CTBUH was selected for its history of leadership in facilitating research and promoting education, as well as for its invaluable contributions to the building industry, which has benefitted from their work related to tall buildings around the world.
New York, New York (PRWEB) October 01, 2015
Turner Construction Company and the National Building Museum are pleased to announce that the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) will receive the 2015 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction.
Turner established the Prize—which comes with a $25,000 honorarium—at the National Building Museum, to recognize an advance or high achievement in the process of construction: an invention, an innovative methodology, and/or exemplary leadership.
CTBUH was selected for its long history of leadership in facilitating research and promoting education, as well as for its invaluable contributions to the building industry, which has benefitted from the Council’s work related to tall buildings and urban planning issues around the world.
David Malott, chairman of the CTBUH said, “We are honored to receive this recognition and will utilize the honorarium to conduct an audit of the cutting edge technologies across all fields that contribute to tall buildings. We will create a positional paper that would be of value to all our membership, especially tall building developers who always want to know what the latest technologies are in each field.”
The CTBUH is widely known for its role as the arbiter of what constitutes a tall building, a role that has grown increasingly prominent with the rise of supertall and megatall projects. In addition, the Council has created an international intellectual community, connecting industry professionals—including developers, architects, engineers, builders, urban planners, environmentalists and more—and offering them access to wide variety of resources including the Council’s robust database of technical papers, videos, and building information.
Through the publication of these technical papers, best practices, and other materials developed by scientists, engineers, and thought leaders on nearly every aspect of tall building construction, the Council has established itself as the industry’s resource when it comes to planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining increasingly sophisticated and complex tall, supertall, and megatall building projects.
In addition to these achievements, the Turner Prize honors the vision, ambition, and sense of social responsibility that drove Council founder Lynn Beedle to establish CTBUH, as expressed in a 1992 article. He wrote, “The need [for the Council]…stemmed from things like the exploding urban population, creating an increased demand for tall buildings; the need for economy in construction; the frequent neglect of human factors at the expense of livability and the quality of life; the need for new research required in the field; and the necessity of establishing priorities for such reasons.”
Members of the Prize jury are David Childs, chairman emeritus, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Chris McFadden, vice president, Turner Construction Company; Hal Parmalee, former president, Turner Construction Company; and Jan Tuchman, editor-in-chief, Engineering News-Record.
The prize will be presented by Peter Davoren, president and chief executive officer of Turner, Chase W. Rynd, president and executive director of the National Building Museum, at the CTBUH International Conference in New York City, October 26, 2015. Information on attending the conference and award presentation is available at http://www.ctbuh2015.com/.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is the 13th recipient of the Turner Prize, which has been awarded in the past to the Engineering Department at Pennsylvania State University, Leslie Robertson, I.M Pei, Charles DeBenedittis, The U.S. Green Building Council, Paul Teicholz, Gehry Partners and Gehry Technologies, Charlie Thornton, Engineers Without Borders – USA, Caterpillar, Inc., Society of Women Engineers, and the Lean Construction Institute.
About Turner Construction Company
Turner is a North America-based, international construction services company. Founded in 1902, Turner first made its mark on the industry pioneering the use of steel-reinforced concrete for general building, which enabled the company to deliver safer, stronger, and more efficient buildings to clients. The company continues to embrace emerging technologies and offers an increasingly diverse set of services. With an annual construction volume of $11 billion, Turner is the largest builder in the United States, ranking first in the major market segments of the building construction field, including healthcare, education, sports, commercial, and green building. The firm is a subsidiary of HOCHTIEF, one of the world’s leading international construction service providers. For more information please visit http://www.turnerconstruction.com.
About the National Building Museum
The National Building Museum is America’s leading cultural institution dedicated to advancing the quality of the built environment by educating people about its impact on their lives. Through its exhibitions, educational programs, online content, and publications, the Museum has become a vital forum for the exchange of ideas and information about the world we build for ourselves. Public inquiries: 202.272.2448 or visit http://www.nbm.org. Connect with us on Twitter: @BuildingMuseum and Facebook at facebook.com/NationalBuildingMuseum
About the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is the world’s leading resource for professionals focused on the inception, design, construction, and operation of tall buildings and future cities. A not-for-profit organization, founded in 1969 and based at Chicago's Illinois Institute of Technology, CTBUH has an Asia Headquarters at Tongji University, Shanghai, and a Research Office at Iuav University, Venice, Italy. CTBUH facilitates the exchange of the latest knowledge available on tall buildings around the world through publications, research, events, working groups, web resources, and its extensive network of international representatives.The Council’s research department is spearheading the investigation of the next generation of tall buildings by aiding original research on sustainability and key development issues. The Council's free database on tall buildings, The Skyscraper Center, is updated daily with detailed information, images, data, and news. The CTBUH also developed the international standards for measuring tall building height and is recognized as the arbiter for bestowing such designations as "The World's Tallest Building."