THE STEELSTACKS ARTS AND CULTURAL CAMPUS HAS BEEN NAMED THE 2017 RUDY BRUNER AWARD FOR URBAN EXCELLENCE GOLD MEDALIST! This biennial award celebrates transformative places distinguished by physical design and contributions to the economic, environmental and social vitality of America’s cities. A nationwide committee of urban experts determined the winners from among five finalists, naming SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the Gold Medalist and recipient of $50,000 to enhance the project. Completed in 2016, SteelStacks is the $93.5 million transformation of an abandoned steel mill into a mixed-use art, cultural, and entertainment district that hosts over 1.5 million visitors annually for a variety of events.
This transformational project was created by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Bethlehem under the leadership of Executive Director Tony Hanna, and continues to enhance and honor the historical Bethlehem Steel site with a vibrant arts and cultural community symbolizing the rebirth of the region. SITIO's Antonio Fiol-Silva lead the SteelStacks Master Plan, The Levitt Pavilion, and the Hoover-Mason Trestle projects as Principal-In-Charge and Planner, and Karen Blanchard was the Design Architect.