Parking Structure Honored with Award of Excellence

October 13, 2014

Projects recognized for outstanding design in precast/prestressed concrete construction at the 52nd Annual PCI Design Awards

CHICAGO, Ill. – October 13, 2014 – A parking structure was named a winner in the 2014 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Design Awards competition. Twenty-four awards were presented to projects from throughout North America at the 52nd annual PCI Design Awards, which includes best-in-class awards for both transportation structures and buildings, as well as special awards for industry advancement, sustainable design, and all-precast concrete.

The PCI Design Awards recognize design excellence and construction quality using precast concrete. The program demonstrates how designers are continuing to use precast/prestressed concrete components to achieve sustainable, more cost-effective, aesthetically pleasing, and quickly constructed projects. The 2014 awards program also took the structures’ high performance attributes into consideration.

“It was a tough competition,” said Don Powell Jr., principal-in-charge at BOKA Powell architecture firm and one of the building awards judges. “We saw many innovative applications of this technology that resulted in low-cost, high-quality finishes, and exceptional quality control.”

The award-winning parking structure is listed below. Additional details and photos for this project, as well as the full list of winners and honorable mentions, are available at

2014 PCI Design Award Winning Parking Structure:

Best Parking Structure the Z Detroit, Michigan

Owner: Bedrock Real Estate Services

Architect: Neumann/Smith Architecture

Precaster: Kerkstra Precast Inc.

Precast Concrete Specialty Engineer: IES Associates Consulting Engineers

Engineer of Record: Rich and Associates Inc.

Contractor: Colasanti/Sachse JV

In addition to this parking structure, this year’s categories include k-12 and higher education facilities, government/public structures, religious structures, housing structures, and bridge/transportation structures.

“For 52 years, the PCI Design Awards Program has celebrated projects that push the envelope in designing with precast concrete,” said PCI President James G. Toscas, PE. “This year’s winning projects exemplify the fusion of high performance precast concrete with outstanding functional and aesthetic design.”

Three panels of judges selected this year’s winning projects. One panel focused on buildings, one focused on bridges/transportation projects, and a third selected the special awards for Sustainability, All-Precast Solution, and the Harry H. Edwards Award for Industry Advancement. Members of the Buildings Jury were Donald R. Powell Jr., AIA, NCARB, RID, principal-in-charge at BOKA Powell LLC; Timothy Taylor, principal at Gensler; N. Jean-Pierre Pelletier, a Montreal architect and first vice president of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC); and Bruce Sekanick, AIA, OAA, principal architect for Phillips|Sekanick Architects Inc.

Members of the Special Awards Jury were Joe Bunkers, vice president of preconstruction at Gage Brothers Concrete Products; Andrew E.N. Osborn, SE, PE, Senior Principal at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE); and David Cook, principal architect at CTLGroup.

Members of the Transportation Jury were Dr. Joey Hartmann, PhD, PE, director of the office of bridges and structures for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA); Mark Traynowicz, a state bridge engineer for the Nebraska Department of Roads; and Gregg Reese, president of Summit Engineering Group.

For project photos and details, judges’ biographies, and more information about the program, visit For more information about the PCI Design Awards program, please contact Stephanie Corrigan, Manager of Communications with PCI at 312-428-4945 or

The submission site for the 2015 PCI Design Awards will open in January 2015 and submissions will be due in May 2015.

About PCI

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) is the technical institute for the precast concrete structures industry. PCI develops, maintains, and disseminates the Body of Knowledge for designing, fabricating, and constructing precast concrete structures. PCI provides technical resources, certification for companies and individuals, continuing education, and much more.


PCI members include precast concrete manufacturers, companies that provide products and services to the industry, precast concrete erectors, and individual members such as architects, consultants, contractors, developers, educators, engineers, materials suppliers, service providers, and students. For more information, visit