2015 Design Award Winners

The Steel Joist Institute is excited to announce the 2015 Design Award winners. Each of the winning companies received a $2,000 scholarship in their company’s name for the school of their choice.


2015_Design Award Winner_Homewood Flossmoor High School Additions_IndustrialHomewood Flossmoor High School Fieldhouse Addition
Flossmoor, IL
Pease Borst & Associates
Joists produced by Vulcraft
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2015_Design Award Winner_Rocky Top Sports World_Non-IndustrialRocky Top Sports World
Gatlinburg, TN
Bender & Associates
Joists produced by Vulcraft
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2015_Design Award Winner_ASU College Avenue Commons_UniqueASU College Avenue Commons
Tempe, AZ
PK Associates
Joists produced by Canam
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Judging Criteria

Judging of each entry was evaluated and based on the following criteria:

  • Flexibility – What role did flexibility play in how the steel joists were utilized? Did the project need to allow for an addition later? Were steel joists selected over other structural systems because of flexibility?
  • Speed of construction – How quickly did the construction and erection of the steel joists take place? Was weather a factor?
  • Value – How did the cost of the project compare with the results? Was the overall cost of the project a good value?
  • Aesthetic considerations – Did the use of steel joists enhance the overall appearance of the project?


The 2015 Design Awards’ judges were R. Donald Murphy, G. Wayne Studebaker, P.E., Robert Neumann, and Richard Phaneuf, P.E. – View Bios