BuroHappold projects shortlisted in the structural awards 2015
Three BuroHappold projects have been recognized by the Institution of Structural Engineers. The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, Poland and the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion in New York have been shortlisted in The Structural Awards 2015 under the Arts / Entertainment Structures category. Additionally, the Redcar Leisure and Community Heart project was shortlisted under the Regional Groups category.
The Structural Awards are a prestigious international engineering awards competition selected by a judging panel comprised of the most experienced and respected professionals in the structural engineering industry. The awards celebrate the extraordinary achievements of structural engineers around the world. The winners will be announced in November.
The new home to the recently inaugurated Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra – Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia (NOSPR) is a building created for musicians and music lovers, located in Katowice, Upper Silesia, Poland. Designed by Tomasz Konior, not only is the building an awe inspiring structure but also one that supports exceptional acoustics. The BuroHappold Structural team brought global knowledge to the project to enhance the audience experience, making the concert hall a leading venue for music in Poland. The BuroHappold Engineering team was challenged to meet the highest acoustic standards, putting the focus firmly on visitor experience. A true demonstration of collaborative working, this unique concert hall offers the highest quality visual and auditory experience and is now the leading venue for music in Poland. The awards judging panel commented, “This elegant building is fully isolated from its foundations to get the best possible acoustic quality. The judges were impressed by the structural team’s foresight in getting the Coal Mining Company to improve the underlying ground conditions before construction commenced.”
The National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion acts as an open and transparent entry for visitors to the below-grade museum from the memorial site. BuroHappold Engineering, selected by the Pavilion’s architect, Snøhetta, provided integrated mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural engineering services that contributed to the realization of this 47,000 ft2 cultural facility that orients the visitor within the memorial grounds and belies the complexity of the site. President Barack Obama spoke at the Museum Dedication May 15, 2014, saying, “[The 9/11 Memorial Museum and Pavilion is a place to] remember and reflect… to reaffirm the true spirit of 9/11 – love, compassion, sacrifice – and to enshrine it forever in the heart of our nation.”
The judges of the competition agreed, saying “This beautiful structure evoke memories of the September 2001 disaster. It houses remnant parts of the original World Trade Towers’ perimeter frame and effortlessly spans the railway tracks below.”
Redcar Leisure and Community Heart is a new, mixed-use development in North Yorkshire, comprised of a civic facility, business suites and new leisure center. The Heart is the flagship development in an extensive regeneration of the area. Opened to the public in April 2014, the project has already established itself as an integral part of the town and has had a big impact on the local economy, sourcing 80% of its steelwork form Redcar Mill and creating 260 jobs. It also provides much needed fitness and swimming facilities for local people, including a Flow-Rider standing wave machine.The judges called the project, “A landmark structure that brings real benefits to the local community.”
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