On November 5, 2015, a ceremony at Denver Union Station marked the project's national recognition in the 2015 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) awards program. Charles Besjak, Director of Structural Engineering in SOM's New York office, attended the event to accept the award, alongside members of the project team representing Trammell Crow Company, Kiewit, Schuff Steel, and LPR Construction.
Given annually by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the IDEAS2 awards program is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. steel industry, recognizing outstanding projects in engineering and architecture using structural steel. In 2015, Denver Union Station was one of two SOM projects to receive the award, along with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.
Denver Union Station, which opened in 2014, is located on the edge of the capital city's central business district. The focal point of the intermodal transit project is the open-air Train Hall. Its primary structural system comprises 11 steel "arch trusses" spanning nearly 180 feet, clad in tensioned PTFE fabric. In profile, the canopy rises 70 feet at either end and descends in a dynamic sweep to 22 feet at the center, a gesture that allows the structure to protect the passenger platforms below while providing views of the historic station.