When it comes to Chicago’s newest and most innovative structures, design architects typically grab the bigger headlines while the structural engineering firms often go overlooked outside of specialized trade publications. To bring justly deserved attention to standout work in this highly technical field, the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois presents awards for engineering excellence each year at its annual banquet. The 2016 meeting saw several Chicago and Chicago area projects honored earlier this month.
The top juror’s choice award was presented to Magnusson Klemencic Associates for the firm’s work on 150 North Riverside. Though still under construction, the 750-foot tower was praised for its narrow foundation set by the site’s tight footprint between the Chicago River and active commuter rail lines. The group’s award for best renovation/retrofit project, meanwhile, went to firm TGRWA for the LondonHouse Hotel’s lateral support system which enabled the construction of a glassy 22-story addition onto the existing 93-year-old London Guarantee Building.
Other awards of merit went local projects such as 1K Fulton, Zurich’s new corporate headquarters in Schaumburg, Glencoe’s Writer’s Theatre, and Navy Pier’s Centennial Wheel. Click here to see this year’s entire list.