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Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards

ABOUT THE AWARDS

Each year, the four regional Member Organizations (SEAOCC, SEAONC, SEAOSC or SEAOSD), through their respective Excellence in Structural Engineering (EiSE) Awards programs, give recognition to their members and firms for demonstrating outstanding achievement and excellence in structural engineering practice and project work.

At the state level, the SEAOC Awards bring together projects, recognized by their local MOs, to celebrate the “Best of the Best”, serving as models of excellence in structural engineering representing California Structural Engineers. 

If a project receives an award in the regional program, it will be automatically elevated to the state level SEAOC Awards program. From this pool of regional winners, the SEAOC judging panel will then select the winners of the SEAOC Awards to be recognized at the SEAOC Annual Convention. Additionally, the awards recipients are published in the SEAOC Newsletter and Website, as well as, made available to local media, professional journals and press releases through SEAOC’s Communications Committee. 

HOW TO ENTER

To truly celebrate outstanding achievement and significant contribution to the profession, and recognize the best of the best, the Regional and SEAOC Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards are now integrated into a single, two-tiered program. In order to participate in the State Awards program, you MUST first enter one of the Regional (SEAOCCSEAONCSEAOSC or SEAOSD) Awards programs. If your project receives an award in the Regional program, it will be entered into the SEAOC Awards program automatically with no additional fee.

Entries are typically solicited for the Regional programs starting in winter/spring, then the winners are passed along to SEAOC for judging at the state level in the summer, for recognition at the annual SEAOC Convention in the fall. Check back here for updates on the 2019 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards as information becomes available.

 

Congratulations to the 2018 Award Winners!

The following projects were recognized at the SEAOC 2018 Convention on September 14, 2018 in Palm Desert, California. 

Awards of Excellence

Congregation Sherith Israel Seismic Strengthening (Emeryville, CA)
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
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111 Main (San Francisco, CA)
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
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425 Market St. Staircase (San Francisco, CA)
Holmes Structures
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Merit Award Winners

Seismic Upgrade of John Wayne Airport Terminals A & B (Irvine, CA)
IDS Group
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Swing Arm Isolation (San Francisco, CA)
Maffei Structural Engineering
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Pterodactyl (Los Angeles, CA)
Nast Enterprises Corp. 
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*People's Choice Award Winner*
Wilshire Grand Center (Los Angeles, CA)
Brandow & Johnston
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Our H20use (Fair Oaks, CA)
Norm Scheel Structural Engineer
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Mr. Robinson (San Diego, CA)
DCI Engineers
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The following projects were recognized at the annual SEAOC Awards Luncheon during the SEAOC Convention on Friday, September 15, 2017 in San Diego, CA. Click on the image or title of the project to view the presentation board. 

 

Special-Use Structures

Excellence in the structural engineering analysis, design and/or construction of a special-use project. Examples include non-building structures, such as a temporary movie set, an artificial rock-climbing wall and sculptural work of art.

 

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

St. Eugene’s Baldacchino
ZFA Structural Engineers (SEAONC)

 

Award of Merit

Black Rock Lighthouse Services
Holmes Structures (SEAONC)

 

Infrastructure

Excellence in the structural engineering analysis, design and/or construction of an infrastructure project, including but not limited to, bridges, tunnels, transportation facilities and dams.

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Burbank Regional Intermodal Transportation Center

Saiful Bouquet Structural Engineers (SEAOSC)

 

Award of Excellence (Small Project)

Oakwood School Pedestrian Bridge
MATT Construction (SEAOSC)

 

AWARD OF MERIT

Emergency Wharf Repair at North Embarcadero
Moffat & Nichol (SEAOSD)

 

Historical Preservation

Excellence in the achievement of creative, innovative, and precedent- setting approaches to structural engineering in the rehabilitation and preservation of a significant historic structure. Entrants in this category are encouraged to convey their approach to structural design within the context of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

 

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Hibernia Bank Building
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (SEAONC)

 

Award of Merit (Small Project)

Trefethen Historic Winery
ZFA Structural Engineers (SEAONC)

 

Award of Merit

Hotel Churchill
KPFF (SEAOSD)

 

Award of Merit

UC Berkeley Bowles Hall Seismic Retrofit
Maffei Structural Engineering (SEAONC)

 

 

Retrofit / Alteration

Excellence in the use of conventional and/or innovative technology in the evaluation and/or design of a seismic retrofit project or alteration of an existing structure. Includes seismic strengthening, additions, tenant improvements and other structural building alterations.

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Bay Area Metro Center
Holmes Structures (SEAONC)

 

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE (SMALL PROJECT)

E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts
Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers, Inc. (SEAOCC)

 

 

Award of Merit (Small Project)

High-Rise Pre-Northridge Column Splice Repair
Degenkolb Engineers (SEAONC)

 

Award of Merit

The Desmond
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP (SEAOSC & SEAONC)

 

Award of Merit

Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms Seismic Upgrade
Reid Middleton (SEAOSD)

 

 

New Construction

Excellence in the use of conventional and/or innovative technology in the design of a new construction project.

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

New United States Courthouse

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP (SEAOSC) 

 

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE (SMALL PROJECT)

1908 Shattuck Ave.
Tipping Structural Engineers (SEAONC)

  

Award of Merit

i3 San Diego
Hope-Amundson (SEAOSD)

 

Award of Merit

McMurtry Art & Art History Building
Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc. (SEAONC)

 

Sustainable Design

Excellence in use of structural design, materials and concepts that demonstrates innovation, integration, and achievement of sustainable design goals. This may include a successful application of strategies for use of environmentally sustainable “green” materials, adaptive reuse of existing structures, performance based seismic design for disaster resilience, structural optimization (efficiency), de-constructability or life- cycle assessment to achieve sustainable built environments.

 

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Golden 1 Center
Thornton Tomasetti (SEAONC) and Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers, Inc. (SEAOCC)

 

Award of Merit

Architectural Nexus Office Building
Miyamoto International (SEAOCC)

 

Award of Merit

Roseville City Hall Annex
Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers, Inc. (SEAOCC)

 

Landmark Structures

Excellence in the structural engineering analysis, design and construction of a significant project achieving “Landmark Structure” status.

Award of Excellence

Poly International Plaza
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP (SEAONC)

 



At the SEAOC 2016 Annual Convention in Maui, SEAOC recognized 27 projects from numerous firms for creative achievement and innovation in structural engineering design through it's 17th Annual Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards competition. The winning entries were selected by a team of experienced judges as demonstrating exceptional innovation and creativity in finding economic solutions to complex engineering problems.

Click on the project titles below to view the project's informational entry board.

Study / Research / Guidelines

Special-Use Structures

  • Award of Excellence (Large Project)
    The Broad Plaza
    Saiful/Bouquet Structural Engineers
  • Award of Excellence (Small Project)
    Pulp Pavilion
    Nous Engineering

Infrastructure

Historical Preservation

Retrofit / Alteration

New Construction

Sustainable Design

Landmark Structures

People's Choice



 



At the SEAOC 2013 Annual Convention and Exhibits in San Diego, SEAOC recognized 23 projects from numerous firms for creative achievement and innovation in structural engineering design through its 14th Annual Excellence in Engineering Awards Competition.

The winning entries were selected by a team of experienced judges as demonstrating exceptional innovation and creativity in finding economic solutions to complex engineering problems.

Study / Research / Guidelines

  • Award of Merit
    Environmental Analysis Tool
    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
     
  • Award of Excellence
    Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit Guidelines for Haitian Masonry Housing
    Degenkolb Engineers

Special-Use Structures

  • Award of Merit
    WETA South San Francisco Ferry Terminal Gangway and Float
    Liftech Consultants Inc.
     
  • Award of Merit
    Tahoe City Transit Center
    Crosby Group

Infrastructure

  • Award of Merit
    Space Shuttle Endeavour - Final Mission
    Plump Engineering, Inc.
     
  • Award of Excellence
    GIWW Sector Gate Monolith
    Ben C. Gerwick Inc.

Historic Preservation

  • Award of Merit
    Anaheim Packing House
    Structural Focus
     
  • Award of Excellence 
    UC Berkeley's Hearst Greek Theatre
    Tipping Mar

Retrofit and Alteration

  • Award of Merit (small project)
    A Noise Within Theatre
    Gilsanz Murray Steficek, Inc.
     
  • Award of Merit (small project)
    Cerritos College Gynasium Building
    IDS Group, Inc.
     
  • Award of Merit
    Department of Motor Vehicles Renovation and Re-Skin
    Lionakis
     
  • Award of Excellence
    Dodgers Stadium 2012 Renovations
    Nabih Youssef Associates

New Construction

  • Award of Merit 
    United States Courthouse, San Diego, California
    Englekirk Structural Engineers
     
  • Award of Merit
    Jinao Towers
    Skidmore Owings and Merrill LLP
     
  • Award of Excellence (small project)
    Malin Burnham Sailing Center at the San Diego Yacht Club
    KPFF Consulting Engineers
     
  • Award of Excellence
    Palomar Medical Center
    KPFF Consulting Engineers

Sustainable Design

  • Award of Excellence (small project)
    Habitat for Humanity - Net Zero Energy Affordable Home
    Norman Scheel Structural Engineer (NSSE)
     
  • Award of Excellence
    San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters
    Tipping Mar

Landmark Structures

  • Award of Merit (small project)
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Lynda & Stewart Resnick Pavilion
    Arup
     
  • Award of Merit (small project)
    Bing Concer Hall
    Degenkolb Engineers
     
  • Award of Merit
    The New Exploratorium at Piers 15 / 17
    Rutherford + Chekene
     
  • Award of Merit
    Cleveland Museum of Art 2012 Expansion
    Nabih Youssef Associates
     
  • Award of Excellence
    UC Berkeley California Memorial Stadium Seismic Upgrade
    Forell / Elsesser Engineers, Inc.