative Design and Excellence in Architecture with Steel (IDEAS) Awards Archive

The Innovative Design and Excellence in Architecture with Steel (IDEAS) Awards, presented from 1997-2005, recognized those designs where structural steel formed a prominent architectural feature of a building, either as an exterior or interior application.

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Engineering Awards of Excellence (EAE) Archive

The Engineering Awards of Excellence were presented annually from 1997-2005 to recognize engineering excellence and innovation in steel-framed buildings.

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Architectural Awards of Excellence (AAE) Archive

AISC established the Architectural Awards of Excellence in 1960 to recognize and honor outstanding architectural design in structural steel and to encourage further exploration of the many aesthetic possibilities that are inherent with steel construction.

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