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May 11, 2016

Seven win 2016 Spokane AIA design awards

Seven projects won 2016 Design Awards from the Spokane chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

The biannual awards recognize excellence in architecture by members of the chapter, which covers Douglas, Ferry, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman counties.

Work had to be completed between March 31, 2010 and March 31, 2016, and could be anywhere in the world.

Here are the categories: $5 million and under; $5 million and above; craftsmanship; and sustainability. A total of 27 projects were submitted. No awards were given for sustainability.

Honor is the highest distinction, followed by merit and citation.


Built projects $5 million and above



Photo courtesy of Lara Swimmer Photography

Honor award

Wenatchee Valley College Music & Arts Center in Wenatchee

Completed: 2012

Team: Integrus Architecture (architect, structural, interior designer); MW

Consulting Engineers (mechanical, electrical and plumbing); SPVV Landscape

Architects (landscape architect); GeoEngineers (geotechnical); Roen Associates (cost estimator); PLA Designs (theater); Graham Construction (contractor)

Juror comments: Clear planning and order within building. Clarity of concept and consistent in details. Restraint in material and consistency of use. Well detailed tectonics. Appropriate sense of composition and proportion. Continuity of details inside and outside. Presentation quality. How exterior reflects interior program and vice versa.





Merit award

Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center in Moses Lake

Completed: 2014

Team: NAC Architecture (architect); Structural Design Northwest (structural); L&S Engineering (mechanical); NAC Engineering (electrical); Taylor Engineering (civil); Gavin Associates (landscape architect); Strata (geotechnical); FP Engineering (fire protection); Thomas Consulting (cost estimator); Bargreen Ellingson (food service); Fowler Construction (general contractor)

Juror comments: Exciting educational space, breaks the mold of typical vocational school. Brings design sensibility to a school of craft and invigorates what could be an otherwise banal industrial building. Quote from architect: “Architecture is at its best when it inspires ... creates intrinsic desire to learn.” The building is a very flexible technical environment and expressive of that both aesthetically and functionally.



Photo courtesy of Benjamin Benschneider

Citation award

Whitworth University Recreation Center in Spokane

Completed: 2013

Team: NAC Architecture (architect); LSB Consulting Engineers (structural); MSI Engineers (mechanical); NAC Engineering (electrical); Storhaug Engineering (civil); Bernardo-Wills Architects (landscape architect); FP Engineering (fire protection); Vandervert Construction (contractor)

Juror comments: Inspired by architect’s position to resist “gym within a warehouse” from client statement. Defining campus edge, using natural features. Building as a linkage in transition between horizontal and vertical conditions of the landscape. Creatively integrating an otherwise inflexible program, like gym, running track, climbing walls. Creates synergistic energy between activities.



Photo courtesy of Lara Swimmer Photography

Citation award

Pyrotek Corporate Building in Spokane

Completed: 2014

Team: Integrus Architecture (architect, structural, interior designer); McKinstry (mechanical, electrical and plumbing, fire design); Trindera (lighting); Land Expressions (landscape architect), Eagle Pointe Construction and Management, (contractor)

Juror comments: Exceptional adaptive reuse. Architects’ intervention of removing floors and adding skylight dramatically energized building. Created internal transparency and connection in section. Stripped the building back to bare bones and brought back life through modern finishes. Clear, consistent executions of finishes throughout building.



Photo courtesy of Ed LaCasse Photography

Craftsmanship award

Whitworth University Hixson Union Building renovation and dining addition in Spokane

Completion: 2012

Team: Integrus Architecture (architect, structural, interior designer); Roen Associates (cost estimator); SPVV Landscape Architects (landscape architect); Dumais Romans (mechanical); DEI Electrical Consultants (electrical); Coffman Engineers (civil); Momentum Consulting (food service); Creighton Engineering (fire protection), Walker Construction (contractor)

Juror comments: Very clean and thoughtful execution of connecting existing and new. Exquisite tectonic detailing between materials.



Built projects $5 million and under





Photo courtesy of Oliver Irwin

Merit award

Park Lane Residence in Spokane

Completed: 2011

Team: Uptic Studios (architect); Ramey Construction (contractor), Tammie Ladd Designs (interior designer), TD&H Engineering (structural), Stone Creek Landscape (landscape architect)

Juror comments: Thoughtful site analysis and building response to site. Planning diagram is strong in the massing and execution of the building. Exceptional craftsmanship. Material richness and simplicity of palate, with rich spatial laying.



Photo courtesy of Steven Keating

Citation award

Glen Lake Tower House in Maple City, Michigan

Completed: 2011

Team: Prentiss + Balance + Wickline Architects (architect); Quantum Engineers (structural); Golden Rule Construction (contractor)

Juror comments: Bold conceptual response to site. Spare, yet elegant use of material palate. Vertical layering and connection to site through elevation. Four sided structure. Lightly sits upon landscape.




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