Innovation in Unprecedented Times: The 2020 AEC Excellence Awards Building Design Finalists

Savannah House Savannah House September 28, 2020

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Now more than ever, today’s buildings have to meet stringent demands. From new design challenges brought about by the pandemic to global forces like the rise in urban populations, projects have to meet cost and time efficiencies throughout their lifecycle while delivering superior outcomes.

However, despite the challenges we’ve faced in 2020, innovators around the world have persevered.

The 2020 AEC Excellence Awards program recognizes outstanding achievements in the field, honoring architects, engineers and fabricators who set the gold standard in building design.

Large projects (over $200 million)

ES CON FIELD HOKKAIDO | Obayashi Corporation, Japan

Baseball team Nippon Ham Fighters have a new stadium in Kita Hiroshima, Hokkaido. Noteworthy features of this project include a retractable roof, an iconic glass curtain wall and a natural grass field.

Kai Tak Sports Park | Hip Hing Engineering Co., Ltd. & Kai Tak Sports Park Ltd., Hong Kong

Building design for one of the largest indoor-outdoor sports projects in Hong Kong accommodates the needs of both professional and casual athletes. This project also makes room for other entertainment and retail.

South Beach Psychiatric Center New In-patient Building | Architectural Resources, United States

***2020 WINNER***

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, this new 221,000-square-foot, 262-bed behavioral health facility was rapidly adapted for emergency support.

Medium Projects ($20-$200 million)

Wuhan Huoshenshan Hospital | CITIC General Institute of Architectural Design and Research Co., Ltd. , China

This hospital for COVID-19 patients used a relay approach to design with professionals working two shifts. The team carried out construction concurrently to build in less than 10 days.

WILD|Katrina Urbanik AS, Norway

***2020 WINNER***

This ambitious development with three living units on a floating island called for building design that factors in agriculture and green public spaces.

Panama Cruise Port | Mallol Arquitectos, Panama

Located on an artificial island at the Panama Canal entrance, this building incorporates post-modern architecture with a focus on sustainability and is sure to anchor a major Panamanian tourist destination.

Small Projects (less than $20 million)

Vigentina 9 | Lombardini22 S.p.A, Italy

***2020 WINNER***

This project refurbishes an existing building in a dense urban area to develop energy-efficient office space at the center of Milan, Italy.

Fuzhou Southeast Eye Hospital | Fujian BOYORK Architectural Design Co. Ltd., China

A complex MEP infrastructure is the beating heart of this high-rise, which houses the largest multifunctional ophthalmology hospital in Fuzhou, China.

BIM for Public Rental Housing Management | Berrilan BIM, Spain

This pioneering climate change and social engineering initiative uses BIM to analyze and optimize energy consumption in public housing assets.

What’s next

Now in its ninth year, the AEC Excellence Awards celebrates outstanding innovation and creativity in the AEC space. From a field of 216 entries from over 30 countries, this global event is a true testament to the dedication and ingenuity of our community.

We will be announcing the 2020 winners in October and celebrating their accomplishments at AU 2020 on November 17, 2020.

Haven’t registered for AU yet? AU 2020 is free to attend, so save your spot today.  

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