PBWD Selected for ASCE Pankow Innovation Award

MKA is pleased to announce the 321 West 6th Street design team, led by MKA Senior Principal Sean Clifton, and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Wind Committee, led by Don Scott, will share the 2024 ASCE Charles J. Pankow Award for Innovation for their collective efforts in developing and implementing Performance-Based Wind Design (PBWD).

MKA completed the structural design of 321 West 6th Street—a 671-foot-tall building in Austin, Texas, and the first project to implement PBWD into its design. As Structural Principal-in-Charge, Sean Clifton spearheaded the project using the ASCE/Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) methodology developed with Don Scott’s direction. PBWD ushers in a new era for resilient, performance-based design that aims to enhance safety and reliability while reducing materials, costs, and embodied carbon in high-rise structures. It also facilitates occupant comfort level (e.g., detection of objectionable building motion), serviceability (e.g., drift and motion), and strength and safety levels (e.g., building strength, damage potential, stability, and reliability).

The ASCE Charles J. Pankow Award for Innovation recognizes the contributions of organizations working collaboratively to advance the design and construction industry by introducing innovation into practice. The 2024 ASCE Charles J. Pankow Award for Innovation will be presented during ASCE’s OPAL Gala on October 8, 2024, in Tampa, Florida.

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