The Design Award competition is held every two years by the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute and its co-sponsor, the American Institute of Architects, to honor outstanding cast-in-place reinforced-concrete structures from across the United States. The 1996 winning projects share a demonstrated commitment to excellence in aesthetics, engineering, function, efficient material use, and economical construction. The winners were selected from 61 entries by an expert panel of two architects and an engineer.