BOK Center wins national award for use of structural steel

BOK Center wins national award for use of structural steel

BOK Center wins national award for use of structural steel

CHICAGO, Ill. (Aug. 10, 2009)–The BOK Center, the Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects-designed arena in Tulsa, Okla., has earned national recognition in the 2009 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2) from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). The IDEAS2 awards recognize outstanding achievements in engineering and architecture on structural steel projects around the country.

The BOK Center project is a National Award Winner in the category of projects greater than $75 million, making it one of only four projects in the country to earn an award in this category. Each project is judged on its use of structural steel, with an emphasis on creative solutions to project requirements; design innovation; aesthetic and visual impact of the project; innovative use of architecturally exposed structural steel; technical or architectural advances in the use of steel; the use of innovative design and construction methods; and sustainable design.

Located in the heart of heart of Tulsa, the new $178 million, 18,500-seat BOK Center serves a multitude of event types from concerts, to sports games, to many other community gatherings. Beyond providing a new venue for Tulsa, the city also envisioned the BOK Center as a new architectural icon as well as the anchor of its downtown revitalization effort.

“Aesthetically, this is the most remarkable stadium project I have seen in a long time,” commented Christina Koch, LEED AP, editor in chief of eco-structure and metalmag magazines and a judge in the competition. “Only steel could have provided the building’s curves, and the metal façade is a nice complement.”

The 11 IDEAS2 winners for 2009 were chosen from nearly 100 submissions received by architectural and engineering firms throughout the U.S. Each submission is reviewed and award winners are selected by a nationally recognized panel of design and construction industry professionals.

The IDEAS2 awards are the highest project-based awards bestowed by the structural steel industry, with the annual program dating back over 70 years to the earliest years of AISC’s existence. Roger E. Ferch, P.E. president of AISC, said, “The entire BOK Center project team has shown how structural steel can be used to create sustainable buildings that combine beauty and practicality. The result is a facility that serves its visitors extremely well, while providing an example of what can be achieved when designing and constructing projects with steel.”

About the American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development.

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