A bustling Melbourne bridge, an iconic stadium, a regional dental school, an island hopping sports centre and a distinctly Australian looking community centre topped the National Steel Design Awards announced in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra on 10 September. Structural strengthening works that support extra lanes and traffic loads on Melbourne’s West Gate Bridge has won in the national Engineering project category. The judges commented that Australian steel was judiciously applied to enhance the strength of this structure involving some very awkward areas to operate in on the busy working bridge. Extensive modelling ensured design integrity to withstand constant movement and vibration. The new School of Dentistry building at the Wagga Wagga campus of Charles Sturt University and the redevelopment of Adelaide Oval’s Western Grandstand are joint winners in the Buildings – Large Projects category. The judge’s noted that even though the dental school could easily have been constructed from alternative materials, it is a true steel building conceived as such from day one using steel for multiple facets, not just the frames. The Western Grandstand work utilised a steel-intensive approach to enlarge the facility whilst respecting heritage elements of the historic cricket ground. A totally modular design approach for a multi-purpose building to accommodate a variety of sporting and social activities on a water-locked NSW site landed the Milson Island Indoor Sports Stadium top honour in the Buildings - Small Projects category. Steel’s ability to be prefabricated in manageable components allowed the structure to be barged to and readily erected onsite. The embrace of weathering steel as a cladding material to suit a naturalistic setting attracted the win in the Steel Clad Structures category for the Fitzgibbon Community Centre, Brisbane. The judges said the choice of weathering steels has immediately resolved the aspect of atmospheric corrosion. As a result it becomes fit-for-purpose requiring little future maintenance. Awards convenor, ASI National Marketing Manager, David Ryan said the common thread that links all the placed projects is the ability of steel to provide high strength to weight structures that are frequently both eye catching and highly practical.