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Holocaust and Human Rights Center receives national award

Friday, 7 August 2009

AUGUSTA, ME – The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine received national honors from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) today when they were presented with a 2009 award for Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2). The project was one of eleven honored by the AISC as part of its annual nationwide recognition of outstanding achievements in engineering and architecture on structural steel projects.

The 6300 sf structure, located at the University of Maine at Augusta, creates a visual metaphor of a hope and rebirth, taking its form from the petals of an unfolding flower. In response to the sculptural demands of the petal architecture, Shepley Bulfinch worked with structural engineers Simpson Gumpertz and Heger to use structural steel for the complex form. The project was among the first to be completed by Shepley Bulfinch using 3D modeling (BIM) software.

The winning projects were announced in April at the AISC annual conference in Phoenix. The Center was also the subject of an article in January’s issue of Modern Steel Construction magazine.

Center receives award – Central Maine Morning Sentinel

Modern Steel Construction – January 2009

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