American Institute of Steel Construction

Published Friday, October 23, 2015

The Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial in St. Paul, Minn., has earned national recognition in the 2015 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2). In honor of this achievement, members of the project team will be presented with awards from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) during a ceremony at the structure on Tuesday, October 27 at 4 p.m.

The Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial is a Merit award winner in the category of projects Less than $15 Million, making it one of only seven projects around the country to receive the Merit honor.
“A strong, lyrical addition to a park, this field of randomly placed, slender steel columns, supporting a monolithic steel canopy, evokes the poles in a firehouse down which a firefighter would glide,” commented IDEAS2 awards judge, Cathleen McGuigan, editor-in-chief of Architectural Record, as well as editorial director of GreenSource and SNAP.

The memorial, located on the State Capitol grounds in Saint Paul, honors the sacrifice of Minnesota firefighters killed in the line of duty. It houses the Minnesota Firefighter Memorial Statue, previously on display at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport/

Approaching the monument, the ground rises to present visitors with a cast stone-faced wall inscribed with names of fire departments from throughout the state. A large steel monolith hovers above the focal point of the site where the statue stands, forming a pavilion to mediate between the monumental scale of the Capitol grounds and the life-scale of the statue. A field of several light steel columns supports the weight of the monolith above, and names of the fallen are inscribed on the columns. Visitors move in the shadow of the monolith through the multitude of columns to encounter the statue, bathed in light from a mirrored void in the monolith above. Outside the pavilion a bench provides a comfortable place for reflection.