Structural Engineers Association of New York

Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards

The SEAoNY Excellence in Structural Engineering (EiSE) Awards Program recognizes the innovative and complex projects completed by structural engineering firms located in the New York City area.  The SEAoNY EiSE Awards Program is modeled after the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) EiSE Awards.  The winning projects themselves can be located anywhere in the world but must demonstrate:

  • Creativity of complex design
  • Innovative use of materials and techniques
  • Sustainability of design in social, economic, or environmental considerations 

SEAoNY EiSE Award winners are selected from four major 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 other 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 open to the international structural engineering community is conducted to select the winner. 

Young Engineer of the Year Award (NEW)

This award highlights an engineer under the age of 36 who represent top rising engineers in the structural engineering industry by giving back to their industry and communities. 

2021 SEAoNY EiSE Award Winners

New Buildings

1245 Broadway - GACE

1245 Broadway is a new concrete commercial tower in Midtown, Manhattan located blocks away from Greeley Square Park, and close to both Penn Station and major subway lines making it an ideal and convenient location for its tenants. The building includes boutique office space throughout its 22-stories retail space at cellar and ground levels. A system of transfer slabs and beams made it possible to have 4 setback outdoor terraces at the 6th, 10th, 13th, and 20th floors of the building. The structure is comprised of flat plate construction with a lateral system of shear walls, covered by an exposed concrete façade and supported on a mat foundation.

Columbia Business School - Arup

We have designed several creative structural solutions to support the ambitious architecture of the 2 buildings, delivering a highly integrated design that exceeds the university’s desire to craft an environment that fosters connection and interaction between students and faculty staff. Special steel framing solutions are provided at the perimeters to create the layered and textured shapes of the buildings, for example the story-deep ‘skip trusses’. Students and staff can meet on spiraling, slender feature stairs with panoramic views over the square. On the ground floors, very transparent auditorium spaces connect the buildings with the campus and the city.

One VanderbiltSeverud Associates

At a height of 1,401 feet, One Vanderbilt is Midtown Manhattan’s tallest office tower, and one of the most graceful architecturally. Severud Associates engineered an efficient structural steel building frame that was erected ahead of a core of high-strength concrete shear walls. Outrigger trusses and a tuned mass damper control lateral drift and accelerations. The foundation and transit and open space improvements were tightly coordinated with mechanical systems and adjacent infrastructure to avoid interference and improve interconnectivity. Now home to many leading firms, the sustainably constructed tower will revitalize its neighborhood and serve as a model for future public-private endeavors.

Forensic Analysis/ Renovation/ Retrofit & Rehabilitation of Structures

Moynihan Train Hall - Severud Associates

Moynihan Train Hall expands New York City’s Penn Station across Eighth Avenue and into the landmarked James A. Farley Post Office, designed by McKim, Mead and White in 1912 as a sister to their original Pennsylvania Station. Five decades after demolition of Penn Station and almost 30 years after the plan’s conception, Moynihan Train Hall once again provides visitors with a grand entrance to New York City. The redevelopment, led by a public-private partnership between New York State, transportation authorities, and a design-build joint venture, is a 21st century transportation hub that greatly improves access and interconnectivity and offers many amenities to improve each visitor’s experience.

Other Structures

Little Island - Arup

The 2.4-acre urban oasis is part park, part performance venue sitting atop 132 precast concrete “pots” soaring high above the Hudson River. Utilization of parametric modeling, electronic information transfer, digital fabrication and offsite construction was critical to the project’s realization. Complex geometries were developed by the architect using parametric scripts and further refined by Arup to make them structural. 3D geometry files were sent to the fabricator for CNC-milled foam formwork, automatic rebar bending and virtual fit-up with 3D scan. Full assembly was complete offsite and pots were delivered to the site for erection onto the precast cylinder piles.

Engineer’s Choice Award

Greenpoint Landing Site D - DeSimone 

Young Engineer of the Year Award

Yun Luo - LERA

Thank you to the 2021 EiSE Award Judges:

Jonathan Hernandez - Past President of SEAoNY & Partner at Gilsanz Murray Steficek (GMS)

Robert Murray - SEAoNY Honorary Member & President at Murray Engineering

Sarrah Kahn - Principal Engineer at Agencie Architecture & Engineering

Diana Zakem - Director of Construction at Brookfield Properties

Len Woods - Vice President at Ramboll

EiSE Award Archive

To view the winning projects and firms of previous years, please visit the Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards Archive.

Contact Us

For questions and comments, please contact the SEAoNY Awards Committee here.



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