The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) announces the call for entries for their biennial, 2010 CRSI Design Awards program. For more than 37 years, the CRSI Design Awards program has honored excellence in reinforced concrete structures and acknowledged their designers. The CRSI Design Awards program is open to architects, engineers and contractors — entrants may be individuals or teams. Eligible structures must be located in the United States, Canada or Mexico.

Projects must have been completed between January 1, 2006 and September 30, 2009. The fee for entering the Design Awards program is $150 per submittal. All entries must be received at CRSI by October 16, 2009. Entries will be evaluated on aesthetics, innovation, engineering achievement, functional excellence and economy of construction. The CRSI-selected jury, comprised of architects and engineers, reserves the right to award multiple prizes in a single category. Entries will be judged in the following categories:

  1. Residential Buildings,
  2. Commercial Buildings,
  3. Educational and Healthcare Facilities,
  4. Public Buildings,
  5. Cultural and Entertainment Facilities,
  6. Transportation Facilities, and
  7. Bridges.

CRSI has been the recognized authority for steel reinforcement in concrete design and construction by publishing industry standards and promoting the proper use of reinforcing steel in structures. According to Bob Risser, PE, CRSI President, "The inherently flexible properties of reinforced concrete enables professionals to express their unique vision in building and bridge projects. The CRSI Design Awards program recognizes designers for their creativity in using this great material."

For a complete description of the CRSI Design Awards program and full contest rules, visit the CRSI website - All entries must be received October 16, 2009 by the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, Design Awards program, 933 N. Plum Grove Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173. For more information on the Design Awards program, contact Darren Szrom, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, at 847-517-1200 x36 or