The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois announces its Call for Entries in the Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards Program for 2022, the 43rd annual awards event conducted by the association. The Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards Competition takes place each year to recognize creative achievement in structural engineering via innovative structural designs and individual contributions that advance the profession. 

Purpose

To recognize creative achievement in structural engineering via innovative structural designs and individual contributions that advance the profession.
 

Eligibility

Projects completed since January 1, 2019, are eligible. Projects must be completed or under construction as of January 1, 2022. Incomplete projects must be sufficiently complete to clearly show the basic design of the structural system. For this awards program, “design” may refer to the overall structure or an element that performs a key function within the completed structure. Any type or size of project may be entered, including new projects, renovations, preservation, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse projects. The project need not be located in Illinois, but at least one member of the design team, or a principal of the firm responsible for the entry, shall be a member of SEAOI. Submitting an application for membership with an entry will satisfy this requirement. For entries in the Best Neighboring State category, at least one member of the design team, or a principal of the firm responsible for the entry, shall be a member of a neighboring state Structural Engineers Association.
 

Categories of Awards

Awards will be presented for the following:

  • Juror’s Favorite/Most Innovative Structure
  • Best Bridge/Transportation Project
  • Best Industrial /Utility Project
  • Best Renovation/Retrofit/Preservation Project
  • Best Special Structure
  • Best Project – over $150 million
  • Best Project – $50 million up to $150 million
  • Best Project – $10 million up to $50 million
  • Best Project – up to $10 million
  • Lavicka Award – Small Firm/Small Project
  • Best Neighboring State Project – designer located in a state neighboring Illinois
     

Project categories apply to total construction costs. The bridge/transportation category applies to any size of bridge; however, entries can be also submitted in individual cost categories. The winner of the Jurors’ Favorite/Most Innovative will be selected from entries in all categories.

One project will be selected to receive the Juror’s Favorite/Most Innovative Structure award. A project selected in this category, however, will not simultaneously be selected in one of the Best Project categories. Similarly, projects awarded the Best Bridge/Transportation and Best Renovation/Retrofit/Preservation Projects will not simultaneously be selected in one of the categories classified by construction cost. Finalists will be selected to make presentations at the SEAOI dinner meeting in May. One finalist will be selected to win each category of award. Finalists not selected as Juror’s Favorite/Most Innovative Structure or Best Project will receive Awards of Merit.

SEAOI and the Judging Panel reserve the right to withhold an award in a particular category should no entry be deemed worthy.
 

Congratulations to the 2021 Winners

Lavicka Award

 

BMX Bowls Bridge
Houston, TX

EndreStudio

 

 

 

Best Project - up to $10 Million


1040 W. Fulton
Chicago, IL

IMEG Corp.

 

 


 

 

Best Project - $10 Million to $50 Million

 

RaviniaMusicBox Experience Center
Highland Park, IL

Wight & Company

 

 


Best Project - $50 Million to $150 Million

 

Shenzhen Rural Commercial Bank Headquarters
Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

 

 


Best Project - over $150 Million

 

Circa
Los Angeles, CA

CKC Structural Engineers

 

 

 

 

Best Renovation/Retrofit Project 


 

Chicago Union Station - Clinton Street Improvements
Chicago, IL

Klein & Hoffman

 

 

Best Bridge/Transportation Project




Lakefront Trail Pedestrian Bridge
Chicago, IL

HNTB

 

 

Best Industrial/Utility Project




Sooner Plant Units 1 & 2 Conveyor 10 & 11
Red Rock

Wolf Point Engineers

 

 

Best Special Structure 




Robotic Construction - The Glass Vault

Westminster University, London, UK

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

 

 

Jurors' Favorite/Most Innovative Structure



St. Regis Chicago

Chicago, IL

Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Photo: Angie McMonigal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to the 2021 Finalists!

  • BMX Bowls Bridge, Endrestudio
  • Chicago Union Station - Clinton Street Improvements, Klein & Hoffman
  • Lakefront Trail Pedestrian Bridge, HNTB
  • Sooner Plant Units 1 & 2 Conveyor 10 & 11, Wolf Point Engineers
  • ​RaviniaMusicBox Experience Center, Wight & Company
  • Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory, Building 201, CannonDesign
  • Shenzhen Rural Commercial Bank Headquarters, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Vassar Brothers Medical Center Inpatient Pavilion, GRAEF
  • ​110 North Wacker Drive, Thornton Tomasetti
  • ​St. Regis Chicago, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
  • Circa, Cary Kopczynski & Company
  • Robotic Construction - The Glass Vault, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • 1040 W. Fulton, IMEG Corp