The Best Of The Best

May 4, 2007
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GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects recently presented its 2007 Honor Awards, which recognize its members for quality of work and contributions to the industry.

AIAGV cited five firms for design efforts this year and two individuals, Harry Terpstra and Steven Fridsma, for their personal contributions.

The association honored Fridsma with the 2007 Young Architect Award. Fridsma is the Worship Environments Leader at Progressive AE, where he markets, designs and manages projects for church clientele across the country. He has been a guest teacher at Calvin College in the pre-architecture program. He was a founding member of the AIAGV Young Architects Forum and served as the AIAGV Sponsorship Liaison for three years. Fridsma co-chaired the Design for Humanity housing prototype competition in 1999 and won the AIAGV Outstanding Service Award that year.

Terpstra was honored with the 2007 President's Award for his many years of service to the organization. He has held every AIAGV office chair and presided over the association in 1998. He is one of only two AIAGV members to serve as an AIA Michigan director, and was president of AIA Michigan in 2005. While serving the association, Terpstra started Terpstra Design Associates in 1999. He won the President's Award because "he is a true leader" and because of "his sustained personal and professional commitment as AIAGV's reputation for creative and dynamic leadership continues and grows."

Belden Brick & Supply Co., Herman Miller, Professional Underwriters, Retractable Solutions, Rockford Construction and Work Squared sponsored the AIA Grand Valley 2007 Honor Awards.

Here are the winning firms from the annual awards ceremony held at DeVos Place.

Architect: Tower Pinskster Titus

Award: Building Award

Facility: Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy, Grand Rapids

Jury Comments: A sophisticated and inventive site plan and building floor plan contributed to this successful school project. A skillful design of the entry concourse, vehicular access and public space complemented the existing urban fabric and condition.

Architect: Integrated Architecture

Awards: Building Award and Sustainable Design Award

Facility: David D. Hunting YMCA, Grand Rapids

Jury Comments: This project is nicely scaled for such a large program. It contributes greatly to the city through its sensitive sitting along the riverfront. The design created interesting spaces that encourage interaction among students and teachers.

Architect: Tower Pinkster Titus

Award: Building Award

Facility: Civic Theatre, Grand Rapids

Jury Comments: This project represented a restrained yet delightful restoration of a landmark building. Through the addition of the atrium extension along the north façade, programmatic issues were resolved while simultaneously animating the visual presence of the entire block.

Architect: Integrated Architecture

Award: Sustainable Design Award

Facility: Royal Caribbean West Coast Call Center

Jury Comments: This project rethinks previous design responses typically used in the development of large-plan building types. The seamless integration of building and site creates a project that appears to "sit lightly" on the land.

Architects: Lott3Metz and Nederveld Associates

Award: Regional and Urban Design Award

Topic: Brikyaat Neighborhood Redevelopment Master Plan, Grand Rapids

Jury Comments: The planning process for this project was participatory, and the analytic approach was comprehensive. The resulting Master Plan addresses very real and common neighborhood revitalization issues with a set of thoughtful and realistic recommendations.

Architect: BETA Design Group

Award: Interior Design Award

Facility: Williams Group Corporate Office, Grand Rapids

Jury Comments: The design placed collaboration at the center of the work day. The breakout and more private spaces were not overlooked and were successfully located and arranged for function and effect. The textures and transparencies of layered surfaces hold one's attention and delight the eye. 

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