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Chicago’s Chinatown Branch Library Presented with IDEAS2 Award

During ceremonies yesterday evening at the Chinatown Public Library in Chicago, Elise Kho and Carol Drucker, Drucker Zajdel Structural Engineers, hold AISC’s 2017 IDEAS2 Award for excellence in building design using structural steel. Joining Kho and Drucker and the DZSE staff are team members from the Chicago Public Library, design team members Skidmore Owings & Merill and Wight & Company and fabricator McFarlane Mfg., Inc. (an AISC member and certified fabricator). (Photos: AISC)

AISC presented members of the project team of the Chinatown Public Library in Chicago with the 2017 IDEASAward for excellence in steel-frame building design during ceremonies held at the library yesterday evening.

“Simple in its complexity, this is a beautiful design that blends the art, steel materials, architecture and structure in masterful ways,” said AISC president Charlie Carter. “We are so pleased to be able to recognize the designers and constructors who brought this building to life.”

The two-story, 16,370-sq.-ft building’s interior space radiates from a central atrium, and the main structural beams are similarly arranged on a radius. Round hollow structural sections (HSS) were selected for the columns, as they provided a clean surface where several beams connect into a single point and also facilitated and simplified the non-orthogonal lateral bracing connections.

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 www.aisc.org/ideas2. The entry deadline is October 6, 2017.


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