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Wanted: America’s Most innovative Structures for 2021 IDEAS² Awards

Parul Dubey on May 20, 2020 - in Awards, News

CHICAGO – The American Institute of Steel Construction is looking for the next generation of American landmarks constructed with structural steel.

AISC’s Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS²) Award program is now open for entries! These awards recognize outstanding projects that illustrate the exciting possibilities of structural steel.

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. AISC has recently honored an outstanding monumental stair, a gorgeous public transit station, and the sustainable equipment barn at a winery in addition to jaw-dropping high-rises and striking education buildings. All we ask is innovation and imaginative design!

All entries must be submitted by Oct. 15, 2020. AISC will announce the winners at NASCC: The Steel Conference in Louisville, Ky., April 14-16, 2021.

The winners will also be featured in the May 2021 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.

Visit aisc.org/ideas2 for more information and to enter.

Eligibility requirements

  • 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 2021 competition must be located in the U.S. and must be completed between Jan. 1, 2018, and Oct. 15, 2020.
  • 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 in New York
  • The Gateway Arch in St. Louis
  • Chicago’s Sears (now Willis) Tower
  • The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
  • The PanAm Passenger Terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York

A selection of images of the 2020 IDEAS² Award-winning projects available is here for press use. AISC has just released a video featuring these projects, as well.

About the 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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