COLUMBIA, SC – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Greater Columbia Section held their biennial design awards gala on November 15, 2012 at IT-ology .  Submissions were judged by an independent jury, selected by the AIA Greater Columbia Board of Directors, and awards presented to AIA Member Firms and Architects for projects which highlighted exceptional design.

The 2012 Jury was chaired by nationally recognized architect, Frank Harmon, FAIA, of Frank Harmon Architect.  The other jurors included:

Philip Szostak, FAIA of Szostak Design
Jeffery S Lee, FAIA of Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee
David Hill, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Graduate Director of Architecture, NC State University

This year, there were 6 awards presented, out of a field of 28 project submissions.  Two Honor Awards and Four Merit Awards were presented to the following projects and design teams:

Honor Award:
Muller Road Middle School
Architectural Firm: Quackenbush Architects + Planners, Architect of Record; Perkins + Will, Design Architect
Owner: Richland School District Two
General Contractor: Le Chase Construction

Honor Award:

Florence Field Maintenance Shop Phase I
Architectural Firm: Studio 2LR, Inc.
Owner: South Carolina National Guard
General Contractor: FBi Construction

Merit Award:
James E. Clyburn Research Center
Architectural Firm: Stevens & Wilkinson of SC, Inc. (in association with Goody Clancy & Associates, Inc.)
Owner: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
General Contractor: Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC

Merit Award:

University of South Carolina Horizon I Research Facility
Architectural Firm: Watson Tate Savory
Owner: The University of South Carolina
Construction Manager at Risk: Barton Mallow

Merit Award:
601 Gervais Street | 1218 Pulaski Street
Architectural Firm: Studio 2LR, Inc.
Owner: C2 Holdings, LLC
General Contractor: Shell Building: Hood Construction Company; Tenant Upfits (OCCO and C2): Mashburn Construction

Merit Award:
Mast General Store
Architectural Firm: Garvin Design Group
Owner: Mast General Store
General Contractor: Mashburn Construction

Design Awards Chair and AIA Greater Columbia Vice President, David Sickinger, stated, “As an organization, we are privileged to have architects producing such great projects located throughout the Midlands of South Carolina; projects that not only serve the community and the clients well, but also exhibit excellent execution in the design.  We are grateful to be able to coordinate this event to celebrate these projects and teams that allow these great projects to happen.”

AIA Greater Columbia would like to thank the Premier Event Sponsor, McWaters and Event Sponsor Carolina Ceramics for their support in making this event possible.

About AIA Greater Columbia:

AIA Greater Columbia Section is a subsidiary of the AIA South Carolina chapter and the national American Institute of Architects.  AIA Greater Columbia has a membership of approximately 300 design professionals and strives to help carry-out the goals of the parent organizations: being the voice of the architectural profession and the resource for its members in the service to society.

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