The 2021 ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards showcased dozens of innovative concrete projects from around the world.
The “Overall Excellence” award was presented to Aldilonda promenade around Bastia fortress, located in Corse-du-Sud, France. The winning concrete project also received first place in the flatwork category at the ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards during the ACI Virtual Concrete Convention on Monday, October 18, 2021.
Constructed at the foot of the Bastia fortress on the island of Corsica, the Aldilonda promenade is a sinuous path set into rock, giving pedestrians, disabled people, and cyclists access to 450 m (1480 ft) of coastline. The pathway unfolds like a suspended balcony over the water, following the contours of the meandering coastline and allowing ramblers direct contact with the rocky cliff. The reinforced concrete pathway pierces the rock below the fortress to connect the city’s north and south parts through a tunnel constructed using board-formed architectural concrete.
The ACI created the awards to honor the visions of the most creative projects in the concrete industry, while providing a platform to recognize concrete innovation, technology, and excellence across the globe. To be eligible for participation in the ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards, projects need to be nominated by an ACI Chapter, International Partner, or selected through self-nomination.
In addition to the highest honor, the “Overall Excellence” award which was presented to the Aldilonda promenade around Bastia fortress, additional global projects recognized during the ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards include:
1st Place: Leopoldo 1201, São Paulo, Brazil.
2nd Place: Statue of Belief – Lord Shiva Statue & Allied Works in Nathdwara, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.
1st Place: Deichman Bjørvika, Oslo, Norway.
2nd Place: Center for Culture, Arts and Design in Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France.
1st Place: Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, Arizona, USA.
2nd Place: Infinity House, Metro Manila, Philippines.
1st Place: The Cave That Travelled, Kerala, India.
2nd Place: Acoustically Diffuse and Absorbent Lightweight Aerated Concrete, Oklahoma, USA.
1st Place: The Darwin Bridges, Montreal, Canada.
2nd Place: Viaduct V3 in the duplication of Tamoios Highway, São Paulo, Brazil.
Repair & Restoration
1st Place: The Austonian | Exposed Slab Edge Repairs, Texas, USA.
2nd Place: Adaptive Reuse at 225 W. Madison, Arizona, USA.
1st Place: Aldilonda promenade around Bastia fortress, Corse-du-Sud, France.
2nd Place: INTEL MLCP Multi-Level Car Park, for M/s Intel Technology India Pvt. Ltd., Karnataka, India.
You can find the winning project details at ACIExcellence.org. The ACI is also accepting entries for the 2022 ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards now through April 29, 2022.
You can also vote for the 2021 People’s Choice Award – an audience-driven award for the ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards. Beginning October 18 and ending November 30, 2021, participants can both judge and vote for their favorite concrete project entered in the Seventh Annual ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards. Following the completion of the voting period on November 30, the American Concrete Institute will announce the winning project of the People’s Choice Award on ACI’s official social media pages.
The American Concrete Institute is a leading global authority for the development, dissemination, and also adoption of its consensus-based standards. It also serves as a technical resource and offers educational, training and certification programs. The association began in 1904. Additionally, it has its headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA. It also has a regional office in Dubai, UAE. Additionally, the ACI has a resource center in Southern California. www.concrete.org