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IMEG-engineered project wins German Steel Building Prize


The November 2017 issue of Architect magazine featured the Trumpf Smart Factory.The Trumpf Smart Factory in Chicago will receive the German Steel Building Prize 2018. The award is given to projects in which the use of steel creates a clear relationship between architecture and construction.


IMEG provided structural, MEP, fire protection, and technology design for the $15 million, 57,000-square-foot project that opened in 2017 and features a showroom in which rows of Vierendeel trusses march across the sloping ceiling. Although on U.S. soil, the Trumpf Smart Factory is granted the German award because two main project partners from Berlin are involved: architect Barkow Leibinger and engineer Knippers Helbig. Heitman Architects of Itasca, Ill., was architect of record for the project.


The award will be presented in October by Bauforumstahl of Germany, which promotes steel construction and is a forum for architecture, resource-efficient and cost-effective planning and construction as well as standards.


Learn more about the award, read the IMEG case study or a story published by Architect magazine.