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Advanced Solutions: Using the “I” in BIM to Improve Project Results

Wednesday, December 12th

12:00-1:00 – Lunch Included!

@ USC Green Quad –

1216 Wheat St, building 146D, room 102-103

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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.

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2012 AIA Greater Columbia Design Awards

The Greater Columbia Section of the AIA is pleased to announce the 2012 Design Awards program to recognize outstanding achievements in architecture performed by AIA Member architects and firms.  This year’s Awards gala will be held on November 15th and we are very excited to have Frank Harmon, FAIA as our jury chair and presenter at the event.

Frank Harmon was born in Georgia and educated at the Architectural Association in London. From 1970 to 1973 he was an associate of Richard Meier Architect in New York City, together with Henry Smith-Miller and Tod Williams. He has taught at the Architectural Association, Auburn University and NC State University, where he currently holds a practical appointment in the College of Design.

Frank Harmon’s portfolio might be regional, but he draws on influences and experiences beyond his native North Carolina. Although he started his architectural training at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in the 1960s, he moved to London to submerge himself in the city’s rich cultural landscape and to spend a year at the Architectural Association (AA). “The AA was the center of the architectural world at that time. James Stirling taught there. It was very exciting,” recalls Harmon. One year abroad turned into 11 (interrupted by a brief return to New York in the early 1970s to work for Richard Meier), and he started his first practice there.
In 1981 Harmon founded his own firm, Frank Harmon Architect in Raleigh, N. C. His decision to return to his home state in 1981 was based on a desire to live and work there, not a retreat from the competition and rigors of New York or London. In fact, Harmon’s career disproves the conventional wisdom that challenging commissions and enlightened clients exist only in sophisticated metropolitan centers.  It’s not often practical to build what one designs, but the occasional foray into the construction process has given Harmon a trust in wholesome materials and confidence that he can use them to make elegant spaces. The result is a vernacular modernism as slyly sophisticated as any found in New York or London.

The work of his firm has been published in Architectural RecordArchitectural Design and numerous other periodicals and books.Time magazine selected his Utility Storage Building for the Rake and Hoe Garden Center as one of the Ten Best Designs of 1988. Since 1992 Harmon’s six-person firm has won more AIA Design Awards than any firm in North Carolina. In 1995 he was awarded the Kamphoefner Prize for innovative modern design over a 10-year period. Harmon writes a column on architecture, landscape and design for the Independent newspaper.

Deadline for entry forms and fees:  August 31

Deadline for Digital Submission:  September 28

Winners notified: November 5th

Download the forms Here!

AIA Columbia_Call for Entries_2012

AIA Columbia_Entry Form_2012

More information will follow in the next several weeks.

Join TPM for this month’s Columbia Revit User Group meeting.


Legal Issues with BIM and IPD

When:  Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Time:  11:30am-1:00pm *Lunch is provided

Where:  Mashburn Construction Training Room

(1820 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201)

Agenda:  11:30am-11:45 – Networking/Registration

11:45am-1:00pm – Presentation/Q

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The AIA Greater Columbia Summer Social is today.  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 6:00-8:00PM

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

(in conjunction with the Sustain SC Conference)