AISC: Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences Wins National Award

Category: Engineering

Written By: Valerie Edgren

Date: March 25, 2022

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The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences in Lubbock, Texas, was among the top nine national award winners at the NASCC: The Steel Conference in Denver. The project won the AISC National Award for $75 to $200 million projects.

Parkhill is one of 16 consultants who worked on this $127.6 million project, and our professionals, as the Architect of Record firm, lent our long-cultivated familiarity with the chosen contractor, local codes, drawing, construction practices, and skills at coordinating and communicating with many different consultants and types of expertise. We also teamed with other firms to provide mechanical, electrical, and structural engineering services and all plumbing design. Our team also provided site/civil services, landscape architecture and design, and some interior design services.

Roland Holder, PE, SE, is the leader of the Structural Team in Parkhill’s MEP/Structural Practice.

“We were honored to be part of this amazing project. We knew it was going to be iconic and have a real impact on the community, and this national recognition affirms that,” he said.

Nine Projects Win Steel Industry’s Top Design Award 

From the American Institute of Steel Construction


DENVER - The American Institute of Steel Construction has revealed the results of its Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel Award (IDEAS2) competition. AISC made the announcement before an audience of more than 4,000 industry professionals during the opening keynote of NASCC: The Steel Conference in Denver.

Nine projects, ranging from a cutting-edge Seattle skyscraper to a sophisticated staircase in a private New York home, represent the most innovative aspects of today's design and construction industries.

“I always look forward to seeing the IDEAS2 Award winners, and once again the industry has made it very difficult for our judges to select winners among an outstanding pool of submissions,” said Charles J. Carter, SE, PE, Ph.D. “It’s truly inspiring to see the ways today’s most creative minds work with structural steel to create modern landmarks. Congratulations to everyone who worked on these projects!”

Carter elected to present a special Presidential Award for Excellence in Structural Design this year. Seattle’s Rainier Square is the first building to use the SpeedCore composite steel/concrete core wall system - and SpeedCore shaved about 40% off its erection time! This project team took a chance on a new technology and reaped massive rewards. AISC salutes them for their leadership.

Read the story about Buddy Holly Hall