By Paul Ploumis
November 17, 2016 03:55:12 AM
SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The Steel Joist Institute (SJI) has announced the call for entries for the annual Design Awards. The last date of submission of applications is February 10, 2017.
All projects submitted must be located in the US, Canada or Mexico. Only those projects constructed within the last three years will be considered. The projects can include new buildings or major retrofit and expansion projects. The steel joists and/or joist girders must have been manufactured by an active member of the Steel Joist Institute.
The awards will be presented in three categories, as follows:
- Industrial (i.e. distribution centers, warehouses, and light manufacturing facilities)
- Non-industrial (i.e. office buildings, schools, and churches)
- Unique applications (i.e. projects with unique application of steel joists)
Companies are allowed to submit more than one project. Each project will be judged separately, based on several criteria including flexibility, speed of construction, value and aesthetic considerations.
The SJI press release states that entries including text and photos, will be judged entirely at the discretion of SJI. Winners will be contacted by email address or phone number used to enter the contest. The engineer or architect listed on the winning entry will be considered the winner. The entry must specify engineer or architect. Each prize winner must supply SJI with his/her legal name, mailing address, birth date and daytime and nighttime telephone numbers. Upon selection of the winners, the SJI will contact the person making the entry and make arrangements for the presentation of the award. Management, employees and families of SJI are prohibited from winning any prizes awarded by SJI.
The winners of the 2015 Design Award in three categories were
Industrial- Homewood Flossmoor High School Fieldhouse Addition, Flossmoor, IL.
Non-industrial- Rocky Top Sports World, Gatlinburg, TN.
Unique applications- ASU College Avenue Commons, Tempe,AZ.
The 125,000 square foot open space Field House Addition at Homewood Flossmoor High School was designed without interior columns so that full unobstructed access could be achieved for the uses that require such. Joists that span approximately 200 feet allow for flexibility in the space and act to support a suspended mezzanine that exists column-free for nearly a 40 ft. span.
The Rocky Top Sports is an integral part of an 80 acre state-of-the-art sports campus. The main court area includes three bays of 64DLH joists spanning 110’ where the middle bay utilizes joists with double-pitched top chords and the outer bays have sloping joists. The DLH joists were designed to accommodate a variety of loadings including mechanical equipment, hydraulic goals and fully articulated divider curtains.
The ASU College Ave Commons project used vertically oriented long-span steel joists on the face of a post-tensioned concrete building to support an architectural metal veil offset from the face of the structure. The application of the joist was especially complex at the corner of the building where the 14’-0” deep, double-layer joists were supporting 10’-0” deep joists which framed into their sides. The steel joist system with double-angle joists members allowed for an small-profile, light, exposed, section that was also had enough rigidity to hold the architectural sun-shade skin.
The 2015 Design Awards’ judges were R. Donald Murphy, G. Wayne Studebaker, P.E., Robert Neumann, and Richard Phaneuf, P.E.