One World Trade Center has been awarded the Presidential Award of Excellence in Engineering, bestowed by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). Members of the project team as noted by the AISC will be honored at an awards ceremony on September 17, 2014. SOM served as architect for the project and WSP Cantor Seinuk Group served as the structural engineer.
The Presidential Award of Excellence in Engineering is given as part of the annual Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) awards program. From nearly 100 entries, 12 winners were selected; One World Trade Center was the only project to be honored with the Presidential Award.
According to the AISC, the IDEAS2 awards “recognize outstanding achievement in engineering and architecture on structural steel projects across the country.” A panel of design and construction industry professionals reviewed all submissions and selected winners.
As the first office tower to rise on the World Trade Center site, One World Trade Center recaptures the New York skyline, reasserts downtown Manhattan’s preeminence as a business center, and establishes a new civic icon for the country. It is a memorable architectural landmark for the city and the nation — a building whose simplicity and clarity of form will remain fresh and timeless. Extending the long tradition of American ingenuity in high-rise construction, the design solution is an innovative mix of architecture, structure, urban design, safety, and sustainability.
The American Institute of Steel Construction is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry.