AISC


IDEAS² Awards

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Sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction, the Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) recognizes projects where structural steel has been utilized in an innovative manner. The innovative use of structural steel may be in:

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

Project Basis

The design and construction industry is growing in recognition of the value of coordination, collaboration and teamwork in the successful accomplishment of a project's program. In active support of this trend, AISC has brought together previously separate architectural and structural engineering award programs that focused on a single aspect of the building project into a single program designed to recognize excellence and innovation in the use of structural steel on a comprehensive, project basis. Awards will be made to the project recognizing and awarding all members of the project's team involved with the structural framing system: architectural firm, structural engineering firm of record, general contractor, detailer, fabricator, erector as well as the project owner. Specialty consultants and contractors will be recognized at the discretion of the architect and structural engineer of record. Any member of the project team may submit a project for consideration.

Eligibility

A significant portion of the framing system of the project must be wide-flange or hollow structural steel sections. Pedestrian bridges entered in the competition must be an intrinsic part of a building; not stand-alone structures.

Awards

A panel of design and construction industry professionals will judge the entries in three categories according to constructed value in US dollars:

  • Less than $15 million
  • $15 million to $75 million
  • Greater than $75 million
  • sculptures/art installations/non-building structures

National and Merit awards and the Presidential Award of Excellence for structural engineering and architectural expression are bestowed at the judges' discretion. Projects selected for recognition will be announced at the 2018 NASCC: The Steel Conference in Baltimore on April 11. Awards will be presented to the submitting firms and their fellow project team members at the individual project sites in the spring and summer of 2018. Winning projects will be featured in the May issue of Modern Steel Construction magazine.

Submission Requirements

  • Completion of the online entry form
  • Project description uploaded online (500-1000 words): Statement of project size and cost, statement of architechural accomplisment, statement of structual engineering accomplishment, statement of innovative project teamwork and productivity enhancement 
  • Photographs and drawing of the project uploaded online
  • Entry fee of $150 (if any member of the project team is an AISC member, the entry fee is waived)

Project Description

In 500 to 1,000 words describe the following:

  • Applications of innovative design approahces 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
  • Advancements in the use of structural stee, either technically of 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 information provided to the jury should not repeat what is already made clear in the graphic submittal, but it should include project intentions—program requirements, site features, cost data, etc. The description and graphics are necessary to assist the jury in quickly developing a sound understanding of both general characteristics of the building project and the specific way in which it demonstrates design excellence. 

Image Criteria

  • Exterior and interior images 
  • Images of steel construction and erection 
  • Any necessary credits for photos, images and graphics 
  • If more than one photographer's photos are submitted in an entry, each photo's filename should denote the name of the specific photographer to be credited. (Example of a filename: Willis Tower exterior.JohnSmith.jpg


Project Details

While the following are not requirements, at a minimum, a selection of exterior, interior and steel construction images—with photo credit designations—should accompany each entry. 

  • At least one image showing each exposed side of the building or environment. 
  • At least one additional images showing the immediate, context of each exposed side of the building or environment (omit if the project's relationship to its environs is clearly defined in other images).
  • For a group of buildings, at least one images of the project sufficient to illustrate the concept, including its relationship to its environs.
  • For projects involving exterior alterations, at least one images of each altered (exposed side) together with at least one image of the side before alteration (unless evidence is submitted on the unavailability of the latter). 
  • A site plan, floor plan and one or more sections sufficient to explain the project solution. 

For examples of past winners visit our IDEAS2 photo gallery.

Competition Rules

To be eligible, submitters agree to abide by all rules and regulations of AISC's 2019 IDEAS2 Awards program. AISC is not responsible for errors or omissions in entries.

  • Building projects in AISC's 2019 competition must be located in the U.S. and be completed between January 1, 2016 and December, 2018. 
  • A significant portion of the framing system of a building must be wideflange or hollow structural steel sections. 
  • New buildings, expansions, and renovation projects (major retrofits and rehabilitations) are eligible.
  • Pedestrian bridges entered in the competition must be an intrinsic part of a building and not stand-alone structures. If you would like to enter a bridge project, view the National Steel Bridge Alliance's Prize Bridge Awards
  • Firms and companies may submit multiple building projects. 
  • Each submittal will be considered separately. 
  • Any member of the project team may enter a project in the awards program. 
  • Acceptance of this agreement authorizes AISC to disclose information about the recipient of the award and the building project. 
  • Project team members of winning projects should expect to be asked for additional information and commentary about their projects by representatives of AISC and the media. 
  • Submitted photographs and images used for exhibition or publication purposes will bear the customary photographer's credit line.  AISC reserves the privilege of retaining possession of all materials for reproduction and subsequent exhibition. Submitting firms and companies and project photographers agree to the release of the photographs and images submitted for use by AISC. 

Judging Criteria

The judges will consider the project's utilization of structural steel from both an architectural and structural engineering perspective with an emphasis on: 

  • A creative solution to the project's program requirements
  • Application of innovative design approaches in areas such as connections, gravity systems, lateral load resisting systems, fire protection and blast
  • Aesthetic and visual impact of the project particularly in the coordination of structural steel elements with other materials 
  • Innovative uses of architecturally exposed structural steel
  • Advances in the use of structural steel either technically or in architectural expression
  • Use of innovative design and construction methods such as 3D building models, interoperability, early integration of specialty contractors such as steel fabricators, alternative methods of project delivery or other productivity enhancements
  • Sustainable design


PHOTOGRAPHY

Print quality photographs, images and graphics are important to the judging process and should provide an adequate basis for a sound and comprehensive evaluation of the structure of design. 

  • Images should be high-resolution (at least 300 dpi), four inches wide or wider, and submitted as jpeg, tiff or eps files.
  • A total of 19 images and/or drawings per entry may be uploaded to the entry form. 
  • Submitted photographs and images used for exhibition of publication purposes will bear the customary photograph's credit line. However AISC is not responsible for errors or omissions. AISC reserves the privilege of retaining possession of all materials for reproduction and subsequent exhibition. Submitting firms and companies and project photographers agree to the release of the photographs and images submitted for use by AISC.