Twelve Projects Earn U.S. Steel Industry’s Top Building Award

Top row (from left to right): University of Oregon Hatfield-Dowlin Football Performance Center (photo: Jeremy Bittermann); The Vegas High Roller (photo: Arup); Landscape Evolution Observatory at Biosphere 2 (photo: Erik Hinote); Circuit of the Americas Observation Tower (photo: Paul Finkel). Second Row: Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial (photo: Bill Baxley); Florida Polytechnic University Innovation Science and Technology Building (Macbeth Photo). Pomona College, Studio Art Hall (photo: Jeremy Bittermann). Third Row: Hilton Columbus Downtown High Street Bridge (photo: Macbeth Photo); John Jay College of Criminal Justice (photo: Eduard Hueber Photography); Denver Union Station (photo: Ryan Dravitz Photography); Central Arizona College, Maricopa Campus (top photo: Bill Timmerman); Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (bottom photo: Thornton Tomasetti)

Twelve structural steel building projects have earned national recognition in the 2015 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2 Awards). The winning projects and their respective team members were recognized today during the 2015 NASCC: The Steel Conference in Nashville. Conducted annually by AISC, the IDEAS2 awards honor excellence in steel-frame building design; the award is the highest honor bestowed on building projects by the structural steel industry in the U.S.

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.

The winners were chosen from nearly 100 submissions received from architectural, engineering and construction firms throughout the U.S. The 2015 award-winning projects are:

Projects Less Than $15 Million

  • National Award: Denver Union Station, Denver
  • Merit Award: Circuit of the Americas Observation Tower and Austin 360 Amphitheater, Austin, Texas
  • Merit Award: Landscape Evolution Observatory at Biosphere 2, Oracle, Ariz.
  • Merit Award: Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Merit Award: Hilton Columbus Downtown High Street Bridge, Columbus, Ohio

Projects $15 Million to $75 Million

  • National Award: Florida Polytechnic University Innovation Science and Technology Building, Lakeland, Fla.
  • Merit Award: University of Oregon Hatfield-Dowlin Football Performance Center, Eugene, Ore.
  • Merit Award: Pomona College, Studio Art Hall, Claremont, Calif.
  • Merit Award: Central Arizona College, Maricopa Campus, Maricopa, Ariz.

Projects Greater than $75 Million

  • National Award: The Vegas High Roller, Las Vegas
  • National Award: Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, Anaheim, Calif.

Presidential Award of Excellence in Engineering

  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York

“The 2015 IDEAS2 winners demonstrate that innovation and creativity can be found on building projects of every size and description,” commented Roger E. Ferch, P.E., president of AISC. “Steel continues to provide excellent solutions for the entire design and construction team, from architects, engineers and developers to general contractors, fabricators and erectors. Congratulations to the award-winning teams for projects that combine creativity, economy and technical achievement through the use of structural steel.”

A video presentation on this year’s winners can be found at, and all of them will be featured in the May issue of MSC, with detailed project descriptions and photographs of each.