New Buildings $5 Million to $25 Million

The categories of new building projects are divided based on total construction cost of the building, exclusive of site or non-building related construction cost.  Projects may include any type of building that can be occupied or used by people.  This would include parking garages, airport control towers, industrial buildings, and similar structures. 

2020 Award Winners

Outstanding Project Award  

Mary Our Queen Catholic Church | PES Structural Engineers

Architect: Harrison Design | General Contractor: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company


Photo Courtesy of Silk Bandana Studios Photography

Mary Our Queen Catholic Church is a 37,500 square foot basilica-style sanctuary located in Peachtree Corners, Georgia.  Modeled after the former St. Gerard’s Catholic Church in Buffalo, New York, the structural system for the white brick facility consists of steel framing, steel trusses, and bar joist roof framing, metal deck roof sheathing, reinforced slab-on-grade, composite steel elevated floors, and non-load bearing masonry and metal stud exterior walls supported on shallow foundations. In addition to a new sanctuary for Mary Our Queen parishioners, the new church includes a choir loft, a sacristy for priests and storing of vestments, a bride’s room, and a small blessed sacrament chapel.  PES Structural Engineers provided structural design services as part of the Harrison Design team.  The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company served as the project’s General Contractor.

Merit Award  

Holy Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church | PECGA, LLC dba Palmer Engineering Company

Architect: Sizemore Group | General Contractor: Van Winkle Construction


Photo Courtesy of Sizemore Group Architects

The Holy Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church is a 24,400 square foot traditional cross-shape in plan. The long arm with the nave is 238’-0”, while the transept is 143’-0” long.  The gable roofs have a slope of 1:1, with a vaulted interior ceiling that is 53’-0” tall along its highest point. The church is adorned by two steeple towers: one over the church narthex (at church entry), and one over the intersection of nave and transept – main steeple tower. The main steeple tower ceiling is at an elevation of 101’-0”, with the top of the steeple cross at 120’-0” – the tallest point. The steeple towers and the roof over the narthex have swooping ridges reflecting traditional Vietnamese architecture. The building is framed with structural steel, while the walls are framed using CFS studs. The sloped roof decking consists of 8.25 inch thick stressed skin insulated panels spanning up to 12’-0”.

Merit Award  

Atlanta Gas Light Regional Business Center | PES Structural Engineers 

Architect: Goode Van Slyke Architects | General Contractor: Hodges & Hicks Construction


Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Hillyer

Situated on an 8.2-acre lot, the Atlanta Gas Light Regional Business Center is an “all-in-one" facility which includes a 52,300 square foot office building, an 8,100 square foot covered service vehicle canopy, and a 2,400-fleet maintenance facility.  The facility is state-of-the-art in its design, layout and use of a variety of materials including metal mesh to filter out light from the south and western portion of its facades.  Developed by Goode Van Slyke Architects and constructed by Hodges & Hicks Construction, the building is comprised of a structural steel frame featuring exposed AESS brace framing.  The skin is comprised of four different elements – brick, ACM panels, fiber reinforced concrete panels and a curtainwall glazing system.  The south and west curtainwall elevations are clad with perforated metal panels which diffuse direct sunlight, thereby eliminating the need for interior window blinds.

Honorable Mention  

NGTC Industrial Technology Center | PECGA, LLC dba Palmer Engineering Company

Architect: Smith Dalia Architects | General Contractor: Reeves Young


Photo Courtesy of Smith Dalia Architects

The 46,000 SF Industrial Technology Center at North Georgia Technical College is a stunning addition to the campus, nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians in Clarkesville, GA. A 2-story building in which half of the structural framing is exposed to reflect the industrial learning environment. The floor/roof system is composed of steel open web joists and structural steel members. The roof required 7’-0” joist extensions over transom windows.  In addition, the structure incorporates a 12’-0” cantilevered canopy with tapered steel beams. The unique geometry and architectural features presented several structural challenges. Controlling deflection of the structure while maintaining depth restrictions and the transfer of lateral forces through multiple roof planes and floor openings were just a few.

Previous Award Winners

2018 Outstanding Award: Augusta University Connector, KSi Structural Engineers

2018 Merit Award: Yanmar Evo Center, PES Structural Engineers

2016 Outstanding AwardGeorgia Power Environmental Testing Laboratory, Uzun + Case
2016 Merit AwardSaint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Palmer Engineering Company