SEAOI announces winners of 2019 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards

Rufus 2.0 Spheres, by Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Winners of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI) 2019 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards were announced at the 2019 annual banquet on June 22.

This design competition takes place each year to recognize excellence in structural engineering.

Awards included:

  • Jurors’ Favorite/Most Innovative: Rufus 2.0 Spheres, by Magnusson Klemencic Associates
  • Best Project — >$150 Million: Glenstone II Art Museum, by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • Best Project — $50 Million to $150 Million: Manhattan Loft Gardens, by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • Best Project — $10 Million to $50 Million: Brother James Gaffney, FSC, Student Center, by Wight & Company
  • Best Project – up to $10 Million: Lake Shore Drive Residence, by The Structural Group
  • Best Industrial/Utility Project: Trumpf Inc. Smart Factory, by IMEG Corp.
  • Best Bridge/Transportation Project: 41st Street Steel Arch Pedestrian Bridge, by Chicago Department of Transportation and AECO
  • Best Renovation/Retrofit Project: TIE
    • Chicago Union Station Great Hall Restoration, by Klein and Hoffman, Inc.
    • Hotel Julian, by TGRWA
  • Best Neighboring State Project: Mackinac Bridge Paint Platforms, by Ruby + Associates
  • Lavicka Award: Theater on the Lake, by Clark T Baurer Structural Engineering

Awards of Merit:

  • One Bennett Park, Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.
  • Circa, Cary Kopczynski & Company
  • C.H. Robinson Midwest Headquarters, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • I-240 MemFix4 CMGC, Alfred Benesch & Company
  • Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge, Parsons
  • 905 W Fulton, FOREFRONT Structural Engineers
  • Wrigley Field Renovation, Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.
  • Kinematic Sculpture; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

The 2019 Panel of Judges:

  • Academia – Gianluca Cusatis, Ph.D. , Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Northwestern University
  • Architecture – Robert Forest, FAIA, RIBA, OAA, Partner, Adrian Smith Gordon Gill Architecture
  • Construction/Development — Mike Pfeffer, Vice President of Architecture, Related Midwest
  • Government – Rebekah Scheinfeld, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT)
  • Media – Kevin Carmody, Group Publisher, V1 Media/Informed Infrastructure Magazine Structural Engineering – Danielle Kleinhans, PhD, PE, FACI, President/CEO, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute


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