WTC Transportation Hub wins AISC national award

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The WTC Transportation Hub (The Oculus)

The World Trade Center Transportation Hub (The Oculus) in New York City has earned recognition in the 2018 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2).

Conducted annually by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the IDEAS2 award is the highest honor bestowed on building projects by the U.S. structural steel industry and recognizes excellence and innovation in the use of structural steel on building projects across the country.

The NYC Project, one of 12 finalists, won a National Award in the Projects greater than $75 million category, ASIC says.

The winning projects and their respective team members will be recognized at the 2018 NASCC: The Steel Conference, April 11 to 13 in Baltimore.

“We celebrate these projects and appreciate the savvy, creative people behind them for showcasing the beauty and usefulness of structural steel,” said AISC president Charles J. Carter. “Our hearty congratulations to the award-winning teams for a great compilation of excellent solutions!”

A panel of design and construction industry professionals identified National and Merit winners in three categories, based on total constructed value: projects greater than $75 million; projects $15 million to $75 million; and projects less than $15 million. In addition, the panel awarded a Presidential Award of Excellence in Engineering to two projects for structural engineering accomplishment.

Other 2018 award-winning projects include:

Projects greater than $75 million
National Award: 150 North Riverside, Chicago
Merit Award: 111 Main, Salt Lake City
Merit Award: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis

Projects $15 million to $75 million
National Award: USAFA Center for Character and Leadership Development, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Merit Award: UC Davis Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, Davis, CA.
Merit Award: Apple Union Square, San Francisco
Merit Award: Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, FL.

Projects less than $15 million
National Award: North Transfer Station Rebuild, Tipping and Transfer Building, Seattle
Merit Award: Riggs CAT Headquarters, Little Rock, Ark.
Presidential Award of Excellence in Engineering
Promedica Corporate Headquarters, Toledo, Ohio
Hard Rock Stadium Shade Canopy Erection Plan, Miami Gardens, FL

The 12 IDEAS2 winners were chosen from nearly 100 submissions received from architectural, engineering and construction firms throughout the U.S. Each project was judged on its use of structural steel from both an architectural and structural engineering perspective, with an emphasis on: creative solutions to the project’s program requirements; applications of innovative design approaches in areas such as connections, gravity systems, lateral load resisting systems, fire protection and blast; aesthetic and visual impact of the project; innovative use of architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS); technical or architectural advances in the use of the steel; and the use of innovative design and construction methods.

The IDEAS2 program also recognizes the importance of teamwork, coordination and collaboration in fostering successful construction projects. Awards for each winning project will be presented to the project team members involved in the design and construction of the structural framing system, including the architect, structural engineer of record, general contractor, owner and AISC member fabricator, erector, detailer and bender-roller. The awards are presented to the team members at ceremonies held at each of the winning projects during the year.

For more information about the IDEAS2 awards and the winning projects, please visit


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