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    Steel Design Awards 2002

    by ArchitectureWeek

    The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) has announced the 2002 recipients of the "Innovative Design and Excellence in Architecture with Steel" (IDEAS) awards. The IDEAS program recognizes buildings in which structural steel forms a prominent architectural feature. Selection criteria include creative use of exposed steel, overall aesthetic effect, design functionality, technical advancement in the use of structural steel, and sensitivity in combining steel with other materials.

    One of the chosen projects was the Imperial Bank Tower Renovation designed by Murphy/Jahn, Chicago, Illinois. The project called for a new lobby for a 1970s building. The glass-vaulted lobby is flanked by expansive louvered wings. The light steel-and-cable support system for the wings maximizes the glazing while exposing the skeletal structure. The awards jury commented that the minimal use of material to achieve a dramatic, transparent, even eerie space could only have been possible with steel.

    The Pavilion at Symphony Lake by Boston architect William Rawn Associates, Boston was honored for the acoustic excellence achieved in a "high-tech civic icon." Thin steel columns and surrounding glass provide the enclosure of the stage, while the vertical lattice-like steel structure harmonizes with the nearby pine forest. The glowing steel and glass lantern over the stage allows for storage of theater equipment and shelters the performers. The jury commented that the potentially overwhelming sense of mass was mitigated by the use of light framing and tree-like forms.

    The Stonebriar Center shopping complex near Dallas, Texas was given a 1,550-foot (472-meter) sloping and curving steel roof structure by ELS Architecture and Urban Design, of Berkeley, California. The span is constructed of tension-supported steel-rod king-post trusses resting on angled clerestory tube trusses. Texas limestone blends with steel and glass architectural elements in the promenade. The jury noted that the architects have created "a sense of place, rhythm, and articulation in a building type not known for exemplary architecture."

    A fourth award went to the McNamara Terminal at the NorthWest World Gateway in Detroit, Michigan, designed and engineered by SmithGroup, Inc..

    The AISC, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry.

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    The Imperial Bank Tower Renovation in Costa Mesa, California, by Murphy/Jahn, of Chicago.
    Photo: John Edward Linden Photography

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    The Pavillion at Symphony Lake in Cary, North Carolina by William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc., of Boston, Massachusetts.
    Photo: Michael Zirkle Photography

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    The Stonebriar Center in Frisco, Texas, by ELS Architecture and Urban Design of Berkeley, California.
    Photo: Tim Hursley


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