Boston, Mass. – April 20, 2012 – The Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion and Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks projects by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH), a national engineering firm that designs, investigates, and rehabilitates structures and building enclosures, captures Silver Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts’ (ACEC/MA) Engineering Excellence Awards.
The Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion was designed to raise awareness of the nearby Boston Harbor Islands — a natural resource only a 20-minute boat ride from Downtown Boston. Two structural double-curved reinforced-concrete roof canopies define the pavilion, providing spatial definition and protection for two kiosks, a large-scale map of the islands incised into the pavement, and a permanent exhibit that highlights the rich historical and ecological diversity of the archipelago. SGH provided structural design, concrete materials consulting, and construction administration services.
Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks at 21st Century Town Square, in Bethlehem, Pa., is set in front of the Bethlehem Steel plant. The outdoor band shell is part of an ongoing revitalization of the historical plant into the surrounding community. The design is a complex, faceted structural-steel frame clad with a skin of perforated stainless steel. The pavilion rises 37 ft, cantilevers 35 ft, twists, and then falls forward and stage left to the ground. SGH provided structural design, building enclosure design consulting, and construction administration services.