This design competition takes place each year to recognize excellence in structural engineering.

2017 Awards Competition

Read the Call for Entries for 2017 for complete eligibility, submission, and judging requirements. You may download the entry form to submit a paper entry, or complete your submission online.  

Please note that the banquet date is June 3, not June 10 as listed in the printed Call for Entries.

The finalists, selected by the Board of Directors, will present their projects at our May Dinner Meeting.  The winners are announced at the Annual Awards Banquet each year. 

Awards are given in the categories listed below.  

 


2016 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards

Jurors’ Favorite/Most Innovative Structure

150 North Riverside
Chicago, IL
Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Image courtesy of Goettsch Partners


Judge Comments:
Bold design on narrow foundation mitigated with Tuned Mass Dampers

 

 

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Best Renovation/Retrofit Project

LondonHouse Hotel
Chicago, IL
TGRWA

Image courtesy of TGRWA


Judge Comments:
Creative use of a hybrid lateral system to support a 22-story building on a small footprint in between a landmark building and Mather Tower.

 

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Best Bridge/Transportation Project
130th and Torrence Avenue Grade Separation

Chicago, IL
Alfred Benesch & Company 

Image courtesy of Benesch
 

Judge Comments:
Complexity of site and transportation constraints resulted in notable architecture

 

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Best Project – >$150 Million
Tanana River Bridge

Salcha, Alaska
Hanson Professional Services Inc.

Image courtesy of Alaska Railroad Corp


Judge Comments:
Cutting edge treatment of severe scour exposure

 

 

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Best Project – $50 Million to $150 Million
Northwestern University, Ryan Center for the Musical Arts

Evanston, IL
Thornton Tomasetti

Image courtesy of Tom Rossister


Judge Comments:
Creative and unique design to support upper floors cantilever over setbacks; Good application of multiple structural systems to achieve architectural and acoustic goals 

 

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Best Project – $5 million to $50 Million
NEIU El Centro

Chicago, IL
FOREFRONT Structural Engineers

Image courtesy of Tom Rossiter


Judge Comments:
...an example of engineering and architecture working symbiotically to produce a new aesthetic landscape in unexpected places. The use of trusses creates not only a beautiful interior for the building’s users, but also a colorful, volume-rich structure that blossoms from the freeway viewpoint.

 

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Best Project – $1 million to $5 million
Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African-American Arts

Cambridge, MA
Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger

Image courtesy of SGH
 

Judge Comments:
The beauty of architect David Adjaye’s work often requires engineering feats to achieve the clean, elegant and sustainable features of his building, requiring the firm to strategize how to fit complex systems into small structures...The final product is a true example of innovation, modeling and testing, and collaboration between materials and experts.

 

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William and Alys Lavicka Award
New Splayed Steel Frame Glass Canopy

Chicago, IL
Probe Consulting Engineers, Inc.

Image courtesy of Probe 


Judge Comments:
The engineering design used the state-of-the-art 3-D modeling to help resolve structural issues, weather conditions and the problematic wind load...the steel and glass canopy compliments the building's entire architectural facade, providing a very recognizable focal point of entry that identifies the building.

 

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Awards of Merit

1K Fulton
Chicago, IL
FOREFRONT Structural Engineers

Image courtesy of Patsy McEnroe

 

 

 

Gordon Parks Arts Hall, University of Chicago Lab Schools
Chicago, IL
Rubinos & Mesia Engineers, Inc. 

Image courtesy of RME

 

 

 

Joliet Central High School, New Student Center Addition
Joliet, IL
Wight & Company

Image courtesy of Paul Schlismann Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Navy Pier Ferris Wheel Infrastructure 
Chicago, IL
Thornton Tomasetti

Image courtesy of Thornton Tomasetti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKO Tower
Moscow, Russia
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Image courtesy of Capital Group

 

 

 

The Strand, American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.)
San Francisco, CA
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Image courtesy of Bruce Damonte

 

 

 

Writers Theatre
Glencoe, IL 
Halvorson and Partners: A WSP|Parsons Brinkerhoff Company

Image courtesy of Halvorson

 

 

 

Zurich North America Headquarters
Schaumburg, IL 
Halvorson and Partners: A WSP|Parsons Brinkerhoff Company

Image courtesy of Clayco

 

 

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