Overview

Over 49 years ago, the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) launched its Annual Design Awards program. The purpose of the PCI Design Awards program is to recognize design excellence and construction quality using precast concrete.

Entries are accepted in two primary categories: buildings and transportation structures. In order to qualify, the structure must be substantially constructed using precast concrete. For buildings, this includes precast concrete cladding systems (architectural precast), structural systems, or combinations of both. For transportation structures, this includes all types of bridges and other related components for which the precast concrete has been manufactured in a permanent precast concrete manufacturing plant. More details on the 2012 submission categories are presented in the Table below. For more information about entry rules, qualifications and timelines, click on the 2012 Design Awards program link.
2012 (DRAFT) ENTRY CATEGORIES

BUILDINGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORTATION

Use Type

Code

Use Type

Code

Commercial & Entertainment

New or Replacement Bridges

Office

OF

Main span, up to 75 feet long

TA

Retail/Mixed Use

RM

Main span, from 76-150 feet long

TB

Convention/ Meeting facilities

CM

Main span, more than 151 feet long

TC

Stadiums/Arenas/Sports facilities

ST

 

 

Theaters

TH

Rehabilitated Bridge

 

 

 

Qualifies when at least a portion of the superstructure remains from the original bridge

TD

Institutional

 

 

 

Schools (K-12)

SC

Non-Highway Bridge

TE

Higher Education

HE

Includes pedestrian, bicycle, snowmobile, railroad, or transit bridges.

 

Government/Public

GP

 

Justice/Correctional

JC

 

Military

ML

 

 

Healthcare

HC

Special Solution

TZ

Religious

RL

Transportation-related structures such as soundwalls or bridges that have one or more of  the following as a key feature: precast concrete bridge approach slabs; precast deck panels; precast footings, abutments, piers, or railings; the bridge has been moved as a complete structure into its final position

 

High Tech & Laboratory

HL

 

 

 

 

Industrial

 

 

Warehouse/Distribution centers

WD

 

Manufacturing Facilities*

MA

 

Parking Structures

PS

 

 

 

 

Residential

 

 

Single-Family Homes

SF

 

Multi-Family Buildings**

MF

 

Hotels/Motels

HM

 

 

Retirement/Assisted Living

RA

 

 

 

 

Specialized

 

 

Custom Solutions

ZZ

 

*Includes food processing
**Includes apartments, condominiums, dormitories

SPECIAL AWARDS
There are three optional, special award categories for which projects may apply in addition to the primary ones. These include the Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award, the All-Precast Solution Award, and the Sustainable Design Award. Projects applying for these special awards must meet all eligibility and entry requirements for their submitted structure type as well as submit additional information relative to the special award applied for. These are cross-category awards. Parking structures, for example, can compete with office buildings or bridges in these special categories. 

Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award
The purpose of this award is to showcase fresh, uninhibited concepts that hold the potential to move the industry to the next generation of technology for industry, materials, products, processes, and applications.

All-Precast Solution Award
This award recognizes the structure in which the owner's needs were best achieved by the selection of an essentially all-precast, prestressed concrete system. This design uses precast concrete for both the structural and envelope systems. 

Sustainable Design Award
PCI seeks to promote green building and infrastructure, which incorporates environmental considerations in every phase of the process, including design, construction, and operation. The purpose of this award is to encourage the construction of responsible, innovative designs that are sensitive to the environment while meeting the needs of the public, owner, and occupants. Buildings need not be LEED certified to qualify.

Sustainable Design, additional information:

  1. List all green goals or owner project requirements for this project and a short explanation of how they were achieved. 
  2. Submit a short narrative on any green/sustainable modifications to your typical plant processes and procedures that were required for this project.
  3. Provide a breakdown of all LEED points achieved (if applicable) in this project, as well as a short description of any points where precast concrete contributed to the attainment of points.
  4. Describe the sustainable attributes precast concrete added to the project.
  5. Describe any up-front and ongoing collaboration among team members.
  6. List any lessons learned related to working on a green project.

Submissions
There is NO ENTRY FEE to make a submission.  Entries are made electronically.  The submission site for the 2012 Design Awards will open in early 2012.

Eligibility
See 2012 Design Awards Program section of this website for more information.

Awards and Recognition
Because of the broad diversity and the nature of challenges offered to architects and engineers, no first-place award will be made. All awards will express equivalent recognition at a high level of excellence. There will not necessarily be an award in each category, and there may be cowinners and/or honorable mentions in certain categories. In special cases, PCI has the option to create ad hoc categories when they feel that doing so is necessary given the specific projects under consideration.
Winning PCI member producers are honored at the Awards Banquet this year held at the PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference. To learn more about this year's Convention click here:  http://pciconvention.org/2011/index.html

All winners will also be showcased in the summary article which appears in the PCI Journal, Aspire, and Ascent magazines. Together, these three publications reach over 75,000 industry stakeholders.

Disclaimer 
Because the purpose of the program is to encourage new and advanced architectural and engineering approaches in the use of our industry‚Äôs products, PCI shall have the right to publish all photographs and names of any and all entrants and projects submitted to the program without compensation. Each entrant assumes responsibility for material submitted. All submissions become property of PCI.
We encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity to showcase your project! The search for excellence will continue in 2012. More details on the 2012 PCI Design Awards will be forthcoming.