The Structural Awards 2016: Taking Structural Engineering to new heights
Announcing the winners
The winners of The Structural Awards 2016 were announced on 11 November during a ceremony held at The Brewery in London. The Institution of Structural Engineers has presented the Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre in Surrey, Canada with one of the highest accolades in world engineering, “The Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence”.
Engineered by Fast + Epp, the Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre boasts the world’s most slender, long span timber catenary roof. The undulating roof shape reduces the amount of air to be heated and de-humidified, cutting operational costs, while ingenious steel tube columns in the façade serve a double function, resisting wind loads and acting as ventilator ducts.
The Awards judges said: “We were struck by the undulating roof, which elegantly balances structural form with building use and celebrates the expressed materials. The adoption of timber in catenary permitted a structural depth of just 300mm for a 55m span - a design which defies convention and demanded design excellence.”
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About the Awards
The Structural Awards recognise the world’s most talented structural designers, showcase the projects that lead industry development, and raise awareness of structural engineers’ role as the guardians of public safety and as creative, innovative design professionals.
The event’s ultimate accolade is the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence. Previous winners include the Singapore Sports Hub; Glass Lantern, Apple Zorlu in Turkey; Taizhou Bridge in China and the London 2012 velodrome.
The Awards are a unique opportunity to showcase outstanding work to an audience of leading industry professionals and to raise awareness of great engineering with the public. A Structural Award is an internationally recognised symbol of excellence, and even being shortlisted marks out a project as cutting edge.
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Thank you to everybody who entered The Structural Awards this year. We hope to see you at the Awards Ceremony on 11 November.
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