2012 Award Winners

Congratulations to all 2012 Award Winners!

Architecture

Silver Medal

Gateway Station
Architecture Firm: Light/Motion Collaborative
Client: Port Authority of Allegheny County
Contractor: Whiting – Turner
Photographer: Massery Photography, Inc.
Engineers: 
AECOM; Atlantic Engineering Services; Allen & Shariff Corporation
Jury Comments: As the entry says, “It is intuitive, it’s transparent and it’s transit.”  The architect captured this very essence. This is a wonderful piece of civic architecture and a recognition of how integrated and important public transit is to the identity of a city. By recognizing transit through such a clear and aesthetic means, this project announces that the people of Pittsburgh value their public transit system. The choice of materials celebrates the steel and glass heritage of the city and the expression of the materials celebrates the technology and innovation that make Pittsburgh Pittsburgh. Great job of exploding the box.

 Honor Award

Ford Hall, Engineering & Molecular Sciences Building
Architecture Firm: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Client: Smith College
Contractor: William A. Berry & Sons, Inc.
Photographer: Woodruff/Brown Architectural Photography
Engineers: Fuss & O’Neill; Gibble Norden Champion Brown; vanZelm Engineers
Jury Comments: The elements are nicely proportioned down to and including the integration and articulation of the fume hoods. The interior structure reminds us of the structure of molecular biology. The green roofs and the expression of rain water harvesting are well done.

Honor Award

PNC Legacy Project
Architecture Firm: EDGE studio
Client: PNC Realty Services
Contractor: Turner Construction Company
Photographer: Massery Photography, Inc.
Engineers: Cenkner Engineering Associates
Jury Comments: This building is its own little feisty self. We would love to have such a place in Detroit. The building is a beacon which will draw people to the corner. The green features like the treatment of storm water and the sloped green roof are artfully done. There is a nice juxtaposition of materials.

Honor Award

Chevron Chemistry Annex
Architecture Firm: Wilson Architects, Inc. & Renaissance 3 Architects, P.C.
Client: University of Pittsburgh
Contractor: Mascaro Construction Company
Photographer: Esto Photographics & Massery Photography, Inc.
Engineers: The Gateway Engineers, Inc.; Barber & Hoffman Inc.; Affiliated Engineers Metro DC, Inc.
Jury Comments: This is an example of a very skillful addition to an existing building. Done in the air rights of the original building the new structure appears to float above the old. The thoughtful use of materials for the interior spaces warms up what is usually a cold space and breaks the traditional lab feel. The sunscreens above the windows is a wonderful detail. The architect very successfully belies the white coat building feel.

Honor Award

Student Activity Center
Architecture Firm: WTW Architects & Overland Partners Architects
Client: University of Texas, Austin
Contractor: Spawglass
Photographer: Chris Cooper Photographer
Engineers: Davcar Engineering Services; Datum Gojer; HMG & Associates
Jury Comments: This is a very handsome building with a nice eye to the campus. There are welcoming open spaces for gathering and a nice layered geometry to the interior. The entry extends the welcome feel by coming down to human scale. The jury appreciated the scale of the exterior stone masonry and the patterning it created.

Certificate of Merit

University of California Riverside, Molecular Science and Engineering Building
Architecture Firm: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Client: University of California, Riverside
Contractor: Edge Development, Inc.
Photographer: Nic Lehoux
Engineers: KPFF Consulting Engineers; Saiful/Bouquet Structural Engineers, Inc.; M+W Zander U.S. Operations, Inc.; ME Engineers
Jury Comments: The building has a nautical feel, like a boat in a moat. This is a big building in which the architect defined the circulation with cross axis geometry and very skillfully created an area where the students congregate. This analytically simple move resulted in a rich outcome due to the layers inherent in the design.

Certificate of Merit

Western Avenue Loft
Architecture Firm: Loysen + Kreuthmeier Architects
Client: Michael Ramsey, PhD.
Contractor: Continental Building Systems
Photographer: Massery Photography, Inc.
Engineers: Watson Engineers; Iams Consulting, LLC
Jury Comments: This urban refuge has a wonderful sense of retreat with clean lines and a nice transparency. There is a strong Japanese aesthetic to the interior. The jury would have liked to have seen more.

Certificate of Merit

Croghan’s Edge Townhomes
Architecture Firm: mossArchitects
Client: E Properties & Development – Emeke Onwugbenu
Contractor: Structural Modulars, Inc.
Photographer: Jason Snyder Photographer
Engineers: KAG Engineering; Atlantic Engineering Services
Jury Comments: This infill residential project of modest scale clearly demonstrates that you do not need a big budget to do good design. The architect treated the issues of cost and aesthetics seriously and the results show.  The jury likes the way the building engages the corner and the outdoors and the interesting floor plans.

Green Design Citation

Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center
Architecture Firm: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Client: Dartmouth College
Contractor: BOND
Photographer: Paul Warchol Photography, Inc.
Engineers: Engineering Ventures; Ryan Biggs Associates, PC; vanZelm Heywood and Shadford; The Sextant Group; Jacobs Consultancy
Jury Comments: The jury enjoyed the diagramming of the environment throughout the building. The rainwater harvesting and daylighting were logically communicated and clear. The jury’s favorite spot was the outdoor terrace which overlooks the green roof.

 Green Design Citation

The Irwin Studio
Architecture Firm: FISHER ARCHitecture
Client: Andy & Steve Irwin
Contractor: Carpenter Construction, Inc.
Photographer: FISHER ARCHitecture
Engineer: Watson Engineering
Jury Comments: Bravo to the architect for celebrating the technology of solar collection.

Architectural Detail and Craftsmanship

Award of Excellence

Slopes Pylon
Architecture Firm Loysen + Kreuthmeier Architects
Client: South Side Local Development Company/South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association
Contractor: Technique Architectural Products
Photographer: Loysen + Kreuthmeier Architects
Engineers: Konefal & Company, Inc.; Iams Consulting, LLC
Jury Comments: In a word: beautiful. This striking pylon appropriately uses materials that depict the surrounding context and history of this typical Pittsburgh neighborhood.

Design + Innovation

Award of Excellence

Pittsburgh’s Tribute to Children
Architecture Firm: 
Astorino
Client: The Fred Rogers Company / Colcom Foundation
Contractor: Astorino Development Company
Photographer: Astorino
Engineers: Raudenbush Engineering, Inc.; Astorino
Jury Comments: This is a wonderful example of reconstituting an existing structure that highlights the original structure and honors the memory of Fred Rogers.

Historic Preservation

Award of Excellence and Green Design Citation

South Hills Retirement Residence
Architecture Firm: Rothschild Doyno Collaborative and Thoughtful Balance
Client: AM Rodriguez
Contractor: SOTA Construction Services, Inc.
Photographer: Denmarsh Photography, Inc.
Engineers: The Gateway Engineers, Inc.; Atlantic Engineering Group; Iams Consulting, LLC
Jury Comments: This adaptive reuse project exemplifies our societal contract to be good to each other.  The architect skillfully takes a building built by and for the public and transforms and recycles it to serve the elderly.  It shows a nice synergy of life expectancy.  This is a valuable addition to the neighborhood.

Interior Architecture

Honor Award

Undergraduate Chemistry Labs
Architecture Firm:
Renaissance 3 Architects, PC
Client: University of Pittsburgh
Contractor: Mascaro Consruction Company
Photographer: Massery Photography, Inc.
Engineers: Dodson Engineering, Inc.; Tower Engineering
Jury Comments: This is not your father’s lab. This lab is elegant with a sophisticated and refined use of color.  Labs are usually throw away space. Not so here. This interior is unexpected and demonstrates the care and thought the architect put into the project.

Certificate of Merit

Wigle Whiskey
Architecture Firm:
EDGE studio
Client: Wigle Whiskey Distillery
Contractor: MM Mara Company
Photographer: EDGE studio/Anna Lee Fields Photography
Engineers: WBCM; Allen & Shariff Corporation
Jury Comments: A playful, cheerful, and fun interior. There is a good use of color and the sparkle created by the interplay between the distillery equipment, glassware, bottles, and aluminum surfaces is very nice. The garage doors are a good transition between the “factory” area and the tasting area.

Certificate of Merit

Center for Student Success
Architecture Firm:
The Design Alliance Architects:
Client: University of Pittsburgh – College of Business Administration
Contractor: Landau Building Company
Photographer: The Design Alliance Architects
Engineers:Pyramid Engineering, PC
Jury Comments: The architect’s refusal to respect boundaries makes this an award winning project.  The carving out of a space between the floor and ceiling energized the spaces.  The jury also liked the sweeping gestures of the floor and ceilings that helps to unify all of the space.

Green Design Citation



Eco Bistro
Architecture Firm:
Lami Grubb Architects, LP
Client: Parkhurst Dining Services
Contractor: Mosites Construction Company
Photographer: Lami Grubb Architects, LP
Engineers: Cenkner Engineering Associates, Inc.
Jury Comments: A very comprehensive sustainable program from food to waste.

Regional + Urban Design

Honor Award

Allegheny Riverfront Vision Plan
Architecture Firm:
Perkins Eastman
Client: Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
Photographer: Charles Uhl, Senator John Heinz History Museum, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Perkins Eastman, Cahill and Associates, CH2M hill, Viridian Landscape Studio, Trans Associates, GSP Consulting
Jury Comments: This is more than a plan, it is a compelling vision.  The architect reclaims the industrialized riverfronts by engaging the natural environment. The jury applauds the public process that was undertaken.

Honor Award

The Oakland 2025 Master Plan: A Vision for Mobility & Sustainability
Architecture Firm:
Pfaffmann + Associates, and Studio for Spatial Practice
Client: Oakland Planning & Development Corporation
Photographer: Pfaffmann + Associates/Studio for Spatial Practice
Jury Comments:  This plan is a bold and innovative vision to transform a rapidly growing community by focusing on its transportation and housing initiatives.  The jury applauds the extent of the public process and the care the architect used in considering the communities’ needs.

Honor Award



Almono Vision
Architecture Firm:
Rothschild Doyno Collaborative
Client: Almono Vision
Jury Comments:  This is a very thoughtful plan that considers the diverse challenges to bringing back a community in decline. The architect successfully transforms the challenges into opportunities by presenting a doable vision, which would bring value to the existing community and its people as well as the region.

Honor Award



Market Square Place
Architecture Firm:
Strada
Client: Millcraft Industries
Contractor: TEDCO Construction Corporation
Photographer: Dennis Marsico and J. Altdorfer Photography
Engineers: Atlantic Engineering Services; Tower Construction Services
Jury Comments: This new urban square is good for the city and reenergizes the storefronts. The synergy of the solid and the void work together, perfect for an urban space.  The scale really works.  This is more like a European square.

Honor Award



Moscow Concept Master Plan
Architecture Firm:
Urban Design Associates
Client: City of Moscow (GenPlan)
Photographer: Urban Design Associates
Jury Comments: Congratulations. This plan has wonderful energy and the renderings are beautiful.

Timeless Architecture

Award of Excellence

Novitiate Chapel
Architecture Firm: Celli-Flynn Brennan Architects & Planners
Contractor: Pevarnik Bros., Inc
Photographer: Marc Neuhof
Engineers: Simonds and Simonds, Environmental Planning & Design; Celli-Flynn Brennan Architects & Planners; CJL Engineering
Jury Comments: This is a simple, enduring, and classic building.  It is a very warm and welcoming place to worship.

Young Architects Studio Competition

Honor Award

Symphony Bridge
Participant:
Beatrice Spolidoro