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Thursday, October 24, 2019

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Earlier this week, the American Concrete Institute announced the winners of the 2019 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards, with Saudi Arabia-based King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (ITHRA) the recipient of the highest honor.

According to ACI, this award is given annually to a project that demonstrates the most creativity in the industry while also recognizing innovation, technology and excellence.

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture

Known as “Ithra”—the Arabic word for enrichment—the ITHRA encompasses 85,000 square meters (914,930 square feet) and stands 90 meters tall. The structure is supported by a 3-meter-thick (over 9-feet-thick) raft foundation.

American Concrete Institue

Earlier this week, the American Concrete Institute announced the winners of the 2019 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards, with Saudi Arabia-based King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (ITHRA) the recipient of the highest honor.

Stability is achieved within the structure using a reinforced concrete core that acts as a propped cantilever. Other design properties that make this project unique are its post-tensioned slabs that span 15.9 meters, sloped concrete walls, ramps, and its twisting and inclined reinforced concrete columns complete with a decorative concrete finish.

According to ACI, the columns supporting the elevated slabs are also inclined, resulting in a horizontal thrust force at each end of the column lift. However, for the forces to be carried back to the core, post-tensioned slabs act as structural diaphragms.

The project was completed in 2017 and is surrounded by Knowledge Park, a 220,000-square-meter park space that is reported to inspire the imagination.

Other Awards

In order to be eligible for winning an Excellence in Concrete Construction Award, projects need to be winners at a local ACI chapter level, and then submitted by that chapter, or chosen by one of the Institute’s international partners.

The vetting process involved an expert panel of judges assessing each project based on architectural and engineering merit, creativity, innovative construction techniques and use of materials, ingenuity, sustainability and resilience and functionality.

The other awards include:

Decorative Concrete

  • 1st Place: Qatar National Library, Doha, Qatar.
  • 2nd Place: Metro State University of Denver–Aerospace & Engineering Building: Denver, Colorado.

High-Rise Buildings

  • 1st Place: Generali Tower, Milano, Italy.
  • 2nd Place: Statue of Unity, Gujarat, India.


  • 1st Place: I-91 Brattleboro Bridge–Concrete Bridges to Nature: Brattleboro, Vermont.
  • 2nd Place: Goethals Bridge Replacement Project: Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Low-Rise Buildings

  • 1st Place: Hamad Port Project–Design and Build of Visitors Centre, Doha Port, Doha.
  • 2nd Place: Anastasis Church, Ille-et-Vilaine, France.

Mid-Rise Buildings

  • 1st Place: King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (ITHRA), Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia
  • 2nd Place: MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Repair & Restoration

  • 1st Place: Palais d’Iéna (Restoration of the Façades), Paris.
  • 2nd Place: Lake Peachtree Spillway Replacement: Peachtree, Georgia.

The winners were announced during the Institute’s Concrete Convention and Exposition on Oct. 21, in Cincinnati. Further details about winning projects can be found at Entries for next year’s Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards are being accepted now through April 6, 2020.


Tagged categories: American Concrete Institute; American Concrete Institute; Asia Pacific; Awards and honors; Color + Design; concrete; Design - Commercial; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Infrastructure; Infrastructure; Latin America; North America; Z-Continents

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