Chicago — Two commercial and five institutional projects were named winners in the 2014 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Design Awards competition. Twenty-four awards were presented to projects from throughout North America at the 52nd annual PCI Design Awards, which includes best-in-class awards for both transportation structures and buildings, as well as special awards for industry advancement, sustainable design, and all-precast concrete.

The PCI Design Awards recognize design excellence and construction quality using precast concrete. The program demonstrates how designers are continuing to use precast/prestressed concrete components to achieve sustainable, more cost-effective, aesthetically pleasing, and quickly constructed projects. The 2014 awards program also took the structures’ high performance attributes into consideration.

“It was a tough competition,” said Don Powell Jr., principal-in-charge at BOKA Powell architecture firm and one of the building awards judges. “We saw many innovative applications of this technology that resulted in low-cost, high-quality finishes and exceptional quality control.”

The award-winning commercial and institutional projects are listed below. Additional details and photos for each of these projects, as well as the full list of winners and honorable mentions, are available at www.pci.org/2014designawards

2014 PCI Design Award Winning Commercial Projects:

Best Retail Building

La Maison Simons
Montreal, Quebec

Owner: La Maison Simons Inc.
Architect: LEMAYMICHAUD Architecture Design
Precast Producer: BPDL Béton Préfabriqué Du Lac
Engineer of Record: SDK & Associés Inc.
Contractor: Constructions Albert Jean Ltée

Best Office Building

Polsinelli Headquarters & Hotel Sorella
Kansas City, Missouri

Owner: Van Trust Real Estate LLC
Architect (Office Building): 360 Architecture
Architect (Hotel): Gould Evans Architects; DRAW Architect and Urban Design
Precaster and Precast Concrete Specialty Engineer: Enterprise Precast Concrete, Inc.
Engineer of Record (Office Building): Opus A&E
Engineer of Record (Hotel): Bob D. Campbell & Associates
Contractor: JE Dunn

2014 PCI Design Award Winning Institutional Projects:

Best Religious Structure

Brigham Temple
Brigham City, Utah

Owner: The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints
Architect: FFKR Architects
Precaster and Precast Concrete Specialty Engineer: Clark Pacific
Engineer of Record: ARW Engineers
Contractor: Big D Construction Corp.

Best Religious Structure

The First Baptist Church of Dallas
Dallas, Texas   

Owner: First Baptist Church of Dallas
Architect: The Beck Group
Precaster: Gate Precast Co.
Precast Concrete Specialty Engineer: e.Construct USA LLC
Engineer of Record: Brockette Davis Drake
Contractor: Manhattan Construction

Best Healthcare/Medical Buildings

Sanford Heart Hospital
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Owner: Sanford Health
Architect and Engineer of Record: AECOM
Precaster: Gage Brothers
Precast Concrete Specialty Engineer: e.Construct
Contractor: Henry Carlson Co.

Sustainable Design Award

University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion
Lexington, Kentucky

Owner: University of Kentucky
Architect: GBBN Architects
National Healthcare Architect: AECOM-Ellerbe Becket
Precaster and Precast Concrete Specialty Engineer: Gate Precast Co
Engineer of Record: Affiliated Engineers
Contractor: Turner Construction

Best Custom Solution

G8WAY Pavilion
Washington, D.C

Owner: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
Architect: Davis Brody Bond
Precaster and Precast Concrete Specialty Engineer: Gate Precast Co.
Engineer of Record: Robert Silman Associates
Contractor: KADCON Corp.

In addition to commercial and institutional structures, this year’s winners include k-12 and higher education facilities, government/public buildings, parking structures, housing structures, and bridge/transportation structures.

“For 52 years, the PCI Design Awards Program has celebrated projects that push the envelope in designing with precast concrete,” said PCI President James G. Toscas, P.E. “This year’s winning projects exemplify the fusion of high performance precast concrete with outstanding functional and aesthetic design.”

Three panels of judges selected this year’s winning projects. One panel focused on buildings, one focused on bridges/transportation projects, and a third selected the special awards for Sustainability, All-Precast Solution, and the Harry H. Edwards Award for Industry Advancement. Members of the Buildings Jury were Donald R. Powell Jr., AIA, NCARB, RID, principal-in-charge at BOKA Powell LLC; Timothy Taylor, principal at Gensler; N. Jean-Pierre Pelletier, a Montreal architect and first vice president of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC); and Bruce Sekanick, AIA, OAA, is principal architect for Phillips|Sekanick Architects Inc.

Members of the Special Awards Jury were Joe Bunkers, vice president of preconstruction at Gage Brothers Concrete Products; Andrew E.N. Osborn, S.E., P.E., Senior Principal at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE); and David Cook, principal architect at CTLGroup.

Members of the Transportation Jury were Dr. Joey Hartmann, Ph.D., P.E., director of the office of bridges and structures for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA); Mark Traynowicz, a state bridge engineer for the Nebraska Department of Roads; and Gregg Reese, president of Summit Engineering Group.

For project photos and details, judges’ biographies, and more information about the program, visit www.pci.org/2014designawards.

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