The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) has announced the winners of its 18th biennial Design Awards Competition. Winners were judged on four criteria: satisfaction of the owner's objectives, effective planning, innovation to meet project goals, and full exploitation of the benefits of cast-in-place reinforced concrete. Here are the 2006 winners:

Grand Award
  • Holy Rosary Catholic Church Complex, St. Amant, La. Concrete contractor: Quality Design & Construction.

Special Award—Security Design
  • Oklahoma City Federal Building. Concrete contractor: Flintco Inc.
  • Patriots Plaza—Phase I, Washington, D.C. Concrete contractor: Helix Constructors LLC.
  • Oklahoma Hall, Bachelor Enlisted Quarters P-593, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Concrete contractor: Dick Pacific Construction Co. Inc.

Design Award
  • RadioShack Riverfront Campus, Fort Worth, Texas. Concrete contractor: The Beck Group.
  • Press Box at Alex G. Spanos Stadium, Stockton, Calif. Concrete contractor: Mid-Cal Constructors.
  • Austin (Texas) City Hall. Concrete contractor: Hensel Phelps Construction Co.

Merit Award
  • Tacoma (Wash.) Community College. Concrete contractor: Albrecht Birkenbuel Inc.
  • Natural Sciences Building, University of California at San Diego. Concrete contractor: J.R. Construction Inc.
  • Oxford Parking Garage, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Concrete contractor: J.F. White.


Above: The Austin City Hall complex, constructed for $50 million, houses city government offices, a public plaza, and a 750-car underground parking garage. Photo: CRSI


Left: The 181,000-square-foot Oklahoma City Federal Building was constructed for $34.4 million. It was designed to resist specific blast pressure against the side of the building. Photo: CRSI

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