The International Spy Museum was awarded an IDEAS² award by The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). This award recognized the project as one of the top steel building projects in the United States. IDEAS² stands for “Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel.” This award is among the highest honors presented by the U.S. structural steel industry.
One judge on the AISC panel that selected this project as the winner stated: “The International Spy Museum is a stunning showcase of architecturally exposed structural steel. The painted sloping columns are particularly attention grabbing and they highlight not just the strength but also the elegance of the steel as a building material. The finished building stands out beautifully against the architecture more traditional to Washington, D.C.”
Max Puchtel of AISC presented the award during a happy hour reception held in the project team’s honor on September 13, 2022. Among those present were representatives from SteelFab Inc., Clark Construction Group, SK&A Structural Engineers, Prodraft, Inc., and the Nucor Corporation.
SK&A was honored to collaborate with the industry partners named above as well as JBG Smith, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Hickok Cole Architects, and Memco LLC. We are proud of our team members’ contributions to this project and would like to specifically recognize Walid Choueiri, PE, SE, Dan Cocciardi, PE, SE, Catherine Pastoor, PE, SE, and Jonathan Gallis, PE, SE, for their commitment to the project’s success.
Learn more about the design and construction of the International Spy Museum here.