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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.

Also see http://midlandsbiz.com/articles/12607/

Find out information about the program and see which projects received awards this year!

Contact Information:

Asheley Scott, AIA, LEED AP

AIA Greater Columbia Section

President

803.233.6602

ascott@studio2lr.com

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (04/11/2011)

 City of Columbia Proclaims April 10-16 “Architecture Week”

 COLUMBIA, SC – April 11, 2001 – The City of Columbia has issued a proclamation declaring April 10-April 16, 2011 as Architecture Week.  The proclamation “encourages all citizens to honor our architects and recognize the positive role they play in our continued economic prosperity.”

 The proclamation coincides with The South Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects highlighting April as “Architecture Month” throughout the state. On April 13th, coinciding with the 154th Anniversary of the American Institute of Architects, the state chapter is hosting a Legislative Breakfast in Columbia.  Meanwhile, local sections are focusing on an intense series of outreach programs throughout their communities to promote the profession in a variety of ways.  Members of the Greater Columbia section have the opportunity to participate in a number of programs including continuing education events, building tours, and networking functions.  To promote Architecture Month, the Greater Columbia section will be wrapping up a scholarship program with the Clemson University School of Architecture towards the end of the month and is hosting the annual “Kids in Architecture” program at the Columbia Museum of Art on April 30th.

 Please visit aiacolumbia.org for the official proclamation and for more information on the organization, membership opportunities, and upcoming events.  You can help to promote Architecture Week by liking AIA COLUMBIA on Facebook and following @AIAColumbia on Twitter.

 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 220 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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AIASC “Architecture Month” Proclamation

AIA Greater Columbia “Architecture Week” Proclamation

Keith Sanders, AIA, Kimberly Nelson, AIA, and Justin Abrams, Assoc. AIA, represented the Greater Columbia Section of AIA/SC at the 2011 Grassroots Conference in February.  They, along with other delegates from South Carolina, visited the offices of Joe Wilson, Jim Clyburn, and Jim DeMint to advocate for the following proposals to Congress:

•          Make Credit Available for Building Projects by calling on Congress to pass the Equal Treatment for Covered Bonds Act (H.R. 2896 in the 111th Congress) and Capital Access for Main Street Act of 2010 (H.R. 5249 in the 111th Congress).

•          Eliminate Costly Paperwork Burdens on Small Businesses by urging Congress to pass the Small Business Paperwork Reduction Act, which eliminates the requirement for businesses to file a Form 1099 for every transaction for goods or services worth $600 or more.  **UPDATE:  The Act was passed in Congress while the Grassroots Conference was in session!**

•          Jumpstart the Market for Building Retrofits as an Engine of Economic Growth by urging Congress to increase the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction (26 U.S. Code §179D) from the current $1.80 per square foot to $3.00 per square foot, which would incentivize energy efficiency, particularly for commercial and residential building retrofits.

•          Enact Comprehensive Transportation Reform Now by urging Congress to enact a five-year reauthorization of the federal surface transportation laws in 2011, prioritizing reduction of congestion, helping communities to prosper, and ensuring long-term funding needs are met.

Their visits to Capitol Hill, along with their attendance to leadership workshops and seminars, continue to enrich, support, and promote the success of our local section, state chapter, and national organization.  The Greater Columbia Section of AIA/SC plans to continue to promote participation in this event by sending two delegates to the annual Grassroots Conference next year.”

COLUMBIA, SC – January 13, 2011 – The Greater Columbia Section of the American Institute of Architects announces the election of its Board of Directors for the 2011 term.  The Board Members are:

2011 Executive Committee

PRESIDENT

Asheley Scott, AIA, LEED AP
Studio 2LR | Architecture + Interiors

VICE PRESIDENT/PRESIDENT-ELECT

Kimberly Nelson, AIA, LEED AP
GMK Associates, Inc.

SECRETARY

Holly Clarkson, Assoc. AIA
GMK Associates, Inc.

TREASURER

Regina Floyd, AIA, LEED AP
Watson Tate Savory Liollio Architecture

PAST PRESIDENT

Justin Abrams, Assoc. AIA
Quackenbush Architects + Planners

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2011 Board Members/Directors

MIDLANDS DIRECTOR

Keith Sanders, AIA, LEED AP
Keith Sanders Architecture

MIDLANDS DIRECTOR

Luke McCary, AIA, LEED AP BD + C
Stevens and Wilkinson

BOARD MEMBER

Josh Boltinhouse, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD + C
Stevens and Wilkinson

BOARD MEMBER

Robyn Fisher, Assoc. AIA, LEED Green Associate
Watson Tate Savory Liollio Architecture

BOARD MEMBER

Mathew Hart, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
LS3P Associates, LTD.

BOARD MEMBER

Tripp Riley, AIA
Studio 2LR | Architecture + Interiors

BOARD MEMBER

Justin Wallace, Assoc. AIA, LEED Green Associate
Studio 2LR | Architecture + Interiors

BOARD MEMBER

Michael Wenzinger, Assoc. AIA
Garvin Design Group

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About AIA Greater Columbia

AIA Greater Columbia Section is an all-volunteer organization which plans and hosts many events for the architecture and design community, as well as the general public.  The members regularly participate in membership meetings, continuing education courses, mentoring programs, social and charity events.  This year, two board members will represent the chapter at the AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.  The section will continue Kids in Architecture Day in partnership with the Columbia Museum of Art and expand a scholarship design competition with the Clemson University School of Architecture.  In the fall, they plan on assisting Richland School District Two with a program for their ALERT students on architecture.  Towards the end of the year, the section will host the second annual Design and Build Gingerbread House Competition and Auction, raising money for a local charity.  They also regularly team up with other local professional and design related organizations to promote interaction between the design-related disciplines.  For more information, please contact Asheley Scott at 803.233.6602 or ascott@studio2lr.com .