June 25, 2020

CannonDesign Wins Two Structural Engineering Awards

The University of Maryland Cole Field House reconstruction and the Richard J. Daley College pedestrian bridge were selected to receive Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards from the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAoI).

Winning in two categories is a testament to the innovation and technical expertise of our structural engineers. This achievement helps validate our approach to integrated services, cross-office collaboration and Living-Centered Design.

Cole Field House won top honors in the new construction between $10-$50 million category. The Daley College Pedestrian Bridge received an award of merit in the bridge category.

About the Cole Field House

A long-vacant but iconic basketball arena on the University of Maryland College Park campus was transformed into a football practice facility during the first phase of construction for the Human Performance Research Facility. The existing roof structure consists of 15 steel arches that span 250 feet across the building. To provide the necessary clear height for a football practice facility, the interior of the arena was demolished and excavated. Before excavation began, existing foundations at the steel arches were resupported with micropiles. These micropiles transfer the arch loads to an elevation below the new interior grade. A new, 2-foot-thick, 33-foot-tall reinforced concrete foundation wall was constructed around the perimeter of the field house after the demolition and excavation was completed. Three steel arches closely matching the design of those in the original building were added to the end of the structure, lengthening the field house by 78 feet. The outward thrust from each arch is resisted by pairs of steel braced frames.

About Daley College Pedestrian Bridge

The new Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Center (MTEC) at Richard J. Daley College provides high bay manufacturing lab facilities, maker spaces, and a new connection to the surrounding community. The steel-framed high-bay spaces feature a clear height of 28 feet. Moment frames serve as the lateral force-resisting system. Architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS) and concrete serve as finishes throughout the building. The new academic spaces are separated from the existing college building by a four-lane road. To provide connectivity, a steel-framed bridge spans 250 feet between the buildings. The bridge is a sloped and skewed structure that consists of two vertical and horizontal trusses constructed from AESS wide flange members. The complex geometry of the bridge structure and the accelerated project schedule required close collaboration and coordination with the steel fabricator and the construction manager.

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