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AIA Alaska 2012 Design Honor Award Winners

Fairbanks, Alaska (November 17, 2012) – AIA Alaska, a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is pleased to announce the 2012 AIA Alaska Design Award Winners!

The entries were juried by AIA Southern Arizona, chaired by Paul Mickelberg, AIA of Tucson. Additional Jurors included Rob Paulus, AIA, Robert Miller, Director – College of Architecture, University of Arizona, and John Messina, AIA. The jury lauded entrants in stating:

“In these bleak economic times we found a spirit of optimism running through these projects.”

AWARD OF CITATION:

kpb Architects (Anchorage) for their “Alaska Communications Flagship Store,” which they designed for 36th Street Builders, LLC. The General Contractor was Boslough Construction of Anchorage. Hay, Zietlow & Associates consulted. The Alaska Communications Flagship Store is located at 600 East 36th Avenue, in Anchorage, Alaska.

Jury Comments: “The level of thought that went into the custom fixtures - the tables, the front desk, the displays - and how they are backlit, was really nice. The fixtures were executed well on the construction side too.” “Very clean, and very appropriate to the technology.”

AWARDS OF MERIT:

NorthWind Architects, LLC (Juneau) for their “Marine Park,” an un-built project in Juneau, Alaska.

Garrett Martin, AIA of Portland OR consulted. The project site is the existing Marine Park Plaza, at the intersection of Ferry way and Marine Way in Juneau.

Jury Comments: “It’s wonderful and interesting. The town is so small compared to the landscape - Anything you put there shouldn’t even try to compete with the landscape. A welcoming symbol of the town.”

Livingston Slone, Inc. (Anchorage) for their “Department of Public Safety Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory,” designed for the State of Alaska, Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, Public Facilities Branch. The General Contractor was Neeser Construction, Inc of Anchorage. Consultants were Mike Fierro, PE of Reid Middleton, AMC Engineers, Elise Huggins of Earthscape, and Jay Lavoie of Estimations, all of Anchorage; along with Russel McElroy of McClaren, Wilson, & Lawrie, Inc. from Roanoke VA. The Crime Detection Laboratory is located on the NE corner of Martin Luther King Way and Ambassador Drive in Anchorage, Alaska.

Jury Comments: “The clarity of the plan was simple but a rich experience with the detailing, materiality and connection to the views.” “There is a nice simplicity of diagram of circulation that works well – While circulating through, you have a connection to nature – inside the building you can see that looking back out.”

ECI/Hyer Architecture & Interiors (Anchorage) for their “Kenai Community Library”, designed for the Kenai Community Library. The General Contractor was Blazy Construction, of Soldotna. Consultants were Wm. J. Nelson & Associates (Civil / Structural Engineer), of Kenai; AMC Engineers (Mechanical / Electrical Engineer), of Anchorage; HMS (Cost Estimator), of Anchorage; and Corvus Design (Landscape Design), of Anchorage. The Kenai Library is located at 163 Main Street Loop in Kenai, Alaska.

Jury Comments: “The addition and the connection to the existing building were well conceived. It’s a simple move - you can tell the difference between the new and old, but they are still compatible. With the amount of budget they had to work with, they did not try to overdo it - they were frugal on how they approached things, but in a thoughtful way, not arbitrary.” “The colored plastic skylight luminaires were very clever.”

Projects are awarded at an Awards Ceremony, held during AIA Alaska’s annual Statewide Convention. Convention attendees are also provided the opportunity to vote in two un-juried award categories: People’s Choice, and the Convention Award.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD (two projects tied):

Nvision Architecture, Inc. (Anchorage) for their “myHealth Clinic,” designed for J&M Properties, LLC. SR Bales Construction was the General Contractor. Consultants were R&M Consultants, Inc. (Civil Engineer); BBFM Engineers, Inc. (Structural); Coffman Engineers, Inc (Mechanical / Electrical Engineers); Medical Physics Services (Physicists); and Mullins Acoustics. myHealth Clinic is located at 2105 E. 88th Avenue, in Anchorage, Alaska.

NorthWind Architects, LLC (Juneau) for their “Marine Park,” an un-built project in Juneau, Alaska. Garrett Martin, AIA of Portland OR consulted. The project site is the existing Marine Park Plaza, at the intersection of Ferry way and Marine Way.

CONVENTION AWARD:

Nvision Architecture, Inc. (Anchorage) for their “myHealth Clinic,” designed for J&M Properties, LLC. SR Bales Construction was the General Contractor. Consultants were R&M Consultants, Inc. (Civil Engineer); BBFM Engineers, Inc. (Structural); Coffman Engineers, Inc (Mechanical / Electrical Engineers); Medical Physics Services (Physicists); and Mullins Acoustics. myHealth Clinic is located at 2105 E. 88th Avenue, in Anchorage, Alaska.

The AIA Alaska Design Awards Program was established in 1965 to promote community awareness of good design work in Alaska. Each year chapter members submit projects from around Alaska, which are exceptionally responsive to their clients’ needs and exhibit design excellence above and beyond competent design. To ensure the judging of the awards is unbiased, AIA Alaska Design Awards were judged by AIA representatives from Arizona.

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