National 9/11 Memorial Museum Pavilion wins AISC IDEAS2 Award
In a small ceremony at the site on June 16th, the AISC presented the National 9/11 Memorial Museum Pavilion design team with their IDEAS2 National Award in the greater than $75 million category.
“A beautiful, inspiring building and an incredible structural solution for an impossibly complex site.”
Judge William Bradford, AIA, NCARB, Assistant Director, Project Manager, University of Chicago at Illinois
The award was originally announced at this year’s North American Steel Construction Conference in Orlando, Florida in April.
Located on the site of the World Trade Center towers, the Pavilion is an important and moving feature for the area and serves as the entrance to the National 9/11 Museum below. BuroHappold Engineering provided sustainability, structural, facade, and MEP engineering services on the project, working closely with Snohetta to create a design that would incorporate the use of elements of the former towers and unite the historical and cultural narrative of the museum with the memorial to the people lost at the site.
The AISC IDEAS2 program recognizes projects where structural steel has been utilized in an innovative manner. For the National 9/11 Memorial Museum Pavilion, the integration of two 80 foot tridents, originally part of the iconic outer structural support of the North Tower, and the structure’s complex geometry within the constrained site impressed the judging panel. “The museum successfully pays tribute to September 11th while addressing the tremendous site challenges and requirements in a visually stunning and emotionally moving manner,” said media judge Wanda Lau, Senior Editor of Architect Magazine. Other judges described the project as “beautiful, inspiring, powerful, and humbling – a true note to how the project’s design has provided visitors with a place to reflect on the past and remember those lost while looking toward a brighter future.”
“Wow, the design team got it right on this one. A powerful and humbling project”
Brian Wessel, General Manager, Cives Steel Co – Midwest Division