Stewart was honored last week to receive the Grand Award for Engineering Excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina for our work on the NC State Talley Student Union Addition and Renovation.
Congratulations go to Craig Posey, PE, Ian Teeson, PE, and everyone from Stewart who helped make this an award-winning project!
The Talley Student Union is a LEED Silver building, completely unrecognizable when compared with the source material – the original Talley Student Center completed in 1972. What was an orthogonal collection of student services was reimagined, with a dynamic four-story atrium, massive dining pavilions, a multipurpose ballroom, and a 115-foot-tall sculptural beacon known as the Technology Tower.
A number of factors went into the design of the improved Talley Student Union. The design called for renovations to portions of the existing building in lieu of a complete demolition, reducing construction costs and environmental impacts. During construction, nearly all discarded materials from the 40-year-old building were reused or recycled, which contributed to the attainment of a LEED Silver certification. Impacts to the university community were minimized through phased construction and design, including the employment of temporary walls in some cases, so the existing facility could remain open throughout an aggressive, shortened schedule. New design elements were blended seamlessly with the existing rigid forms, to create truly iconic features that promote the building’s importance in student life and as a campus landmark.
The ACEC/NC Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) is an annual competition that honors and recognizes engineering and surveying firms for projects which demonstrate the highest degree of achievement, value and ingenuity. Stewart’s President, George Stanziale, PLA and Manager of Structural Engineering Craig Fisher, PE received the award at a ceremony held by ACEC/NC on November 10, 2016. Stewart served as the Structural Engineer of Record for the building. “Stewart is thrilled to have had the opportunity to be a part of such an iconic project,” said George Stanziale, PLA. “Stewart is honored to have been able to work with such a great team of designers and contractors to make the vision a reality. Additionally, the high recognition from ACEC/NC is truly an honor.”
In addition to this recognition from the ACEC, Stewart has also received the Award for Excellence in Structural Engineering from the Structural Engineers Association of North Carolina for this project. We could not be more pleased that Craig, Ian and our structural engineers and interns have received this attention for their hard work and structural ingenuity to make this project such a successful addition to the North Carolina State University campus.