NYC’s 4 World Trade Center Presented with IDEAS2 Award

With members of the project team for the 4 World Trade Center and guests flanking them, Richard Garlock, center left, and Bill Faschan of Leslie E. Robertson Associates, New York, hold AISC's 2017 IDEAS2 Award -- the Presidential Award of Excellence in Engineering -- during ceremonies held today at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. (Top photo: AISC; bottom photo: Fadi Asmar)


AISC presented members of the project team of New York’s 4 World Trade Center with the 2017 IDEAS2 Award for excellence in steel-framed building design during a ceremony conducted at the tower today.

This 72-story, 2.3 million-sq.-ft office skyscraper serves as a beacon for businesses returning to downtown Manhattan; 250,000 daily commuters pass through the lower levels on their way to one of 13 subway or commuter rail lines that surround the tower. More importantly, the structure pays respect to the tragic history of the grounds commemorated by the National September 11 Memorial. More than a decade after the devastating attacks of September 11, 2001, it became the first tower to open on the original 16-acre World Trade Center site.

Charlie Carter, SE, PE, PhD, president of AISC, commented, “I hope the designers and builders know that this beautiful building is itself a monument to those we lost and those who helped on that terrible day. It’s a testament to our nation, what we can do, and what we can overcome.”

For more on 4WTC, see “Fore at the Four” in our April 2015 issue. And for more on all of this year’s IDEAS2 award winners, see “2017 IDEAS2 Awards” in our May issue.

AISC is accepting entries for the 2018 IDEAS2 competition at The entry deadline is October 6, 2017.