2011 Design Award Winners

The Steel Joist Institute is excited to announce the winners of the 2011 Design Awards. Each winning company received a $2,000 scholarship in their company’s name for the school of their choice.


2011 Industrial winner, Skechers USA, Inc.Skechers USA, Inc.
Moreno Valley, CA
Wynright Corporation
Joists produced by Valley Joists
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2011 Non-industrial winner, Brunswick Volunteer Fire CompanyBrunswick Volunteer Fire Company
Brunswick, MD
Allgaier, Mendenhall, Smith
Joists produced by Canam
View Project


2011 Unique winner, Innovative Engineering, Inc.'s Parking Garage Solar CanopyParking Garage Solar Canopy
Bergen County, NJ
Innovative Engineering, Inc.
Joists produced by Canam
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Honorable Mentions

Industrial – Computerized Structural Design, S.C. for a rail storage and loading building in Columbia City, IN – View Project

Non-Industrial – Gilsanz, Murray, Steficek for the St. Thomas the Apostle School in Los Angeles, CA

Unique – S/L/A/M Collaborative, Inc. for the ESPN Child Care Center in Bristol, CT – 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?


The 2011 Design Awards’ judges were R. Donald Murphy, G. Wayne Studebaker, P.E., Robert Neumann, and Richard Phaneuf, P.E. – View Bios