STRUCTURAL ENGINGEERING EXCELLENCE AWARDS
The SEAoNY Structural Engineering Excellence (SEE) Awards Program, formerly EiSE, recognizes the innovative and complex projects completed by structural engineering firms located in the New York City area. The SEAoNY SEE Awards Program is modeled after the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) SEE Awards. The winning projects themselves can be located anywhere in the world but must demonstrate:
SEAoNY SEE Award winners are selected from four major categories:
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 other similar 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.
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.
Engineer’s Choice Award
All finalists considered for awards are entered for the Engineers’ Choice Award. Voting takes place at the Annual Boat Cruise.
Young Engineer of the Year Award
This award highlights an engineer under the age of 36 who represents top rising engineer in the structural engineering industry that gives back to their industry and communities. The emphasis of this award is to recognize a Young Engineer that is providing a benefit to the industry, firms, and communities.
283 Greene Avenue (Frame 283) - Murray Engineering, PC
283 Greene Avenue (Frame 283) in Brooklyn, New York, is a pioneering example of sustainable urban living. As the first cross laminated timber (CLT) building in New York City, it showcases innovation and sustainability in residential design. The five-story mixed-use building utilizes CLT for its structure with Nudura ICF exterior walls. Overcoming challenges such as fire safety regulations, the project team employed cutting-edge engineering techniques. Frame 283 embraces CLT for its environmental benefits, including carbon sequestration and improved indoor air quality. The building is Passive House certified and features eco-friendly technologies. Its efficient constructability and seamless integration into the urban environment further highlight its excellence in design and sustainability.
Arizona State University, Rob and Melani Walton Center for Planetary Health - Buro Happold
The new interdisciplinary science and technology research center, the Rob and Melani Walton Center for Planetary Health, was opened at Arizona State University in April 2022. The building wraps around a central open-air courtyard and features several beautifully exposed structures including three cantilever concrete staircases and a floating steel canopy. Central to the structural design was an ambition to reduce its embodied carbon footprint. The building was the first in Arizona to use a voided slab system (also known as ‘BubbleDeck’) and also implemented a performance specification for a 40% reduction in portland cement using locally sourced fly ash.
New York University, John A. Paulson Center- Severud Associates Consulting Engineers PC
NYU’s John A. Paulson Center combines performing arts spaces, housing, and athletic facilities within one building. The five-story, steel-framed podium features a 350-seat proscenium theater and other venues acoustically isolated from noise and vibration. Steel trusses span over two below-grade levels and provide space for basketball courts and a swimming pool. The cellars were designed as a waterproofed “bathtub” and are supported by drilled caissons. An 18-story faculty housing tower and 13-story dormitory block are framed with steel and the Girder-Slab system, which reduced erection time, dead load, and structural depth. The building is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification.
Forensic Analysis/ Renovation/ Retrofit & Rehabilitation of Structures
TSX Broadway and Palace Theater Redevelopment- Severud Associates Consulting Engineers
TSX Broadway was created by shifting and reassembling portions of an existing structure—including the historic Palace Theater—and combining them with new elements to produce a revitalized entertainment, retail, and hotel complex at the center of Times Square in New York City. The landmarked theater, built in 1910, was lifted an astonishing 31 feet into the air to allow street-level commercial space to be added and a second cellar excavated. The 16-story podium is topped by massive post-tensioned concrete girders that transfer a 32-story hotel tower over the theater. TSX Broadway’s multiple LED screens brighten its Times Square location.
Port Lands Bridges- schlaich bergermann partner with Entuitive
This family of three bridge types (each paired for six total) are key infrastructure components of Toronto’s waterfront revitalization. The aesthetically unified bridges provide the new Port Lands neighborhood with light rail, vehicular, cycle and pedestrian connections, creating a critical link. Designed as hybrid shell-arch bridge structures, they are essentially curved tied arches with a planar deck connected by hangers. Innovative fabrication techniques combined with state-of-the-art engineering allowed for maximized material efficiency and reduction of costs. With four of the six now in place, the bridges have become emblematic of Toronto’s evolution, with unique and compelling structural forms.
Engineer's Choice Award
Sacred Footprint by Timur Si-Qin- Silman, a TYLin Company
Commissioned by Meta Open Arts, Sacred Footprint by artist Timur Si-Qin is suspended in the four-story main atrium of Meta’s New York City headquarters. The two-ton, 50-foot-tall arboreal assembly of cast stainless steel and aluminum is a reference to the mythical Tree of Life. Hung from two main cables, the seemingly levitating sculpture is composed of 86 unique 3D printed castings. The individual castings are connected through 30 double helix links that freely rotate, forming a free-form chain. Since each piece moves, finding the natural resting location of the tree was not an easy task.
Young Engineer of the Year Award
Candice Ogando is a professional engineer who is inspiring other structural engineers to embrace sustainability in their designs. As the Founding Co-Chair of the Sustainable Design Committee, she believes in their mission to target the reduction of embodied carbon to ultimately achieve net zero emissions within the structural engineering industry. Over the past 3 years she has hosted several webinars surrounding the increasing importance and urgency of sustainability in the built environment, and providing tools and strategies to help firms implement change now through specification recommendations and free life cycle assessment and embodied carbon tools.
Deeply intertwined with her commitment to sustainability, Candice is a passionate advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion within the industry. Understanding the profound impact that structural engineers can have on empowering marginalized communities, she actively works to foster an inclusive and equitable environment.
Candice holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Cornell University and a Master of Science degree from Columbia University. She is a licensed Professional Engineer, working at Schlaich Bergermann Partner, where she continues to make a meaningful impact through her engineering work.
Katherine Rivera, a project engineer at DeSimone Consulting Engineers, holds a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in structural engineering and forensics from Columbia University. As a passionate and lifelong learner, she embraces new challenges which shape her into a well-rounded engineer. Her experience spans across every project phase, from feasibility to construction, and encompasses a diverse range of structures, from unconventional mid- and high-rises to pedestrian bridges and even dinosaurs! Katherine's focus lies in leveraging technology to advance structural design, employing tools such as parametric and algorithmic-driven design, 3D scanning, machine learning, automation, and optimization.
Beyond her professional endeavors, Katherine finds joy in engaging with students and sharing her love for structural engineering both in and out of the classroom. Her commitment to education will see her teaching a graduate-level course on BIM and parametric design at Cooper Union in Fall 2023. Since 2015, she has actively participated in SEAoNY's Student Outreach Committee, assuming the role of co-chair from 2020 to 2022. Additionally, Katherine contributes her skills and enthusiasm to SEAoNY's Young Member and Communications efforts. She also remains engaged with NCSEA, serving as a member of the Communications Committee and co-chairing their Public Awareness and Outreach group since 2021.
Katherine's enthusiasm knows no bounds, and she even loves sharing structural fun facts with tourists who admire our extraordinary skyline. Her dedication to her work and unwavering passion make her an asset in our structural engineering community.