2018 MCA Chairman's Award Goes to Eleanor Boathouse


Photo Credit: Tom Harris courtesy Studio Gang

CHICAGO, IL – January 15, 2019 – The Metal Construction Association (MCA) gave Eleanor Boathouse the 2018 Chairman's Award in the Municipal category.

The decision was unanimous among this year's panel of distinguished architects: Steven G. Blye of Legat Architects, Steven Ginn of Steven Ginn Architects, and Paul Mankins of Substancearchitecture.

The 19,000 square-foot facility is the last of four new boathouses and river launches created by the Chicago Park District to reclaim the Chicago River as a major system of parks and water-based recreation. The design, incorporating alternating roof trusses, was inspired by the rhythm and motion of rowing.

"There's a Nordic feel to this," observes Ginn. "It has a playfulness of bringing aspects of a boat into the design."

The zinc used is 100% recyclable with a potential lifespan of 100 years or more. This choice of material aptly expresses the intent of conservation in regard to the river itself.

“By making the riverfront a destination for recreation, anchored by dynamic sustainable architecture, we hope to catalyze long-term stewardship and support of the river’s remediation,” says architect Jeanne Gang.

Building Owner: Chicago Park District
MCA Member Manufacturer: RHEINZINK America
Installer: Bennett & Brosseau, Inc.
Architect: Studio Gang Architects
Contractor: Walsh Construction
Metal Installer: Bennett & Brosseau, Inc.
MCA Member Regional Rollformer: Sheet Metal Supply Ltd.
Photo Credit: Tom Harris courtesy Studio Gang
Winners in eight categories were announced at the MCA's Winter Meeting Awards Dinner in Key Largo, Florida on January 15th. Awards were given in eight categories: Overall Excellence; Residential; Metal Roofing; Education - Primary & Secondary Schools; Education - Colleges & Universities; Institutional; Municipal; and Commercial/Industrial.

Each year, the Chairman’s Awards go to the most exceptional buildings involving MCA member companies. The criteria include overall appearance, significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal, and the role of metal in achieving project objectives. Recipients for these awards are selected each year from projects submitted by MCA members to Metal Architecture Magazine’s annual Design Awards Program.        

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