2009 Design Award Winners

Steel Joist Institute is proud to announce the winners of the 2009 Design Awards. The winners received a $2,000 scholarship in their company’s name for the school of their choice and are featured in the November issue of Structural Engineer.


Industrial design winner, ThyssenkruppThyssenkrupp Stainless USA
Calvert, AL
Giffels, LLC/IBI Group
Joists produced by Vulcraft
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Non-Industrial winner, Vancouver Convention & Exhibition FacilitiesVancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia
Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineers
Joists produced by Canam Steel Works
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Unique design winner, Rip Ride Rockit at Universal StudiosRip Ride Rockit-Universal Studios
Orlando, FL
Bliss & Nyitray, Inc.
Joists produced by CMC Joist & Deck
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Honorable Mentions

Industrial – Burrough-Brasuell Corp. – View Project

Non-Industrial – Fink, Roberts and Petrie, Inc. – View Project

Unique Application – Robert Silman Associates – View Project

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?