National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion Presented with IDEAS2 Award

Project team members of the pavilion gathered before the museum's trademark tridents from the World Trade Center towers during the ceremonies. Team members included BuroHappold Engineers, the entering firm; the 911 Museum; Snøhetta and Adamson Associates architects, and W&W Steel (an AISC Member / Certified fabricator and erector). (Photo: AISC) 


AISC presented members of the project team of the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion with the 2016 IDEAS2 Award for excellence in steel-frame building design during ceremonies last week at the pavilion. The project was lauded for its engineering and architectural achievements in its use of structural steel.  

The pavilion is a striking presence on the memorial site not only because of its dramatic, angular structure and prominently displayed steel tridents, but also because it is the only above-ground portion of the museum.

“Wow, the design team got it right on this one. A powerful and humbling project,” commented Brian Wessel, general manager of Cives Steel Co. - Midwest Division, Wolcott, Ind. (an AISC Member / Certified fabricator) and the steel fabricator juror in the competition.

For more about the project and all of this year’s IDEAS2 award winners, see the article 2016 IDEAS2 Awards from our May issue. Entries for the 2017 competition are being accepted through August 26, 2016, at