New Buildings Over $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  

725 Ponce | Uzun+Case, LLC

Architect: Cooper Carry | General Contractor: Brasfield & Gorrie 


Photo Courtesy of Uzun+Case

Located on the Atlanta BeltLine between North Avenue and Ponce de Leon Avenue is 725 Ponce, a mixed-use development by New City Properties, which included parking on the first several levels, 14 stories of office space, and a Kroger grocery store. The architects were S9 and Cooper Carry and the structural engineer was Uzun+Case, LLC. The project featured an exposed structural concrete frame with colored concrete, waterproofing admixtures, and Carbon Cure to reduce carbon footprint.  In addition, very tall columns, complex elevated amphitheater stairs, and picture framed window elements were signature design elements.  Coordination with truck access, planters, long spans, and the BeltLine created very challenging structural solutions.  Brasfield & Gorrie was the general contractor.

Merit Award  

Renelle on the River | Uzun+Case, LLC

Architect: bKL Architect | General Contractor: McHugh Construction


Photo Courtesy of Tom Rossiter

Described as a “Once in a lifetime site along the banks of the Chicago River” by developer Belgravia’s CEO Alan Lev, Renelle on the River located along Wabash Avenue in Chicago Illinois, is an 18 story condominium constructed on top of an existing 4 story garage, that remained in-service throughout construction. Building features include views and direct access to the Chicago river, a roof top amenity terrace, vegetated green roofs, a fitness center and a covered dog run. Featured in Forbes magazine, this project illustrates the lengths developers will go to maximize the value of high-profile sites in dense urban centers. 

Honorable Mention  

Great Wolf LodgePES Structural Engineers 

Architect: Gensler | General Contractor: Turner Construction


Photo Courtesy of Turner Construction 

Located just an hour southwest of Atlanta, Great Wolf Lodge is a 491,000 square foot resort with a 457-room hotel, a 30,000 square foot conference center, and 93,000 square feet of indoor water park space, as well as multiple outdoor pools, bowling, retail and miniature golf. the resort is also home to two full-service restaurants, and several branded amenities and entertainment activities. The main lobby and multi-purpose building construction is a steel structure with a slab on grade. The hotel structure is post-tensioned concrete panels with structural steel and heavy timber glulam beams and trusses. PES Structural Engineers provided structural design services as part of the Gensler design team.  Turner Construction served as the project’s General Contractor. 

Previous Award Winners

2018 Outstanding Award: Suntrust Park, Walter P Moore

2018 Merit Award: NCR Headquarters, Uzun + Case

2016 Outstanding Award ($25M-$75M)National College Football Hall of Fame, Sykes Consulting, Inc. 

2016 Merit Award ($25M-$75M)Porsche Cars North American Headquarters, KSi Structural Engineers 

2016 Outstanding Award ($75M-$150M)Reinsurance Group of America's Global Headquarters, Uzun + Case
2016 Merit Award ($75M-$150M)Charlotte VA Health Care Center, Walter P Moore