AISC Seeks Innovative Projects for IDEAS² Award Competition Like No Other
May 19, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHICAGO - The American Institute of Steel Construction’s flagship competition for structures is now accepting entries--and the 2022 competition is breaking new ground!
AISC’s Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS²) Awards recognize outstanding projects that illustrate the exciting possibilities of structural steel. They are the industry’s top design honor.
This year, we’ll harness the power of YouTube to draw attention to outstanding steel projects across the country. The teams behind three finalists in each category will present their projects to the judges in online streams throughout December, and they’ll also have the opportunity to reprise their presentations live at NASCC: The Steel Conference in Denver, March 23-25, 2022.
“I’m always excited to see remarkable structures built with American steel,” said AISC President Charles J. Carter, SE, PE, PhD. “Great minds create amazing things with steel every day--structures they’ll tell their kids and grandkids about. It's thrilling and inspiring to witness the magic that happens when they bring their visions to life. This year I’m particularly looking forward to sharing these outstanding projects with the world, live on YouTube!”
The IDEAS² Awards showcase the innovative use of structural steel in:
the accomplishment of the structure's program
the expression of architectural intent
the application of innovative design approaches to the structural system
leveraging productivity-enhancing construction methods
IDEAS² Awards don’t only go to high-profile projects. In recent years, AISC has honored everything from gorgeous pedestrian bridges to creative public transit projects in addition to jaw-dropping high-rises and striking education buildings. All we ask is innovation and imaginative design!
Entries are due by Sept. 8, 2021. AISC will announce the winners during the 2022 NASCC: The Steel Conference in Denver, March 23-25.
The winners will also be featured in the May 2022 issue of Modern Steel Construction magazine. In addition to substantial press support and publicity through AISC’s own print and online media, winning teams have the unique opportunity to present their projects to the AEC community during special webinars or live events throughout the year. If possible, AISC will conduct an on-site award presentation during 2022.
Visit aisc.org/ideas2 for more information and to enter.
New buildings, expansions, and renovation projects (major retrofits and rehabilitations) are eligible. There is also a category for sculptures, art installations, and non-building structures.
Building projects in the 2022 competition must be located in the U.S. and must be completed between Jan. 1, 2019, and Sept. 8, 2021.
A significant portion of the framing system of a building must be wide-flange or hollow structural steel sections (HSS).
The majority of the steel used in the project must be domestically produced.
The project must have been fabricated by a company eligible for AISC full membership. Projects with a unique or distinctive feature fabricated by a company eligible for AISC full membership will also be considered.
Pedestrian bridges entered in the competition must be an intrinsic part of a building and not stand-alone structures. We encourage members of project teams for standalone bridges to enter the 2022 National Steel Bridge Alliance's Prize Bridge Awards.
History of the program
AISC’s award programs have celebrated landmark structures built with structural steel since 1960. These architectural icons span generations and stand the test of time. AISC recognizes and promotes these projects in recognition of their impact in terms of structural innovation, advances in safety, benefit to the local community, and environmental consciousness.
The prestigious list of winners includes such enduring landmarks as:
One World Trade Center, New York
The Gateway Arch, St. Louis
Willis Tower, Chicago
The National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington
The PanAm Passenger Terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York
In 2021, 10 projects around the country won IDEAS² Awards in six categories:
Less than $15 Million:
National Award: Jacksonport State Park Visitors Center, Newport, Ark.
Merit Award: Ballston Quarter Pedestrian Walkway, Arlington, Va.
Merit Award: McDonald’s Net Zero Quick Service Restaurant Rebuild, Kissimmee, Fla.
$15 Million to $75 Million:
National Award: Truist Leadership Institute, Greensboro, N.C.
Merit Award: Watershed Building, Seattle
$75 Million to $200 Million:
National Award: The Heights School, Arlington, Va.
Greater than $200 Million:
National Award: Dickies Arena, Fort Worth
Sculpture/Art Installation/Non-building Structure:
National Award: Moscone Center Expansion - Pedestrian Bridges, San Francisco
Merit Award: A Monumental Journey, Des Moines, Iowa
Presidential Award for Excellence in Adaptive Reuse:
Uber Advanced Technologies Group R&D Center, San Francisco
For more information contact:
Director of Marketing Communications
American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a non-partisan, not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC's mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, market development, and advocacy. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information.
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