Ten structures recognized with 2021 IDEAS² Awards for innovative ste


One week after unveiling a 3D-printed pedestrian steel bridge concept as the 2021 Forge Prize winner, the American Institute of Steel Construction has announced this year’s recipients of the Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel Awards (or IDEAS² for short).

The ten selected project designs from across the U.S. were honored for pushing the envelope of structural steel.

Less than $15 Million

Less than $15 Million – National Award: Jacksonport State Park Visitors Center, Newport, AR. Structural Engineer: Engineering Consultants, Inc., Little Rock, AR. Architect: Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects, Little Rock, AR. Photo: Timothy Hursley.
Less than $15 Million – Merit Award: McDonald’s Net Zero Quick Service Restaurant Rebuild, Kissimmee, FL. Structural Engineer: CPH, Inc., Sanford, FL. Architects: CPH, Inc., Sanford, LA; Ross Barney Architects, Chicago, IL. Photo: Tyler Carr/Southland Construction.
Less than $15 Million – Merit Award: Ballston Quarter Pedestrian Walkway, Arlington, VA. Structural Engineer: Peller + Associates, Westlake, OH. Architect: studio techne architects, Cleveland, OH. Photo: Marco Ciccarelli.


$15 Million to $75 Million


$15 Million to $75 Million – National Award: Trust Leadership Institute, Greensboro, NC. Structural Engineer: Fluhrer Reed, PA, Raleigh, NC. Architect: CJMW Architecture, Winston-Salem, NC. Photo: Tom Holdsworth.
$15 Million to $75 Million – Merit Award: Watershed Building, Seattle, WA. Structural Engineer: DCI Engineers, Seattle, WA. Architect: Weber Thompson, Seattle, WA. Photo: Built Work Photography LLC.


$75 Million to $200 Million


$75 Million to $200 Million – National Award: The Heights School, Arlington, VA. Structural Engineer: Silman, Washington D.C. Architects: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, Brooklyn, NY; Leo A Daly, Washington D.C. Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu. General Contractor: Gilbane, New York


Greater than $200 Million


Greater than $200 Million – National Award: Dickies Arena, Fort Worth, TX. Structural Engineer: Walter P Moore, Dallas, TX. Architects: HKS, Inc., Dallas, TX; David M. Schwarz, Washington D.C.; Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford, Fort Worth, TX. Photo: Arcpoint Studios.


Sculpture/Art Installation/Non-Building Structure


Sculpture/Art Installation/Non-building Structure – National Award: Moscone Center Expansion – Pedestrian Bridges, San Francisco, CA. Structural Engineers: SOM; SOHA Engineers, San Francisco, CA; Tipping Structural Engineers, Berkeley, CA. Architect: Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill LLP (SOM), San Francisco, CA. Photo: Matthew Millman.
Sculpture/Art Installation/Non-building Structure – Merit Award: A Monumental Journey, Des Moines, IA. Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers, Des Moines, IA. Architecture: substance, Des Moines, IA. Photo: substance.


Presidential Award for Excellence in Adaptive Reuse


Presidential Award for Excellence in Adaptive Reuse – Uber Advanced Technologies Group R&D Center, San Francisco, CA. Structural Engineer: Nabih Youssef Associates, San Francisco, CA. Architect: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects, Berkeley, CA. Photo: Billy Hustace.


The 2021 IDEAS2 Award jury was comprised of Stephanie J. Hautzinger, SE, AIA, Associate vice-chairman, CannonDesign; Mark V. Holland, PE, Chief Engineer, Paxton, and Vierling Steel Co.; Maysa Kantner, Atlanta steel Specialist, AISC; Anders Lasater, AIA, CEO and Principal Architect, Anders Lasater Architects; and Wanda Lau, Editor, Technology and Practice, ARCHITECT magazine.

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