Soldier Field Continues Racking Up Awards

The National Council of Structural Engineers Associations recently awarded Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers, the structural engineer for the Soldier Field renovation project, with the 2005 Outstanding Project of the Year Award.

The award, which was presented in October at structural engineers’ 13th Annual Conference in Kansas City, Mo., praised the stadium’s design and how the engineers “tackled complex geometry and steel construction innovations in the National Football League’s fastest stadium construction yet.”

With it newest award, the new Soldier Field has won a total of 17 awards since reopening to the public in September 2003. Praise for the stadium, which was one of the city’s largest public works project in recent history, also includes honors from construction associations and publications, civic organizations and environmental groups.

Originally constructed in 1924, Soldier Field has been the home of the Chicago Bears for more than 30 years. The City of Chicago completed the renovation of the stadium in September 2003.

The revitalization of the historic Soldier Field was part of the city’s Lakefront Redevelopment Project to renovate the stadium and the surrounding area.

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