GSA Honors 11 Winners With Design Awards
By: Marie-Alice Denis
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2011 – The U.S. General Services Administration celebrated the best in federal architecture today, honoring 11 sustainable federal civilian workplaces at its biennial GSA Design Awards.
During a ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, the winning projects were highlighted as achievements in architecture, building-integrated art, construction, engineering, interior design, landscape architecture, and urbanism.
The winning projects spanned land ports of entry, courthouses, and office buildings, as well as a parking garage that will sport resin fins and an aluminum screen. They also represent various phases of design and completion. All are characterized by innovative strategies, some of which including geothermal heating and cooling, stormwater management, alternative energy production, and advanced preservation construction techniques.
The recipients of this prestigious award are Julie Snow Architects; Robert Siegel Architects; Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects; Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners; Substance; Gruzen Samton Architects; Jones Studio; Dattner Architects; Richard McElhiney Architects; Schwartz/Silver Architects; Richard Meier & Partners Architects; and artist Alan Michelson.
Each winner orchestrated complex project teams and was honored alongside design partners and the regional GSA project teams.
The 2010 GSA Design Awards was juried by nine highly regarded professionals from the private sector, with New York-based architect Billie Tsien chairing the group. In total, 115 projects were submitted; the jury assessed the success with which GSA projects are incorporating design excellence principles and recommended new benchmarks for the agency to surpass.
The following list includes descriptive summaries of all the 2010 GSA Design Award winners:
U.S. Land Port of Entry, Warroad, Minn. — Architecture and Engineering Honors; Construction, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture Citations
U.S. Land Port of Entry, Massena, N.Y. — Architecture and Art Citations
U.S. Land Port of Entry, Calais, Maine — Architecture Citation
Historic District of Columbia Courthouse — Preservation Citation
U.S. Courthouse, Cedar Rapids, Iowa — Preservation Citation
Federal Parking Garage, San Juan, Puerto Rico — On-the-Boards Architecture Citation
U.S. Land Port of Entry, Van Buren, Maine — On-the-Boards Architecture Citation
Mariposa Land Port of Entry, Nogales, Arizona — On-the-Boards Communications Citation
Peter W. Rodino Federal Building Modernization, Newark, N.J. — On-the-Boards Engineering Citation
Dr. A.H. McCoy Federal Building Modernization, Jackson, Miss. — On-the-Boards Urbanism Citation
U.S. Courthouse, San Diego — On-the-Boards Urbanism Citation
See photos of some of the winning buildings>>