On Monday June 10th Buro Happold took home the top prize in two categories at the 2013 SEAoNY Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards; Yale University School of Management won the New Buildings over $100M category while the World Trade Center Memorial Pavilion won the New Buildings $30M to $100M division. Entries were judged based on creativity of the structural design, complexity of criteria, sustainability, innovative application of new techniques and efficient use of materials and labor.
Yale School of Management, designed by Foster + Partners, is scheduled to open in January 2014. Exposed exterior columns, a curved four storey glass facade, slim interior vertical elements and intricate connections achieve the demanding architectural vision and provide unparalleled interior views of the courtyard, as well as exterior views of the unique oval shaped classroom pods. Cutting-edge BIM modeling and innovative structural design were integral to Buro Happold's successful role on this 242,000 ft² building. A steel fabrication and connection model facilitated the early award of the steel package and the right to rely on Tekla models were fully utilised by the steel fabricator which further streamlined the design process.
Upon its completion later this year, the World Trade Center Memorial Pavilion will annually welcome over five million visitors as they enter the subterranean galleries of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Achieving a unique Snøhetta design with limited structural support, constraints on all sides, security requirements, and complex geometry was an unprecedented but successful challenge. The 49,000 ft² structure is an intricate web of steel and glass showcasing two surviving tridents from the Twin Towers. The true complexity of the project remains hidden to visitors as the building is supported on only 12 points split between the PATH transit station and Memorial Museum below.