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Architecture association names award winners

November 20, 2014
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Arcadia Brewing Co. Kalamazoo
One of the two pubs Arcadia Brewing Co. operates in the region is in downtown Kalamazoo. Courtesy American Institute of Architects Southwest Michigan

The southwest Michigan chapter of the American Institute of Architects recently recognized some of the best projects out of the area at its annual Design Awards Celebration.

The chapter of the national association, or AIA, hosted the event this month at the Cityscape Event Center in Kalamazoo to recognize “outstanding work” and “good design for the sustainable projects within our communities.”

The chapter presented one Honor Award and three Merit awards to firms in the area.

All of the entries were “executed architectural projects” from members at firms that operate a primary practice in the area. The entries could be located anywhere in the world.

The jury for the event was made up of members of AIA’s Mid Missouri chapter: Nick Peckham, president of AIA Mid Missouri; Heiddi Davis, director of campus facilities, planning, design and construction, University of Missouri; and Benyamin Schwarz, professor in the department of Architectural Studies, University of Missouri.

2014 AIA Southwest Michigan Design Awards winners

Honor Award

Arcadia Brewing Co., Kalamazoo

The project

The 28,500-square-foot facility is located on a former brownfield site in downtown Kalamazoo that once housed a coal-burning power plant, according to the chapter. The site was selected for its “redevelopment potential and proximity to other walkable destinations.” The facility is on the east bank of the Kalamazoo River and along the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail. Site planning allows for easy access by canoe, kayak and bike. Future outdoor plans will maximize green space with rain gardens, a beer garden and a kayak and canoe launch.

Jury comments

“The reuse of a brownfield site and daylighting are two sustainable features of this well-thought-out building. The entry is done well with an introduction to the brewery through the windows even before arriving inside. It fits well on the site, is inviting to the public, works well with the environment and reveals its function with carefully placed glazing.”

Merit Award

Allegretti Architects
Brunner Residence, St. Joseph

Jury comments

“This project is built in an existing neighborhood. The detail of the windows and the front porch is modern, but ties back to the traditional neighborhood and a time-honored architectural style. At a time when most housing is ‘stock,’ it is refreshing to see an owner interested in working with an architect to think through the design inside and out.”

Battle Creek Math & Science Center, Battle Creek

Jury comments

“An expressive addition to an existing building creates a new image and allows for engaging spaces. Good daylighting, an expressive use of color and exposed/highlighted building systems seems to be a successful strategy to engage youth in STEM curriculum.”

Slocum Architects
South Haven Marina, South Haven

Jury comments

“Good choice of materials for this marina building. The entry with laminated lumber frame and appropriate sunscreens give the building a joyful identity. Well-thought-out balance between durable materials and aesthetic enhancement of a modest-size facility.”

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