2011 Design Awards Winners
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The 2012 winners will be published in 2nd annual AIA Central PA Design Awards Publication! The Central Penn Business Journal distributes to over 10,000 business leaders in Central Pennsylvania. This is a great opportunity for the community to see the great impact Central PA Architects have on our community. All submissions are listed in the publication (not just the winners)!
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Project: CODO 28
Architect: Murphy & Dittenhafer, Inc.
Client: CODO 28 LP
This project deserves an honor award as a result of a sensitive urban intervention that respects and compliments the past. The addition works well in concert with the “landmark” building abutting it. The sustainable efforts undertaken also deserve a special mention. The interior’s light industrial loft like character is particularly pleasing. The design kept approximately 84% of the existing building’s floors, roofing, exterior walls and structural component intact. The architect carved 10 ‘vertical’ apartments in the space, preserving and exposing the existing structure where appropriate. The new construction portion also responds well to the surrounding buildings, by using red brick with matching mortar and the copper paneling. They also mention that the vertical water feature is quite popular with passers-by, the employees and also the children! This project is also the first LEED-certified residential building in Central Penn, which is quite an achievement. They paid careful attention to the use of materials, the indoor environmental air quality and efficient systems. In addition to reusing the existing building, they also used new materials, which were made of recycled content. From a purely aesthetical point of view, this building blends well with its surroundings and the interior is very inviting – the design is sophisticated and creates a true urban environment.
Project: Davis Residence
Architect: Tippetts/Weaver Architects, Inc.
Whilst not an Avant guarde contemporary design, this rural dwelling (farmhouse) is deserving of an honor award for the craftsman like design. The blend of contemporary design and vernacular architecture works well within this picturesque context. Though the building sitting and appropriate use of materials are also noteworthy. This residential project adapts appropriately to its site with the layout of the plan. Their design was inspired by the Amish homesteads of Lancaster County, yet from a modern approach. They also utilized the local skilled workers and materials as the timber frames were fabricated and constructed by local Amish craftsmen. The designers focused on the building systems using both traditional methods as well as new, high efficiency products and systems. Overall, the jury found the house to be a successful combination of traditional inspiration, quality detailing and construction and elegant design.
Project: Garber Metrology
Architect: TONO Architects, LLC
Client: Jay Garber
This project is deserving of a merit award due to its simple articulation of the building envelope along with appropriate use of materials. The vibrant and bright interior design should be commended as well. High notes should also be given for its sustainable agenda. Although constructions and budgets were not communicated in the presentation, it appeared to the jury that this project offered quality design solutions with simple building finishes and materials.
Project: Reading Citadel Intermediate High School
Architect: McKissick Associates Architects PC
Client: Reading School District
This education project shows how good design can affect human behavior in a positive way. The insertion of this high school into the urban fabric has proved beneficial for the neighborhood. This project deserves a citation award also due to the clever methods and extensive research to convert a hospital into a school. This school projects also proves that with good design, you can attempt to create social change and in this case they have been successful. They list a decrease in truancy rate, and increase in attendance and 50% fewer disciplinary incidents as a few of the statistics. This project is a statement of excellent historical reuse (50%), programming and design response to social issues within the city of Reading. A complex and well executed project.
Project: West King Street Corridor Redevelopment
Architect: Chris Dawson Architect
The Jury feels that this project deserves a citation for responding to the urban environment with multiple interventions that go beyond just a simple building design. The project proposes streetscape and pedestrian improvements, as well as a mixed-use anchor building to create critical mass. The architect inspires to transform not just a street corner but also an entire neighborhood. Although the project is in a preliminary phase, the use of the building could be anything from an art gallery, to a cafe, a school or community center. The design remains functional in form and material usage and the geometry opens to the corner and extends to the surrounding streets. Overall the design is a successful contemporary restyling and addition to an existing urban site.