Structural Engineers Association of New York

2018 EiSE Awards Engineer's Choice Ballot

Congratulations to the 2018 SEAoNY EiSE Award Finalists:

 55 Hudson Yards North Park Tower at 1339 Park Avenue
 512 WEst 22nd Street Shum Yip Upperhills Tower One
 ASU Beus Center for Law & Society Squibb Park Bridge Peer Review & Retrofit
 Cast & Place Pavilion  Tata Innovation Center
 Kew Gardens Hills Library The American Copper Building
 Lone Tree Pedestrian Bridge The Institute of Contemporary Art at VCU
 National Museum of African American History & Culture UConn Downtown Hartford Campus                    

Please cast your electronic vote for the 2018 Engineer's Choice Award: 2018 Engineer's Choice Ballot

Note: Polling ends Sunday, June 24th, vote today!

Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards

Sponsored by SEAoNY the Excellence in Structural Engineer (EiSE) Awards Program recognizes creative achievement and innovation in structural engineering.  The EiSE Awards Program is modeled after the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards. Winners are selected from the following categories: 

New Buildings

New building projects will be submitted under a single category. Three awards will be given in this category. Projects may include any type of building that is occupied or used by people, including parking garages, airport control towers, industrial buildings, and similar structures.

Forensic Analysis / Renovation / Retrofit / Rehabilitation of Structures

This category includes forensic analysis, structural renovations, seismic retrofits, adaptive reuse, rehabilitation of existing buildings or bridges, and similar projects. One award will be given in this category.

Other Structures

This category includes all non-building structures, such as towers, monuments, sculptures, art installations, pavilions, and similar projects. Bridges and other transportation structures may also be submitted such as vehicle and pedestrian bridges, highway structures, pipe or utility support spans, and similar structures. Projects may be of any span length or overall size. One award will be given in this category.

Engineer’s Choice Award

All finalists considered for awards will be entered for the Engineers’ Choice Award. An electronic poll to select the winner will be opened to the public. Notification of the polling site will be disseminated on various social media platforms. Please note that one project photo and the 100 word description included in the entry submission will be used for the online poll.

2017 EiSE Award Winners

New Buildings  - Under 100,000 square feet

Center for Character and Leadership Development - Skidmore, Owings & Merril LLP

The Center for Character & Leadership Development (CCLD) is an education and research center, supporting the Air Force Academy’s mission to integrate character and leadership development into all aspects of the Cadet experience. The CCLD represents an important and symbolic addition to the U.S. Air Force Academy’s campus, which SOM designed in 1954. With a focus on constructability and maximizing material efficiency, the CCLD’s cantilevering, 105 ft. Skylight structure consists of a triangulated system of Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel plates of varying depth, creating a new icon and architectural counterpoint to the Academy’s Cadet Chapel.

New Buildings - 100,000 to 500,000 square feet

Faena Arts Center - DeSimone

The Faena Arts Center is an iconic cultural project located in Miami Beach, consisting of a Forum, Bazaar, and Car Park. The most prominent building is the Forum, which consists of a base-truncated cylinder attached to a cube, all featuring a facade of crisscrossing concrete arches and catenaries. Structural challenges included an underground parking garage adjacent to the ocean, vacating and replacing a city street, unconventional construction sequencing, and detailing of the three-dimensional facade. The Bazaar consists of a historically accurate replacement of the 1939 Atlantic Beach Hotel. The enclosed Car Park features a precast white concrete facade with angled perforations providing natural ventilation, while masking the parking activity within.

New Buildings - Above $300 Million in Construction Value

Torre Reforma - Arup

At 246 m., Torre Reforma will be the tallest skyscraper in Mexico. The 57-floor, 40,000 m2 building includes 32,000 m2 of office space, along with restaurants, shopping, and a 4-floor fitness club. Set along the bustling new commercial corridor of Paseo de la Reforma, the building’s unique triangular form responds to the setback limitations of the site, and to the preservation of an historic building on the site. A key element of the project was to demonstrate how, through integration of engineering and architecture, a high degree of sustainability and building performance could be achieved. Torre Reforma has been certified LEED Platinum.

Forensic Analysis/ Renovation/ Retrofit & Rehabilitation of Structure

Empire StoresSilman

Empire Stores is a landmarked structure on the DUMBO waterfront in Brooklyn Bridge Park. It is a series of seven interconnected structures that was constructed between 1870 and 1885 for use in the shipping industry, and, later, as a coffee warehouse. Silman participated in its rehabilitation and renovation, which consisted of the restoration of the existing structure, the addition of two new stories, the transformation of the roof into a public park, and the creation of a public courtyard that cut a large slice through two of the buildings and houses a winding staircase that grants access to the roof.

Other Structures

Chicago Horizon - Guy Nordenson and Associates

Chicago Horizon is a pavilion for the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial composed of a flat roof made entirely out of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT). The application of two-way columns supported flat plate in timber is possibly unique to this structure. Highlights include: two options considered for flat plate realization; the application of fasteners at 45 degrees to provide shear reinforcement of CLT locally; the use of the laminate timber columns moment connected to the CLT to form the lateral system. The pavilion was designed, fabricated and installed in 10 weeks and is the development of a new structural type in mass timber.

Entrance Glass Canopy and vestibule at 432 Park Ave - Yoshinori Nito Engineering and Design PC

The canopy shelters a 20 ft. x 56 ft. wide main entrance area to the high rise building at 432 Park Avenue. Each 20 ft. long cantilever glass beam consists of five laminated glasses supporting 10 ft. 9 in. wide roof glass. A duplex stainless steel triangle blade was inserted and bonded between the beam glasses and its end was rigidly connected to the portal steel frame located inside the building. Intensive structural analyses and a full scale structural performance mock up test were performed for verification of structural design, fail-safe and redundancy of structural glass

Engineer’s Choice Award

Grove at Grand Bay - DeSimone

Grove at Grand Bay, the first truly twisting buildings in the United States, is an iconic residential project located in Coconut, Grove Miami. The two twisting towers rise 20 stories above a lush, landscaped two-story podium. The towers are low density with 98 spacious custom homes featuring 12-foot high ceilings and 14-foot deep balconies. In order to capture the full panoramic views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline, the architect rotated the towers incrementally along the height for a total rotation of 38 degrees. The towers are also the first LEED Gold Certified residential buildings in Miami-Dade County.

Thank you to the 2017 EiSE Award Judges

Alastair Elliott -  Past President of SEAoNY, Silman

Matthew Bandelt - New Jersey Institute of Technology

Ahmad Rahimian - Honorary Member of SEAoNY, WSP USA

Dan Eschenasy -  Honorary Member of SEAoNY,  New York City Department of Buildings

Olin McKenzie -  SOM

EiSE Award Archive

To view the winning projects and entering firms, please visit the Excellence in Structural Engineering Archive:

Excellence in Structural Engineering Award Archive

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