Arup Wins Grand Conceptor; Seven Additional ACEC Awards

May 09, 2013, 15:53 ET from Arup

NEW YORK, May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm with a reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs, announced today that its structural engineering design for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts has won the coveted Grand Conceptor award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) in its national Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition. Arup also won seven additional EEA awards from the Massachusetts and New York Chapters for the John W. Olver Transit Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts; the Kauffman Center in St. Louis Missouri; +Pool on the East River in New York City; Pier 15 on New York's East River Waterfront; and Haeundai I'PARK City, in Busan, South Korea.

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Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Missouri
Grand Conceptor Winner
Named the year's 'Most Outstanding Engineering Triumph' by ACEC, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, located in downtown Kansas City is 356,000 SF architecturally intricate entertainment complex that features two acoustically tuned performance halls, a four-story, wide-angled glass wall front facade, topped by slightly concave sloping roofs, and a pioneering tensile structural support system encompassing high-strength exterior rods. The facility features a 1,600-seat concert hall, a 1,800-seat ballet/opera house, a 1,000-car underground parking garage, a cafe and a terraced garden. This project was chosen from a field of 146 engineering accomplishments from throughout the world that first won gold awards at the state level.

The Kauffman Center, designed by Safdie Architects, is a world-class cultural center intended to serve as the focal point of Kansas City's burgeoning arts district. The project's structural engineering highlights include a tensile roof system, a "box-in-box" design that separates the facility into three buildings for acoustical purposes, and a split in materials that provided cost and functionality benefits. This project was also honored with two awards from the New York chapter.

John W. Olver Transit Center, Greenfield, Massachusetts
Gold Award Winner

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

  • Diamond Award, Structural Systems
  • Platinum Award, Building/Technology Systems

+Pool, East River, New York

  • Diamond Award, Studies, Research & Consulting

Pier 15, East River Waterfront,

  • Gold Award, Studies, Special Projects

Haeundae I'PARK City, Busan, South Korea

  • Silver Award, Structural Systems

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About Arup
Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world's most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. Its engineers and consultants deliver innovative projects across the world. Arup opened its first US office 25 years ago, and now employs 1,000 in the Americas. The firm was founded in 1946 with an enduring set of values that fosters a distinctive culture, intellectual independence and collaborative approach. The people at Arup are driven to find a better way to deliver better solutions for their clients. (


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