Steel Shots: Innovation at its Finest

Newport Beach Civic CenterThe Newport Beach Civic Center and Park in Newport Beach, Calif., is a National award winner in AISC’s 2014 IDEAS2 awards program. Standard steel wide-flange shapes and hollow structural sections (HSS) were adapted to create an iconic, wave-shaped roof that covers the city hall portion of the building and provides ample outdoor shelter. Photo: David Wakely Photography

Every year, AISC’s IDEAS2 Awards recognize the most innovative new steel structures in the U.S. and the importance of teamwork, coordination and collaboration in fostering successful construction projects.
This year’s 12 IDEAS2 winners were announced at the 2014 NASCC: The Steel Conference last month in Toronto. Covering an array of project types, they demonstrate the flexible and effective solutions provided by structural steel on a wide variety of building projects.
A panel of design and construction industry professionals identified National and Merit winners in three categories, based on constructed value: less than $15 million, $15 million to $75 million and greater than $75 million. In addition, the panel awarded a Presidential Award of Excellence in Engineering to one project for outstanding structural engineering achievement.
You can view this year’s winners in AISC’s press release, and all of them will be featured in the May issue of Modern Steel, with detailed project descriptions and photographs of each.
To learn more about the IDEAS2 awards program, visit