The 2010 Design Awards for projects designed by Middle Tennessee architectural firms have been announced by the American Institute of Architects, Middle Tennessee Chapter (AIA Middle Tennessee).
An independent jury from the AIA San Antonio chapter selected the winning entries. A total of 43 entries were submitted, 12 in the Un-Built Category and 31 in the Built Category. The entry types included 3 residential, 5 mixed-use, 17 Commercial/Office/Hotel, and 18 Institutional/Healthcare projects.
The jury was challenged to evaluate projects for their design excellence. They were also encouraged to recognize and acknowledge environmentally sensitive design approaches in the submitted projects as part of the normal deliberations and utilize the AIA Committee on the Environment's annual Top Ten Green measures as the benchmark for evaluation.
The Jury was impressed with the caliber of all of the projects submitted, and ultimately selected a total of 9 projects to receive awards of Honor, Merit, Citation in the Built category or Excellence in the Un-Built category. There were two in the Un-Built, and seven in the Built category.
The Jury commented on the projects as a whole, noting:
"[We] admired the variety and overall quality of the projects submitted. There were several very worthy projects which did not ultimately get selected and, as Carol can attest, we worked carefully and debated heatedly. All juries are different; we encourage those not permeated this evening to resubmit their project next year."
The projects recognized for Honor, Merit and Citation awards, as well as Unbuilt awards, went to the following AIA member projects and their firms:
Owner/Client:Lighthouse Christian School / Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Project Location:Nashville, Tennessee
Description:A new Preschool Building for Lighthouse Christian School. This is Phase I, designed and built for the ABC Television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Phase II will be completed by the Anniversary of the May 2010 Flood in Nashville.
The jury really loved the fresh, sophisticated palette of this project's siding; it is engaging for children and their parents as well. This sophisticated exterior renews the repetitive gable forms as "just right" for this program. The direct and efficient floor plan is a perfect fit for the program as well. The illuminated entry element introduces an element of wonder; again, in an un-clich-ed, innovative way.
Project:Omohundro Water Treatment Plant Filter Building
Architect:Centric Architecture, Jim Thompson, AIA
Owner/Client:Metro Water Services
Project Location:Nashville, Tennessee
Description:The project consisted of the exterior and interior restoration of the Omohundro Water Treatment Plant Filter Building in Nashville, Tennessee
The jury wanted to recognize the design effort and skill that is required to realize an excellent historic restoration project like this. The architect has to be, at best, invisible. We understand that a myriad of difficult design decisions are involved in bringing back an industrial building like this, in such an uncompromising way. We felt the result shines like a jewel.
Description:A signature, gateway building at the entrance to Austin Peay State University is created to showcase the development of the solar industry and green technology in Tennessee.
We loved this very successful marriage of campus vernacular with high-tech showplace. This project perfectly suits its pedagogical purpose, with its innards on beautifully choreographed display. We felt that that the clever solar panel sundial is destined to become a campus landmark.
Description:A Mixed-Use infill development located along a core historic neighborhood commercial district that is a model for affordable and sustainable neighborhood development and construction.
The jurors were unanimous in wanting this mixed-use project in one (or more!) of San Antonio's urban neighborhoods. The project's restrained and sophisticated understatement and the use of substantial materials will make this project look good for many years to come. We loved the numerous inventive details and the variety of the interiors. We applaud its sophisticated urban design. We also congratulate its developer for funding an innovative project like this.
Project:United Hospital Center Replacement Hospital
Architect:Gresham, Smith & Partners - Kenneth A. Priest, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Owner/Client:United Hospital Center
Project Location:Bridgeport, West Virginia
Description:692,000-square-foot, 292-bed replacement hospital for a 1960s-era hospital in Bridgeport, West Virginia. The design focuses on flexibility, staff efficiencies and patient-friendliness.
Given the Middle Tennessee Chapter's prominence in hospital design, the jury wanted to recognize this project for the admirable thorough-ness of its overall design concept, from its planning to its handsome interior design... it creates very satisfying unity in the project. We were particularly taken with a picture of a patient room with a view of the hills beyond through a large window, a view made possible by the curving layout of the patient tower.
Description:The adaptive reuse of this historic structure demonstrates the sensitivity and subtle contextual response befitting an historic district with progressive ideals. The programmatic solution for the project resulted in an historic building that will accommodate a variety of businesses and even serve as an urban home if desired with high performance technology and performance standards.
The jurors felt that the combination of careful historic exterior restoration with a modest - yet completely modern - addition is just right for our times. The two coexist beautifully,.. In fact, each makes the other better - no small feat.
Description:Ovation, a premier corporate event and product launch planner, wanted to incorporate their new branding identity into a new corporate office space.
The juror's loved the loved the calculated simplicity of this interior design. The polished, uncolored concrete floors, the crisp white walls and the frameless glass doors and partitions create a generous, uncluttered feel that should be an ideal basis for creativity.
Architect:Gresham, Smith & Partners - Kevin K. S. Kim, AIA
Owner/Client:People's Republic of China
Project Location:Shanghai, China
Description:Master Plan for an International Medical City encompassing five million square feet including 3,000 beds, five hospitals, specialty clinics, and one core support facility.
The jurors felt that the Unbuilt category should be a place for flights of creativity and for unfettered vision. We were very impresses by this project for a Medical City in Shanghai. We found the monochromatic renderings impossibly beautiful and detailed. We also admired the amount of thought that went into the planning of the project, including its sustainable elements that made it seem not so far-fetched after all.
Description:The progressive and highly sustainable design of Mid City Gardens will provide a beacon of hope, changing the landscape of this struggling Baton Rouge neighborhood.
The jurors felt that the unbuilt category should also be for modest and innovative projects that address pressing local needs both innovatively and beautifully... in other words, projects that should be built. This is one such project. It integrates affordability, sustainability, and innovative design into a beautiful and compelling presentation.