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International multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Buro Happold announces that the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, DC has won a 2011 ENR New York Best Projects Award for engineering excellence in the Office category. This award recognises “creative solutions to project challenges and aesthetic design.” Buro Happold provided structural engineering, MEP engineering, and sustainability consulting for USIP, which opened in March 2011. Safdie Architects designed USIP, which was built by Clark Construction. It is a LEED Gold certified building.
“This award is an acknowledgement by our peers of our creative solutions to complex buildings. The most dramatic features of USIP are its glass and steel roofs that span over two interior atria. We collaborated with the design team to devise a sophisticated system of support for the roofs that achieves the architects’ vision and sustains the day-to-day operations of this global peacemaking organization,” said Craig Schwitter, Managing Director for Buro Happold North America.
The new 150,000-sq.ft USIP headquarters is a national hub for research, prevention, and management of international conflict. In addition to workspaces and a research library, the headquarters includes a state-of-the-art conference centre and a public education centre. It is located prominently on the Washington Mall facing the Lincoln Memorial.
The ENR Best Projects awards are judged by an independent jury of industry leaders in design and construction. The jury uses five main criteria: quality, functionality, safety, innovation, and teamwork. Winning projects from this year’s ENR New York Best Projects of 2011 will be featured in the November 7th edition of ENR New York and will be honoured in New York City on 8 November.
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Buro Happold is an independent international practice of consulting engineers. Since 1976 we have grown in size and reach to serve public and private clients across a full range of sectors through an international network of 29 offices.
We draw on the multi-disciplinary skills, knowledge and experience of our local experts to design and deliver award winning building, infrastructure and environmental projects that excel for clients, engage with communities and enrich the lives of users.
Sustainability, innovation and holistic consulting are at the heart of everything we do and we are committed to touching the earth lightly. We think harder and are dedicated to addressing the big challenges that face the planet – climate change, population growth and scarcity of natural resources.
Current and recent projects include the Grand Museum of Egypt (Cairo), the Louvre (Abu Dhabi), the Aviva Stadium (Dublin), the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, the King Abdullah Financial District (Riyadh), the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (Stratford) and the High Line (New York).