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The deadline for the 2018 PCI Design Awards submission site has been extended to September 25, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. CDT.

Now in its 55th year, the PCI Design Awards program recognizes design excellence and construction quality using precast concrete.

The program has helped the design and construction community innovate and advance by showcasing ideas that push the envelope, overcome challenges, and improve upon existing concepts. The program demonstrates how designers are continuing to utilize high performance precast/prestressed concrete to achieve sustainable, more cost-effective, aesthetically-pleasing, and quickly-constructed projects.

All winning projects will be showcased at the PCI Convention in 2018, as well as included in the PCI Design Award Winners summary article, which is published in the PCI Journal, Ascent and Aspire magazines. Together these publications reach more than 60,000 industry stakeholders. We encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity to showcase your project!

Schedule and Dates:

The annual program begins accepting entries May 8, 2017. Entries may be revised up to September 25, 2017. Specific dates for the current year are listed below. 

2018 PCI Design Awards

Make a 2018 PCI Design Awards Submission

The 2018 PCI Design Awards submission site deadline has been extended to September 25, 2017.

A new Special award has been added to the Building subcategory: Building Information Modeling (BIM)

  • All entries are made electronically to the submission site.
  • Projects are entered in one of two primary categories: Building or Transportation. You must select a primary category when you first make a submission.
  • Enter all required submission information. You may save your submission and return to update or complete it anytime before the submission deadline. Note: all required fields, marked with a *, must have a value entered in order to save a submission and email addresses must be valid.
  • You must also select the most appropriate subcategory (see lists below). Note: Juries will often consider or move your project into other relevant subcategories.
  • Incomplete submissions will NOT be accepted.
  • We strongly encourage your review the Guidelines for Submitting document (Buildings or Transportation) before making your entry. These provide examples of submissions as well.

Buildings Subcategories

OF - Office
RT - Retail
ST - Stadiums and Arenas
CM - Convention Meeting Facilities
TH - Theaters
MU - Mixed Use
SC - Schools (K-12)
HE - Higher Education/University
CO - Justice and Correctional
GP - Government and Public Buildings
M - Military
R - Religious
HC - Healthcare/Medical
HL - High Tech/Laboratory
WD - Warehouse/Storage/Distribution Centers
MA - Manufacturing
DC - Data Centers
SF - Single-family
MF - Multi-family
HM - Hotels/Motels
RA - Retirement/Assisted living
PS - Parking structures (all precast)
PS2 - Parking structures (Facade only)
PS3 - Parking structures (Hybrid)
ZZ - Custom solutions
IB - International Buildings (outside of the U.S. and Canada)

Transportation Subcategories

TA - Main span up to 75 feet
TB - Main span from 76-149 feet
TC - Main span more than 150 feet
TD - Rehabilitated bridge
TE - Non-highway bridge (pedestrian, bicycle, railroad, etc.)
TZ - Special solution
TI - International Transportation (outside of the U.S. and Canada)

Entrants in the program may also choose to have their projects considered for the Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award. The purpose of this award is to showcase fresh, uninhibited concepts that hold the potential to move the industry to the next generation of technology for industry, materials, products, processes, and applications.

Entrants in the program may also choose to have their project considered for the All-Precast Concrete Solution Award. This award recognizes the structure in which the owner's needs were best achieved by the selection of an essentially all-precast/ prestressed concrete system. This would include the primary structural and envelope systems of the project. It does not require that precast concrete be used for everything (e.g. roofs, cladding may consist of other materials as well as precast, etc.)

Entrants in the program may also choose to have their projects considered for the Sustainable Design Award. PCI seeks to promote green building and infrastructure, which incorporates environmental considerations in every phase of the process, including design, construction, and operation. The purpose of this award is to encourage the construction of responsible, innovative designs that are sensitive to the environment while meeting the needs of the public, owner, and/or occupants. Buildings need not be LEED certified to qualify.

  1. List all green goals or owner project requirements for this project and a short explanation of how they were achieved.
  2. Submit a short narrative on any green/sustainable modifications to your typical plant processes and procedures that were required for this project.
  3. Provide a breakdown of all LEED points achieved (if applicable) in this project, as well as a short description of any points where precast concrete contributed to the attainment of points.
  4. Describe the sustainable attributes precast concrete added to the project.
  5. Describe any upfront and ongoing collaboration among team members.
  6. List any lessons learned related to working on a green project.

Submitters may also choose to have their project considered for the Building Information Modeling (BIM) Award. This prestigious honor is awarded to a PCI Member for utilizing BIM in their everyday work practices. The Award represents a comprehensive use and implementation of BIM and BIM technology. Submissions should incorporate the use of BIM for 3D CAD coordination and clash detection as well as the use of 3D CAD data for manufacturing and scheduling. Winning entries will demonstrate the highest level of 3D CAD data reuse through project and business management tools in addition to CAD/CAM technologies implemented in the manufacturing and installation environment.

The winner of the BIM Award represents an entry having utilized all the available technological resources to refine the delivery process of a precast, prestressed concrete system.

Please provide the following:

  1. Photos of any of the BIM tools specified as used in the software information
  2. Photos of the production and erection process utilizing CAD/CAM technologies specified as used in the CAD/CAM group
  3. Photos of utilization of Virtual/Mixed/Augmented Reality
  4. Photos of the completed project

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Disclaimer

Because the purpose of the program is to encourage new and advanced architectural and engineering approaches in the use of precast concrete systems, PCI and PCI Regional affiliates shall have the right to publish all photographs, names of any and all entrants, and projects submitted to the program without compensation. Each entrant assumes responsibility for material submitted. All entrants must complete a photo permission form for each photographer. Entries without completed forms will be disqualified. All submissions become property of PCI.

2018 Design Awards Guidelines & Forms

Contacts

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