Samsung Americas Headquarters Presented with IDEAS2 Award

The project team of the Samsung Americas Headquarters in San Jose, Calif., was honored yesterday at the project site with AISC's 2017 IDEAS2 Award for excellence in building design using structural steel. The team included Robert Pallmann of entering firm Arup - Los Angeles, holding the IDEAS Award; and l-r: Laurie Chambers, NBBJ - San Francisco; Yohan Paek, Samsung; and Tony Perea of Gayle Manufacturing Co. (an AISC member and certified fabricator). (Photos: AISC)

AISC presented members of the project team of the Samsung Americas Headquarters (Device Solutions) in San Jose, Calif., with the 2017 IDEASAward for excellence in steel-frame building design during ceremonies held at the building yesterday.  

Charlie Carter, SE, PE, PhD, president of AISC, said, “This building is substantial yet light and graceful. It stands as a testament to the creativity and skill of its designers and constructors -- and the steel materials that made it work.”

With no perimeter columns on the east and west sides, the 10-story tower appears to float at every third level and offers occupants unobstructed external views. The resulting spaces, and the atriums around them, are dedicated collaboration areas, facilitating casual meetings and breaks from the traditional work spaces.

For more on this project and 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.