Structural Engineers Association of New York

Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards

Sponsored by SEAoNY the Excellence in Structural Engineer (EiSE) Awards Program recognizes the innovative and complex projects completed by structural engineering firms located in the New York City area.  The EiSE Awards Program is modeled after the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) Excellence in Structural Engineering 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 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. 

2019 EiSE Award Winners

New Buildings

Krause Gateway Center - Silman

This new 160,000 square foot corporate headquarters provides a modern and flexible work environment. The project’s conceptual motif is its set of four vast planes, which emphasize lightness and transparency and are augmented by outdoor terraces and glass on all sides. The structural showpiece of the building is its perimeter exterior cantilevered framing, affectionately known as the “nosing”. Along with long interior spans and thin floor plates, these dramatic cantilevers necessitated a careful and integrated structural design process. The completed 6-story building provides open sight lines, column-free workspaces, and an abundance of natural light for its occupants..

One Thousand Museum - DeSimone

One Thousand Museum introduces a bold, new silhouette to the Miami skyline and has quickly become one of the most high-profile developments in the United States. Located in the cultural epicenter of Downtown, Miami, the facade of the 62-story tower was designed by the architect to invoke its surroundings and resembles an undulating piece of sculpture from the podium to the pinnacle. Beyond aesthetic, the façade is comprised of glass and Glass Fiber-Reinforced Concrete and functions as a structural exoskeleton that is designed to carry gravity loads of the tower and to provide lateral stiffness to withstand high-velocity, hurricane wind forces.

The Shed - Thornton Tomasetti

The Shed is an innovative project that creates a unique and unrivaled space in New York City. Founded on the principle of flexibility, the project comprises a museum, theater/performance space, rehearsal area, and artists’ lab. One of the Shed’s most iconic features is an entire building deployed on rails in order to double the footprint of the project and create an unprecedented space dedicated to the arts. Thornton Tomasetti provided structural engineering, kinetic consulting, façade design and day-lighting analysis for the structure. The complex and innovative project included high-performance materials and structural systems and architecturally exposed steelwork.

Forensic Analysis/ Renovation/ Retrofit & Rehabilitation of Structures

Confidential Project Redevelopment - SOM

Skidmore Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM) redeveloped two neighboring steel-framed buildings to create one unified head-quarters in lower Manhattan in New York City. SOM’s major renovation work consisted of connecting the two buildings to create a new atrium space and a shared lobby, requiring extensive modification to the structural system without compromising the existing buildings’ lateral systems and foundations. Additionally, the project added communal spaces, a new roof terrace, major recladding, interior improvements, and vertical transportation, mechanical, and security upgrades; all performed while the buildings were fully occupied.

Other Structures

Art Wall - schlaich bergermann partner

The Hudson Yards Art Wall is one of the world’s first cable net walls supporting individual curved glass panels. Sixteen rows of curved glazing form a dramatic 300-foot facade. At each vertical glass joint, a set of stainless-steel cables carries the dead load of the wall to upper beams. In the atrium, the wall is stiffened perpendicularly by horizontal cables, while in the retail spaces floor slabs provide lateral support. This innovative system of minimal structural supports allows the reflective and artistic qualities of the curved glass to be on prominent display in the new Hudson Yards plaza.

Engineer’s Choice Award

NYU Langone Health Helen L. & Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion - LERA Consulting Structural Engineers

Thank you to the 2018 EiSE Award Judges

Sara Steele - Past President of SEAoNY, Silman

Tim Lynch - Chief Engineer, NYC Department of Buildings 

Edward Segal - Assistant Professor, Hofstra University

Alison Zuccaro - Designer, Christoff Finio Architecture 

EiSE Award Archive

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

Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards Archive

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