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Oculus wins Gold Award in Structural Systems Category

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2017 ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards announced | COWI wins big 

​COWI North America has been awarded a Gold Award in Structural Systems for erection engineering work on the World Trade Centre Transportation Hub, aka the Oculus, from the 2017 ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards.
 
It is the second award this unique, eye-catching building has been bestowed this year. Designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, the shape was inspired by a dove being released from cupped hands. The resulting structure now welcomes 200,000 daily commuters into Lower Manhattan and bathes them in natural light.
 
Typical of Calatrava structures, though striking in its architecture, it was extremely complicated to construct. COWI North America, with its expertise in bridge construction, determined that a sequential erection scheme was the best way to attain the geometric control needed for the structure. Constant monitoring of the complex geometry of the structure as construction progressed (as sequential construction allowed) was crucial due to the intricacy of the design.
 
COWI North America was praised for its initiative by awards judge Jeff Carpenter, state design engineer for the Washington State Department of Transportation, who said "COWI's Oculus structural lift plan highlighted the challenges engineers face when embracing bold architecture."
 
Find out more about the project here.
 
COWI North America also played a role in another ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards win: Magnusson Klemencic Associates Platinum Award for the Elliott Bay Seawall project.
 
Find out more about these awards here.

LAST UPDATED: 20.06.2017