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American Concrete Institute announces winners of inaugural Excellence In Concrete Construction Awards

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) announced the winners of the 2015 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards, who were honored during the ACI Awards Gala at the Concrete Convention & Exposition, November 9, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.

The highest honor, "The Excellence Award," was presented to the MuCEM: Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations located in Marseille, France, and submitted by the ACI Paris Chapter. This award is given to a project that demonstrates excellence in concrete innovation and technology, and stands out above all other entries.

As an icon of urban rejuvenation located on the banks of the 2600-year-old harbor at Marseille, France, the 3-exhibition story MuCEM building houses the first French National museum outside of Paris. It was visited by 3.4 million people during its first 15 months, much more than expected. At the end of the historic pier where immigrants from all Mediterranean countries once landed, the structure blends with the surrounding mineral and stone landscape, presenting a veiled, cubic appearance that is linked to the city with ultra-thin footbridges. Efficient, wide exhibition halls are surrounded by a sheltered climbing promenade facing the sea up to the scenic terrace.

The awards were created 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. In order to be eligible for participation in the Excellence Awards, projects needed to be winners at a local ACI Chapter level and submitted by that Chapter, or chosen by one of ACI's International Partners.

An independent panel of esteemed industry professionals judged projects and selected winners based on architectural and engineering merit, creativity, innovative construction techniques or solutions, innovative use of materials, ingenuity, sustainability and resilience, and functionality.

The winning projects were selected from among several possible categories, with a first- and second-place winner available in each. In the inaugural awards program, the categories, winners, and project details included:

Low-Rise Buildings

1st Place: MuCEM: Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations in Marseille, France, submitted by the Paris Chapter

2nd Place: Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches, LA, submitted by the Louisiana Chapter

High-Rise Buildings

1st Place: Al Hamra Business Tower in Kuwait City, Kuwait, submitted by the Kuwait Chapter

Honorable Mention: Tower One – World Trade Center New York City, NY, submitted by the Concrete Industry Board, an ACI New York City Chapter

Honorable Mention: Adobe Corporate Campus - Phase 1 in Lehi, UT, submitted by the Intermountain Chapter

Infrastructure

1st Place: Cable-stayed Foot Bridge in Celakovice, Czech Republic, submitted by the Czech Concrete Society

2nd Place: Interstate 5 Willamette River Bridge Project in Eugene, OR, submitted by the Oregon Chapter

Decorative Concrete

1st Place: Jean Bouin Stadium in Paris, France, submitted by the Paris Chapter

2nd Place: Downtown Doral Park Pavilion in Doral, FL, submitted by the South Florida Chapter

Repair & Restoration

1st Place: Mission Bridge Seismic Retrofit in Abbotsford, BC, Canada, submitted by the British Columbia Chapter

The entry period is now open for the 2016 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards. Submittals are due by February 15, 2016. Each Chapter or International Partner can sponsor up to two entries. If a Chapter does not have a project awards program, they can still submit a project if there are plans to develop and launch an awards program within three years. The ACI Chapter Awards Guide has been created as a planning tool to help Chapters get started.

Visit www.ACIExcellence.org for more information. Follow @ACIExcellence on Twitter to receive updated information on the Excellence Awards program.

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