2017 IDEAS2 Awards Call for Entries Now Open

Architectural and engineering firms, structural steel companies, general contractors and owners are encouraged to enter their steel-framed building projects in the 2017 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) Awards competition. Conducted annually by AISC, the awards recognize excellence and innovation in engineering and architecture on structural steel projects across the U.S. In existence for more than half a century, the award is the highest honor bestowed on building projects by the structural steel industry in the U.S. Entries are now being accepted for the competition at Entrants should note this year’s earlier entry deadline of August 26, 2016.

“Each year, the IDEAS2 Awards recognize and award all members of the project’s team involved with the structural framing system and demonstrate that innovation and creativity can be found on building projects of every size and description,” said Roger E. Ferch, P.E., AISC’s president. “Steel continues to provide excellent solutions for the entire design and construction team, from architects, engineers and developers to fabricators, erectors and general contractors.”

In addition, project entries will receive special recognition on SteelDay (September 30). New to the competition this year is an opportunity for the public to join in the judging of the projects entered in awards program by selecting their favorites at, starting the week of SteelDay. The project that receives the most votes will receive a People’s Choice Award in the competition.

The projects selected to receive IDEAS2 Awards will be announced at the 2017 NASCC: The Steel Conference in San Antonio, March 22-25. Awards will be presented by AISC to the submitting firms and their fellow project team members at the individual project sites during the year, and all winning projects will be featured in MSC.