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In Chicago this week, championships have been on everyone's minds as the Chicago Blackhawks won their third Stanley Cup in six seasons. While the winners of the 2015 Metal Architecture Design Awards don't get to spend the next several weeks carrying around the Stanley Cup, they do get to revel in the glory of having one of their projects selected as the best showcase of metal architecture this year.

One of my favorite parts of the Design Award judging process is listening to the three judges debate the merits of each of the projects. Our judges this year-Yen Ong, Colin Drake and Erik Mehlman-all come from different backgrounds and were able to bring various perspectives to the projects. The discussion between the judges offers insights and a deeper glimpse into how they look at and approach projects.

This year's winners range from a riverwalk in Des Moines, Iowa, to the first PreK-12 education space in the country to offer students multiple dimensions of education based on creating a sustainable future. Additionally, three projects received special mention as Judges Awards. Each project features metal in a unique way that stood out to our judges and exemplifies the many ways in which metal can be used to create interesting and distinctive projects. Click here to check out all of this year's winners.

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