Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Terminal Presented with IDEAS2 Award

Project team members of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport East Terminal checkpoint in Austin, Texas, gather with their 2017 IDEAS2 Awards for excellence in steel-frame building design during ceremonies this morning at the airport. Holding awards are (from left): Chuck Naeve, Architectural Engineers Collaborative; Rex Webb, Patriot Erectors (an AISC member and certified erector); Shannon Whalen, Hirschfeld Industries (an AISC member and certified fabricator); Talmadge Smith, Page; Matthew Silver, Hensel Phelps; and Robert Mercado, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. (Photos: AISC) 

AISC presented members of the project team of the Terminal East Infill at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas, with the 2017 IDEAS2 Award for excellence in steel-frame building design during ceremonies held at the terminal this morning.

The ceiling of the hall is articulated with a fully expressed structure of slender steel beams organized along a central longitudinal spine and radiating outward in response to the oval shape of the room. The beams are deeper in the center, reaching more than 7 ft in height, and taper toward the edges creating a graceful belly at mid-span of the hall. At the building perimeter, the beams merge with columns, extending down the facade as slender blades that double as important sunshades.

Charlie Carter, SE, PE, PhD, president of AISC, said, “The design and construction teams are to be congratulated. It’s an artistic, precise and cost-effective solution that’s quite beautiful. An airport terminal that soars with the amazing grace of steel.”

For more on this project, see “Looking Skyward” in our September 2015 issue. For more on all of this year’s IDEAS2 award winners, see “2017 IDEAS2 Awards” in our May issue. AISC is now accepting entries for the 2018 IDEAS2 competition at The entry deadline is October 6, 2017.