Nine Projects Win 2022 IDEAS² Awards

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum won a 2022 AISC IDEAS² Award.

A Seattle high-rise using a first-of-its-kind core system. A staircase that looks like a floating ribbon. A performance venue named for a rock-and-roll pioneer. A museum designed to look like an athlete in motion.

What do they all have in common?

They're all steel-framed. And they’re all winners.

Specifically, these four projects, as well as five others, are winners of the 2022 AISC IDEAS² Awards. AISC made the big announcement during the first session of NASCC: The Steel Conference in Denver.

"I always look forward to seeing the IDEAS² Award winners, and once again the industry has made it very difficult for our judges to select winners among an outstanding pool of submissions," said AISC President Charles J. Carter, SE, PE, PhD. "It's truly inspiring to see the ways today's most creative minds work with structural steel to create modern landmarks. Congratulations to everyone who worked on these projects!" 

The Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS²) Awards are the steel industry's highest design honor. To learn more about the project teams, judging criteria, and the 2022 juries, please visit

Rainier Square and Rainier Tower at twilight
Presidential Award for Excellence in Structural Design
Rainier Square, Seattle
2Life Communities Administrative Offices
Merit Award: Less than $15 Million
2Life Communities Administrative Offices, Brighton, Mass.
L. Gale Lemerand Student CenterMerit Award: $15 Million to $75 Million
L. Gale Lemerand Student Center at Daytona State College, Daytona Beach, Fla.
US Olympic and Paralympic Museum
Merit Award: $15 Million to $75 Million
United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Allianz Field at night
National Award: $15 Million to $75 Million
Allianz Field, St. Paul, Minn.
The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences
National Award: $75 Million to $200 Million
The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences, Lubbock, Texas
International Spy Museum at night
Merit Award: $75 Million to $200 Million
International Spy Museum, Washington

One Vanderbilt with craneMerit Award: More than $200 Million
One Vanderbilt, New York

Ascension of the Celestial MaidenMerit Award: Sculpture/Art Installation/Non-building Structure
Ascension of the Celestial Maiden, New York