2016 AIA Greater Columbia Design Awards

COLUMBIA, SC – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Greater Columbia Section held their biennial design awards gala on October 13, 2016 at the Nickelodeon Theater.  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, Brian Bell, AIA, of BLDGS Architects.

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2012 AIA Greater Columbia Design Awards

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

Jury Comments:
The design and its resolution elevate the building type. This school will make a difference in the lives of its students. The jury commends the spacious academic houses, which give identity and scale to learning spaces within a large school building. The jury also recognizes the social and economic pressures architects face in contemporary school construction, and we commend the school board for its vision and values in commissioning this outstanding project. May other school boards follow your lead!

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

Jury Comments:
This is a confident, well-composed design that uses inexpensive, durable materials to great effect. Most architects ignore this building type because of its utilitarian nature.  Here, by contrast, the architects have used common materials to create an uncommonly beautiful structure. The jury also commends the clear, straightforward presentation of the project.

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

Jury Comments:
The site plan and landscape are well thought out in this project. The two large buildings are well resolved and fit comfortably into their context, with clear public and private spaces delineated by site arrangement and massing.The architect used carefully chosen materials and detail to give the buildings a sense of scale that is welcome and appropriate in a pedestrian,academic environment . Well done!

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

Jury Comments:
The jury thought this building had some exceptionally fine architectural qualities. We commend its compositionally rich, well proportioned, and bold yet simple shapes. Because the east and west facades are so different, we wondered if there were two architects involved. There was some concern about the large, glazed west wall. We suspect that campus appearance constraints were significant. We applaud the architect’s design sensibility and design abilities.

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

Jury Comments:
This is an exceptionally rich composition for a relatively small project, and an excellent example of urban infill. The exterior spaces are as important as the interior spaces. The architect has a fine sense of balance. We loved the roof terrace!

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

Jury Comments:
This project is a very sympathetic labor of love for the architect, who exhibited care and dedication in historic research and subsequent detailing of materials. By restoring the massive windows and generous canopy, the architect re-established the original scale of the building. This project saves an aging department store and sets an example from which others can learn – an important contribution to restoring our downtown districts. And as one juror remarked, “There’s something to be said for candy and flannel by the pound.”

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