The award was announced last night during a ceremony at Washington DC’s Grand Hyatt. Arup’s chairman for the Americas, Mahadev Raman, and Washington DC group leader, Greg Giammalvo, accepted the award.
The Kauffman Center, a 356,000ft2 facility designed by Safdie Architects, serves as the focal point of Kansas City’s burgeoning arts district. The project’s structural engineering highlights include a tensile roof system, a “box-in-box” design that separates the facility into three buildings for acoustical purposes, and a split in materials that provided cost and functionality benefits.
I’m delighted that the Kauffman Center was awarded the ACEC's highest prize. The project was picked out of a national shortlist of eight Grand Award winners and singled out for high praise. The judges had kept the selection a secret until the last minute, so the announcement at the ceremony came as a genuine surprise.
Mahadev Raman, Arup Americas Chairman
The ACEC’s Engineering Excellence awards are judged by a panel of approximately 25 individuals drawn from fields ranging from engineering to government and media. Criteria include innovation; future value to the engineering profession; perception by the public; social, economic and sustainable considerations; and successful fulfillment of client and owner needs.
A number of projects have also won awards from regional ACEC chapters in the past two months. During an April 6 New York ACEC chapter event held at the Waldorf-Astoria, two Arup projects received the highest level award, Diamond: +Pool (architect: Family + PlayLab) in the studies, research and consulting category, as well as the Kauffman Center in the structural category. The building systems engineering of the Kauffman Center won the second-highest level, Platinum. Pier 15, East River Waterfront (architect: SHoP) won a Gold award in the special projects category, and Haeundae I’PARK (architect: Studio Daniel Libeskind) earned Silver in the structural category.
At a Massachusetts awards ceremony held on March 20 at Cambridge's Royal Sonesta Hotel, the John W. Olver Transit Center (architect: Charles Rose Architects), the nation's first zero net energy transit facility, won a Gold award in the building systems engineering category.