Forensic / Renovation / Retrofit / Rehabilitation Structures

This category includes forensic analysis, structural renovations, seismic retrofits, adaptive re-use, rehabilitation of existing buildings or bridges, and similar projects.

2020 Award Winners

Outstanding Project Award  

Georgia Tech Library Renewal | Uzun+Case, LLC

Architect: BNIM and Praxis 3 | General Contractor: Brasfield & Gorrie


Photo Courtesy of BNIM

The existing Crosland Tower building is an 8-story steel structure with a basement. The architectural desire was to open the interior spaces. This was achieved by removal of the existing brick walls on the north and south facades and replacing them with high performance glazed curtain walls featuring integrated external sunshades optimized to improve energy performance to reduce glare and to harvest natural daylight and direct it toward the center of the floor plate. Large floor areas on multiple levels were removed in order to create multistory spaces. A new areaway interconnecting Crosland Tower and Price Gilbert was constructed with a two-way mild steel flat slab. The existing bridge that connected 3 levels of the buildings was replaced with a new bridge that was column free, spanning from building to building. The existing perimeter beams of both buildings were retrofit to accommodate the clear span. Other design elements included roof top trellises designed support photovoltaic panels, modifying the main shear wall core to accommodate new larger elevators and new monumental stairs. In addition to these modifications the building was evaluated to confirm that it met the requirements of the 2012 building code. 

Merit Award  

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Modernization | HOK

Architect: HOK | General Contractor: New South McCarthy Synergy Joint Venture


Photo Courtesy of HOK

As part of the modernization of the world’s busiest airport, HOK delivered a structural and architectural icon for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Dual 864’ long structural steel canopies clad in ETFE flank the existing terminal and support new pedestrian bridges over the existing roadways. Interdisciplinary design and parametric structural modeling were key in providing a structure that welcomes and shelters passengers at the airport threshold. Challenges ranging from complex existing conditions to accommodating uninterrupted airport operations were key in exceeding the client’s expectations and enlivening the airport for the 21st century. 

Honorable Mention  

Boundary | Bennett & Pless, Inc.

Architect: ASD | SKY | General Contractor: Balfour Beatty


Photo Courtesy of Balfour Beatty and Ox Blue

Boundary is a three-building campus ideally situated on Peachtree and 17th Streets in Midtown. The dramatic redevelopment and unification of the functionally obsolete buildings through structural design and architecture creates a truly unique space on Peachtree Street. The renovation features 159,000 SF of creative office, retail and restaurant space.  There is a beautiful rooftop terrace and a unique 300-foot linear park on Peachtree Street that is intended as an “urban market” and gathering place.  The Boundary is clearly another notable property adding to the distinct characteristics of Peachtree Street and midtown Atlanta.

Previous Award Winners

2018 Outstanding Award: Carter Hall at Covenant College, Uzun + Case

2018 Merit Award: Fox Theatre Renovation, Bennett + Pless

2016 Outstanding AwardEnnis Hall Renovation & Seismic Upgrade, Palmer Engineering Company
2016 Merit AwardHelix-on-Main, Walter P Moore