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Bridges Receive Concrete Design Awards

Monday, November 16, 2015

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Two bridges recently received honors during the American Concrete Institute’s (ACI) first Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards.

ACI honored 10 projects selected from five categories. The awards were “created to honor the visions of the most creative projects in the concrete industry, while providing a platform to recognize concrete innovation, technology, and excellence across the globe,” according to an ACI statement.

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The Cable-stayed Footbridge, in Celakovice, Czech Republic, took first place in the Infrastructure category of ACI's first Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards.

The awards were given Nov. 9 at the Concrete Convention & Exposition in Denver.

Infrastructure Category

Taking first place in the Infrastructure category, the Cable-stayed Footbridge, in Celakovice, Czech Republic, was submitted by the Czech Concrete Society. The 245-meter-long (803-foot-long) bridge, with a main span of 156 meters (512 feet), took 16 months to complete, the ACI said. It was designed by KMS Architects. Construction wrapped up in April 2014.

The Second place winner was the Interstate 5 Willamette River Bridge Project, in Eugene, OR. According to the ACI, the bridge was submitted by the association’s Oregon Chapter.

The Interstate 5 Willamette River Bridge Project, also known as the Whilamut Passage Bridge, took second place in the Infrastructure category.

Also known as the Whilamut Passage bridge, the project took more than five years to complete. The bridge has a northbound length of 1,984 feet, while the southbound side is just 1,759 feet, the ACI said. The bridge’s general contractor was Hamilton Construction.

Other Awards

The MuCEM: Museum of European Mediterranean Civilizations received the association’s Excellence Award, which ACI characterized as the highest honor. Located in Marseille, France, the museum is “an icon of urban rejuvenation located on the banks of the 2,600-year-old harbor at Marseille,” according to ACI.

In addition to winning the Excellence Award, the MuCEM: Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations—which was submitted for consideration by the ACI Paris Chapter—took first place in the Low Rise Buildings category.

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, in Natchitoches, LA, took second in the same category. It was submitted by the Louisiana Chapter, ACI said in its statement.

The MuCEM: Museum of European Mediterranean Civilizations received both the Excellence Award and First Place in the Low-Rise Buildings category.

Other category winners, with links to a video describing each, were:

High-Rise Buildings

Decorative Concrete

Repair & Restoration

Entries for the 2016 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards are due by Feb. 15, 2016. Each chapter or international partner can submit two entries, ACI said. Visit the ACI Awards website for more information.


Tagged categories: American Concrete Institute; Asia Pacific; Awards and honors; Building design; Concrete; Decorative concrete; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; North America; Program/Project Management

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