SEAA Announces Project Awards

The steel crown of the 609 Main office tower in Houston, erected by AISC member erector Peterson Beckner Industries, Houston, features a complex, angular geometry.

The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) has announced the winners of its annual Project of the Year awards for steel erection projects that topped out in 2016. The winning projects demonstrate the range and complexity of steel construction in the U.S., and companies are awarded for overcoming challenges while maintaining safe work standards.

The winners are: the Elgin Air Force Base, Variable Height Tower in Okaloosa County, Fla.; the 609 Main crown in Houston; the Kubota North American Headquarters in Grapeville, Texas; an IKEA retail store in Burbank, Calif.; and NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building, high bay No. 3 in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

AISC member erector Peterson Beckner Industries, Houston was awarded the Class II prize (for contracts valued between $500,000 and $1 million) for their work at 609 Main. The 48-story office tower is the 10th tallest building in Texas. One of the challenges posed was the limited work space as the building footprint took up an entire city block with no room for material laydown. In addition, the structural steel “crown” placed on top of the tower features a complex, angular geometry.

Steel erectors are invited to submit projects topped out in 2017 for next year’s award. The deadline is March 1, 2018. For more information, visit