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"Steelhenge"

UTSA architecture student's 'Steelhenge' receives national recognition

(Aug. 6, 2004)--Student Josh Pierce and Assistant Professor Mahesh Senagala of the UTSA School of Architecture have redesigned Stonehenge with a twist of steel.

The team recently received honorable mention for their creation "Steelhenge" in the 2003-04 ACSA/AISC Student Design Competition sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

The goal of the competition was to create a prototype design for a convention center in Columbia, S.C., using steel.

Pierce worked on the project under the direction of Senagala, his faculty adviser. It is the third winning entry by Senagala's students in as many years of the competition.

"One of the distinctive features of this senior design studio is the creative use of cutting-edge digital technologies and unconventional design strategies to better understand steel as a building material," Senagala said. "I didn't want the students to design the stereotypical big box."

--Tina Luther

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