2010 Award Winners

ARCHITECTURE

 

 Certificate of Merit

Uniontown

Uniontown Hospital
Architecture Firm: Burt Hill
Client:
Uniontown Hospital
Contractor:
MBM Contracting, Inc.
Photographer:
Denmarsh Photography, Inc.

Jury comments: The architect succeeds in not making the building look institutional. In spite of the complexity and challenge of the hospital program, this project displays a sensitivity to scale and materials while giving a new identity to a previously undistinguished complex of buildings. The stair tower has become a beacon and recognizable entry point for the hospital.

 

Certificate of Merit

West General Robinson Garage

West General Robinson Street Garage
Architecture Firm:
Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel
Client:
Sports & Exhibition Authority
Contractor:
Mascaro Construction Company, L.P.
Photographer:
Massery Photography, Inc.

Jury Comments: The architects should get a special award for executing such a successful project on a very modest budget.  They spent their client’s money well.  The sensitive handling of the retail circulation with the appropriate scaling of the elevations on this difficult site resulted in an eloquent solution. The retail space and lobby dignify the façade and create an essential sense of entry. This is the right building for this site and the building plays an important role in the redevelopment of the whole area.

 

Honor Award

Warren and Katharine Schlinger Laboratory For Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Warren and Katharine Schlinger Laboratory For Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Architecture Firm: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Client: California Institute of Technology
Contractor: Rudolph and Sletten
Photographer: Anne Garrison Architectural Photography

Jury comments: The openness and direct access to natural light and the openness of meeting spaces is remarkable given that this building is a research and lab building. Because of its relationship to the outdoors, this is the most humane lab building the jury has ever seen. The building creates excellent outdoor spaces that did not exist before including the service dock area to the adjacent building. The best site plan of all the projects.

 

Honor Award

Lewis Katz Building

Lewis Katz Building
Architecture Firm:
Ennead Architect LLP
Client:
The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law
Contractor:
Gilbane Building Company
Photographer:
ETSO

Jury Comments: The architects took a project with complex planning and completely wrestled it to the ground. Every floor is different and beautifully executed. The internal building orientation allows for maximum natural light in reading, meeting and circulation spaces. The systems are beautifully detailed. If you have to study in a building in a northern state in the middle of winter, this is where you want to be. The next building built on this site will need to respond to this building in a creative way.

 

Honor Award

Allegheny College, Vukovich Center for Communication Arts

Allegheny College, Vukovich Center for Communication Arts
Architecture Firm: Ennead Architects LLP
Client: Allegheny College
Contractor: Massaro Corporation
Photographer:
ESTO

Jury comments: Every space speaks of communication. The building is nicely detailed and restrained. The theater speaks of engagement with the audience. The green roof is delightful in part because of the view and in art because of how it integrates with the other outside space. The building has a disciplined but yet, eloquent palette of materials.

 

Honor Award

August Wilson Center

The August Wilson Center for African American Culture
Architecture Firm:
Perkins + Will
Client:
August Wilson Center for African American Culture
Contractor:
Turner Construction Company
Photographer:
Joshua Franzos Photography

Jury comments: This building is beautifully detailed and well resolved. The jury was particularly captivated by the stairs, which are an enjoyable experience whether you are going up or down. The site provided a tough geometry to the project with the apex being the most difficult part. The architects handled these challenges admirably. Both the scale of the building on the street and the large windows up top help brings the activity out while inviting the neighborhood to look in. The public spaces are very eloquent. The building has beautiful circulation with many nice places to gather and it is a great compliment to the buildings across the street.

 

Honor Award and Green Design Citation

Science and Technology Center at Clarion University

Science and Technology Center at Clarion University
Architecture Firm: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Client: Clarion University of Pennsylvania & Department of General Services
Contractor: Leonard S. Fiore, Inc.
Photographer:
Massery Photography, Inc.

Jury comments: This project turned a site, which was previously a no, mans land into a veritable connector between the upper and lower campus. The planning is great. The landscaping plan, which is implied in the drawings, will fully realize this project. LEED Gold is incredibly difficult to achieve in a lab building and the architects are to be commended for the extraordinary effort they put into greening this project.

 

DESIGN & INNOVATION

 

Award of Excellence

Boathouse and Pavilion River Perspective

Boat House/River Pavillion
Architecture Firm: EDGE Studio
Client: Venture Outdoors

Jury Comments: The building displays eloquent simplicity and restraint well suited to the modesty of its function.

 

HISTORIC PRESERVATION

 

Award of Excellence

Century Building

Century Building
Architecture Firm: Koning Eizenberg
Architect of Record: Moshier Studio
Client: Trek Development
Contractor: Guardian Construction Management, Inc.
Photographer:
Eric Staudenmaier Photography

Jury Comments: The success of projects like this that reuse old buildings, speak of the revitalization of American downtowns. This is a great example of an old building with a new life because of a mixed-use program including affordable housing. The plans for the residential and office are equally well executed.

 

REGIONAL & URBAN DESIGN

 

Certificate of Merit

Hilldistrict Greenprint Village

Hill District Green Print
Architecture Firm:
Studio for Spatial Practice
Client:  Find the Rivers! Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

 

Jury comments: The land is readily available and so the plan is implementable, practical, beautiful, phasable. Phasibility is the key to this project. It makes it fully realizable. Adds to the quality of the neighborhood. Appreciate that the plan became a vehicle for community involvement and participation. A great deal of restoration of landscape – a sustainable and regenerative vision of the landscape.

 

Honor Award

National Center for Youth Science Education

National Center for Youth Science Education
Architecture Firm: Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel
Affiliated Architect: Brandstetter Carroll, Inc.
Client: National Youth Science Foundation
Contractor: Mistick Construction Company

Jury comments: For a youth center this is a sensitive and appropriate solution to the programming and site. The language of the building is very promising. For an unbuilt project you get a good idea of how it will turn out. This project will be fully realized if the buildings are built as shown. Well suited to its setting. It is inspired by the vernacular language of the region without making a caricature of it.

 

YOUNG ARCHITECTS STUDIO COMPETITION

 

 Award of Excellence

Drew Weinheimer

Drew Weinheimer
Organic Mechanic

 

 

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

 

 Award of Excellence

Founders Hall Exterior

Founders Hall
Architecture Firm: 
Street Dixon Rick
Client: Juniata College
Contractor: Leonard S. Fiore, Inc.
Photographer:
Massery Photography, Inc.