The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI) honored 16 SOM structural projects at its annual awards dinner on June 6, 2015. These awards in part reflect the purpose of the SEAOI: to advance and advocate excellence in structural engineering and to aid in safeguarding the public.
Two SOM projects were recognized in SEAOI’s annual Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards competition. Internationally, Cayan Tower in Dubai was named Best Project exceeding $150 million. Weather Field No. 1, an art installation in Santa Monica designed by Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle and engineered by SOM, won the William and Alys Lavicka Award.
Additionally, in recognition of SEAOI’s 50th year, 50 significant structures were recognized that have stood the test of time since SEAOI was founded in 1965. 14 SOM structures around the world made the list, including the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California, and Picasso's sculpture in Chicago. These honors attest to the firm’s lasting significance as an industry leader in structural engineering.