Chicago Real Estate, Firms Bring Home Structural Awards

June 06, 2010
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The Ledge at Willis Tower

The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois held its 2010 Excellence in Structural Engineering awards presentation Saturday night, and a Chicago ledge won one of the top prizes.

The competition awarded honors in a variety of categories including Best Large, Medium and Small Structures, Most Innovative Structure, and Jurors’ Favorite, which was given to the firm of Halcrow Yolles for the Ledge at Willis Tower.

The Ledge is a 10′ x 10′ glass box that juts out of the 103rd floor of Chicago’s tallest building and makes you feel like you are suspended in air.

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The Burj Khalifa

The Chicago firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill took the prize for Most Innovative Structure for the Burj Khalifa, a 2,717-foot-fall tower in Dubai that opened last January as the world’s tallest skyscraper.

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The Best Large Structural Award, which was given to a project with a total construction cost of at least $20 million, went to Magnusson Klemencic Associates for Aqua, an 82-story, mixed-use residential skyscraper on North Columbus Drive that features balconies stretched out as far as 12 feet.

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Burnham Pavilion at Millenium Park

The Best Medium Structure Award, which was given to a project that cost $2 to $20 million, went to Chicago’s Halvorson and Partners for the United Arab Emirates pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo.

The Best Small Structural Award, for a project that cost less than $2 million, went to Rockey Structures for the Burnham Pavilions at Chicago’s Millenium Park.

This is the 31st annual awards event for the SEAOI. Eligible projects were those completed since Jan. 1, 2007 and completed or at least under construction as of Jan. 1, 2010.

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