The eighth annual ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards showcased dozens of innovative concrete projects from around the world.

The “Overall Excellence” award was presented to Chau Chak Wing Museum, located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The winning concrete project also received first place in the mid-rise structures category at the ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards during the ACI Concrete Convention on Monday, Oct. 24.

The Chau Chak Wing Museum at The University of Sydney is the culmination of many years of strategic planning that consolidates the University’s Nicholson, Macleay, Power and University Art collections and showcases some of Australia’s most significant artistic, scientific and archaeological artifacts. With a specified design life of more than 100 years, the aspiration for the Museum was to be as highly regarded as the iconic Great Hall and Quadrangle, the symbolic and ceremonial heart of the University. The construction of the museum involved bulk excavation and construction of a six‐level building (including a plant level and two basement levels) with 7740 square meters (83,300 square feet) of gross floor area.

“What makes this project particularly noteworthy is its commitment to sustainability and its focus on constructability,” stated Overall Excellence judge Emily Guglielmo. “All this while meeting the demanding architectural vision. This project represents a model for concrete design and construction that we should all strive to achieve.”

The awards were created to honor the visions of the most creative projects in the concrete industry, while providing a platform to recognize concrete innovation, technology and excellence across the globe. To be eligible for participation in the ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards, projects need to be nominated by an ACI Chapter, International Partner or selected through self-nomination.

In addition to the highest honor, the “Overall Excellence” award, which was presented to the Chau Chak Wing Museum, additional projects recognized during the ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards include:

  • Repair & Restoration
    • 1st Place: The Corniche Kenned in Marseille, France.
    • 2nd Place: Mercato di Corso Sardegna in Genova, Italy.
  • Decorative Concrete
    • 1st Place: Aquatic Gallery in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
    • 2nd Place: Hollywood Park NFL Media Building in Inglewood, California, USA.
  • Low-Rise Structures
    • 1st Place: Chai Château Haut-Bailly Winery in Léognan, Gironde, France.
    • 2nd Place: Brossard Aquatic Complex in Brossard, Quebec, Canada.
  • Mid-Rise Structures
    • 1st Place: Chau Chak Wing Museum in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
    • 2nd Place: Denver Water Operations Complex - Administration Building in Denver, Colorado, USA.
  • High-Rise Structures
    • 1st Place: 100 Above the Park in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
    • 2nd Place: Faria Lima Plaza in São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Infrastructure
    • 1st Place: SCG-CPAC Ultra-High-Performance Concrete Bridge in Bang Sue, Bangkok, Thailand.
    • 2nd Place: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge in New Ross, Wexford, Ireland.
  • Flatwork
    • 1st Place: MSPT Proving Ground Facility and Test Track in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India.
    • 2nd Place: SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, USA.

The winning project details can be found at Entries for the 2023 ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards are being accepted now through April 30, 2023.

You can also vote for the 2022 People’s Choice Award – an audience-driven award for the ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards. Beginning Oct. 24 and ending Nov. 30, participants can judge and vote for their favorite concrete project entered in this year’s ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards. Following the completion of the voting period on Nov. 30, the American Concrete Institute will announce the winning project of the People’s Choice Award on ACI’s official social media pages.