2011 Award Winners

ARCHITECTURE

 

Certificate of Merit

Erie Art Museum, Addition and Renovation
Architecture Firm:
EDGE studio
Client:
John Vanco, Director
Contractor:
Spaulding Banks Project Management, Inc.
Photographer:
David Joseph Photography

Jury Comments: Adding to the existing museum presented quite a challenge, which the architect successfully realized by wrapping a large arm around the building. This project is both contextual and a notable object building as an art museum should be.

 

Certificate of Merit

Swanson School of Engineering

Swanson School of Engineering, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
Architecture Firm:
EDGE studio
Client:
University of Pittsburgh
Contractor:
Mascaro Construction Co.& P J Dick
Photographer:
Massery Photography, Inc.

Jury Comments: This addition is both brawny and very elegant. The distinctive interior space works well with the outside and activates the building at the street level.

 

Certificate of Merit

Three PNC Plaza

Three PNC Plaza
Architecture Firm:
Gensler & Astorino
Client:
PNC
Contractor:
P J Dick
Photographer:
Bruce Damonte

Jury Comments: This is a beautiful curtain wall building with a very elegant skin. It is an auspicious addition to the city.

 

Certificate of Merit

Lola House

Lola House
Architecture Firm:
moss Architects
Client:
Michelle Yankefski
Contractor:
Flynn Construction
Photographer
: Snyder Photography

Jury Comments: This house creates an energy and tension as things pull in and out of it, which humanize it without domesticating it. The jury enjoyed seeing a house with a modern vocabulary inserted into an old neighborhood that remains contextual and a good neighbor.

 

Certificate of Merit

The Avenue Apartments

The Avenue Apartments
Architecture Firm:
Rothschild Doyno Collaborative
Client:
Ralph A. Falbo, Inc.
Contractor:
Mistick Construction Company
Photographer:
Massery Photography, Inc.

Jury Comments: The jury was impressed with the architect’s efforts to engage the community in developing their history, which is represented graphically in the testimonial wall. This soulful project has a certain scale that works and an industrial layer that makes it quite interesting. Very well done on a very low budget.

 

Honor Award

Carnegie Library East Liberty

Carnegie Library Of Pittsburgh, East Liberty Branch
Architecture Firm:
EDGE studio
Client:
Barbara Mistick, Director
Contractor:
Rycon Construction, Inc.
Photographer:
Massery Photography, Inc.

Jury Comments: This skillful adaptive reuse project successfully blends contextually with it neighbors while bringing vitality to the street. Its graphic liveliness emphasizes that libraries are the public space of this century.

 

Honor Award

Emerald Art Glass House

Emerald Art Glass House
Architecture Firm:
FISHER ARCHitecture
Client:
Withheld at Owner’s Request
Contractor:
Bob Zielinski
Photographer:
Eric Fisher, AIA, LEED AP

Jury Comments: This project takes “living above the shop” to a new extreme. Its industrial feel and grittiness recall Pittsburgh’s industrial past. The architect has very skillfully turned “Pittsburgh steel” into a welcoming home.

 

Honor Award

Mountbatten Complex

Mountbatten Nanotechnology Electronics Research Complex
Architecture Firm:
IDC ARCHITECTS, A CH2M HILL company
Client:
University of Southampton
Contractor:
Bovis Lend Lease Limited
Photography:
Peter Cook, Photographer

Jury Comments: This is a beautiful and sculptural building made up of an amazing collage of parts that successfully coalesce into one structure. The architect skillfully balanced those areas that needed to be open with those that needed to be closed and succeeded in creating an identity between those two dichotomies.

 

Honor Award and Green Design Citation

Springfield Literacy Center

Springfield Literacy Center
Architecture Firm:
STANTEC
Client:
Springfield School District
Contractor:
E.P. guidi, Inc.
Photographer:
Jeffrey Totaro

 Jury Comments: The innovative design of this building supports learning for Kindergarten though 1st grade. This large building successfully breaks down into smaller spaces without a feeling fragmented. The jury especially appreciated the material and finishes which help actively engage the outside.

 

HISTORIC PRESERVATION

 

Award of Excellence

Kaufmann Program Center

Kaufmann Program Center
Architecture Firm:
Renaissance 3 Architects
Client:
Hill House Association
Contractor:
Massaro Corporation
Photography:
Massery Photography, Inc.

Jury Comments: The architect effectively reestablished the front of this historic building while adding a side court to serve as a welcoming new entrance. The jury liked the sense of engagement the new plaza brings and how it successfully resolves accessibility issues.

 

INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE

 

Certificate of Merit

Burgatory

Burgatory – Helluva Burger and Heavenly Shakes

Architecture Firm: Jen Bee Designs
Client:
Burgatory
Contractor:
Brubach Construction Co.
Photography:
Mark Paczan

Jury Comments: The jury enjoyed the industrial vocabulary of this project that the architect carried through the entire project. The furniture helps to make the space by successfully realizing an architectural scale.

 

REGIONAL & URBAN DESIGN

 

Certificate of Merit

Revive Cincinnati

Revive Cincinnati: Neighborhoods of the Lower Mill Creek Valley
Architecture Firm:
Urban Design Assocoiates
Client:
City of Cincinnati, Department of City Planning and Buildings

Jury Comments: Infrastructure investment can be a catalyst for community redevelopment and this study suggests how that can happen. It sets up the terms of the dialogue for the community on how to leverage billions of dollars of investments into sewers to provide benefits in other areas.

 

Honor Award

Creating A Living City

Creating a Living City: A Case Study for Eco-District Planning
Architecture Firm:
evolve: environment :: architecture
Client:
Carlos Gasca

Jury Comments: This very thought provoking and ambitious plan to restore and reinvigorate an urban neighborhood that relies on the integration of three systems; energy, water and food. The jury was impressed with this thoughtful strategy of repairing a community through ecology.

 

TIMELESS ARCHITECTURE

 

Award of Excellence

Chatham Village

Chatham Village
Architecture Firm:
IKM Incorporated
Client:
Buhl Foundation
Photographer:
IKM Incorporated, Natale Cozzolongo

Jury Comments: The very definition of “timeless” is a community that is still affordable, livable and desirable. Chatham Village is all of this and an example to all architects and planners of principles that should be emulated in all developments. The jury was impressed with the original intent of the community and the successful resolution of imbedding a residential community on a difficult natural site.

 

YOUNG ARCHITECTS STUDIO COMPETITION

 

Honor Award

Excercise City

Exercise City
Kathryn Walsh

 

Honor Award

Uncover Pittsburgh

Uncover Pittsburgh
Jared Friedman

Jury Comments: Both of these projects looked at the augmentation the existing public stair infrastructure. The Designer of Uncover Pittsburgh looked at a uniform method to address impediments to use of the stairs such as lack visibility, exposure to elements, and lighting. Exercise City takes this concept further by making places along the stairs, although perhaps too dogmatically focused on exercise. The jury felt that each scheme had merits and deficits, but taken together suggest a signature attraction that is unique in the world, a distributed “highline” amongst the hills and neighborhoods of Pittsburgh.

 

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

 

People’s Choice Award

Savoy

Savoy Restaurant
Architecture Firm:
Desmone & Associates Architects
Client:
The Rock Entertainment Group
Contractor:
Pittsburgh Contracting Network
Photographer:
Massery Photography, Inc.