PCI’s 2009 Design Awards call for entries

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) has issued a call for entries for its 2009 Design Awards competition. The competition, now in its 47th year, shows how designers are continuing to push the capabilities of precast, prestressed concrete components to achieve more cost-effective, aesthetically pleasing, and quickly constructed projects.


Deadline for submissions is May 22, 2009. Winners will be recognized and awarded on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, at PCI’s 55th Annual Convention/Exhibition held in conjunction with the PCI National Bridge Conference. Both events take place September 12–15 in San Antonio, Texas.


Any structure in the United States, Canada, or Mexico that has been completed within the last three years and is substantially constructed with plant-manufactured precast, prestressed concrete; glass-fibre-reinforced concrete, and/or architectural precast concrete is eligible. Along with a number of best-in-class awards, there are also recognitions given for industry advancement, sustainable design, and the best all-precast concrete structure. Jurors will consider creativity and ingenuity in the use of precast concrete to achieve aesthetic expression, function, economy, and sustainability, and will recognize excellence in design, engineering, manufacturing, and erection. Separate juries will evaluate buildings, bridges, and special categories.


Entries now done electronically. This year, for the first time, all entries must be made electronically. Simply visit www.pci.org and click on the Design Awards icon on the homepage. On the Design Awards site is a link to the actual submission site. Electronic submission is another way PCI is trying to be sustainable by reducing paper and mail usage. The electronic format also allows entrants greater flexibility, because not all information has to be entered at once. Entrants can come back to their entry at any time and add information, updates, and changes until the deadline.

Photos must also be submitted electronically via the website. Information on how to do this is available on the website. Entrants must also provide a signed photo release from each photographer that has supplied submitted pictures, as well as a copyright release form. These forms will be downloaded from the Design Awards site and may be faxed in or uploaded to the submission site.


Categories include Commercial Structures (office buildings, retail stores and mixed-use structures, public/institutional buildings, schools); Industrial Facilities (warehouses/distribution centres, manufacturing facilities); Housing (single-family homes, multi-family buildings, hotels/motels, retirement/assisted-living centres); Specialized Structures (parking structures, stadiums/arenas/sports facilities, justice facilities/courthouses, prisons/jails/correctional facilities, custom solutions); and Transportation Facilities (bridges with main span up to 75 feet long, bridges with main span from 75 to 150 feet long, bridges with main span more than 150 feet long, rehabilitated bridges, non-highway bridges, special solutions).


In addition, three optional award opportunities are available: the Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award, All-Precast Solution Award, and Sustainable Design Award.

The purpose of the PCI Design Awards program is to recognize design excellence and construction quality using precast concrete. Entries must be submitted by the architect or engineer of record. To be eligible for consideration, a structure must be: geographically located within the United States, Canada, or Mexico; substantially constructed using precast concrete; completed within the last three years.


For more information, please contact Brian Miller, P.E., LEED AP, managing director, Business Development, at 312.360.3216 or bmiller@pci.org.