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Design on the High Plains with AIA South Dakota and AIA North Dakota

Though separate awards programs, both AIA South Dakota and AIA North Dakota have recently recognized institutional projects. AIA South Dakota’s recipients adapted an updated Prairie Style aesthetic to religious and transit architecture, while AIA North Dakota, a state flush with oil money, is reinvesting in education infrastructure.

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AIA South Dakota Design Honor Award

American Reformed Church Addition in Luverne, Minn., designed by Architecture Incorporated. Jury comments: A straightforward solution that intends to provide a beacon of light to the community. It is about space and light, not the decoration. Image courtesy of Ken Petersen.

AIA South Dakota Design Honor Award

Illinois Central Depot Restoration in Sioux Falls, S. Dak., designed by Koch Hazard Architects. Jury comments: This depot restoration project is an excellent example of how far historic rehabilitation has come over the past 15 years. The new interior plan builds upon and amplifies both the linear building configuration and the richness of the historic materials. These architects very clearly recognized the strength of the original plan and the beauty of its original stone, wood floor, and wood windows. Image courtesy of Stephen Parezo.

AIA South Dakota Design Merit Award

Riverfront Master Plan in Mobridge, S. Dak., designed by Charles MacBride Architect. Jury comments: The number of unexecuted and unrealized urban master plans could be stacked from the floor to ceiling of this space, mostly because they tend to be proscriptive rather than visionary. The Mobridge Plan avoids this.  Instead it lays out eight grand projects that can be undertaken individually, over time, [and] the success of the master plan does not rely on every piece of the puzzle being put into place. Image courtesy of Charles MacBride.

AIA South Dakota Design Merit Award

Sioux Falls Regional Airport in Sioux Falls, S. Dak., designed by Koch Hazard Architects. Jury comments: The undulating canopy is a single strong design decision that creates a new image for this regional airport. The interiors continue the commitment to a clear structural expression. The elevations prove the beauty and power of a single idea. Image courtesy of Stephen Parezo.

AIA South Dakota Design Merit Award

City of Sioux Falls Public Works Environmental Center in Sioux Falls, S. Dak., designed by Koch Hazard Architects. Jury Comments: This is a hazardous waste drop off facility! It could have been yet another of the million Midwest metal buildings—a nothing. But the city established a higher goal and the design team employed the most modest of materials: concrete, particleboard and corrugate, to create a significantly better experience for its public users and for those who work there. Image courtesy of Stephen Parezo.

AIA North Dakota Honor Award

Grand Forks Central High School Theater Remodel in Grand Forks, N. Dak., designed by JLG Architects. Jury comments: This project executed a difficult program for its site, while doing an exceptional job at fitting in and enhancing all the surrounding areas and buildings both visually and programmatically.  A combination of new and renovated elements worked well together, and the opportunity to create a new entrance for the school was appreciated by the jury as a transforming element. Image courtesy of JLG Architects.

AIA North Dakota Merit Award

Brew Ales & Eats in Perham, Minn., designed by Chris Hawley Architects. Jury comments: There was a lot of DIY and local creative resourcing for the project, not necessarily with the deepest pockets, but utilizing their resources very creatively.  The architects managed to form a new understated rustic elegance on the street that nodded to the past without copying it directly.  The brick work is well detailed and the wood storefront has a nice tactility that echoes the inside.  The folded wood wall/ceiling element creates a strong center. Image courtesy of Chris Hawley Architects.

AIA North Dakota Merit Award

Mayville State University Science Library Renovation in Mayville, N. Dak., designed by JLG Architects. Jury comments: Part new construction, part renovation, this project was an exercise in elegance and restraint, while dealing with some fairly limiting overall height limitations in the building’s structure.  The existing buildings were very plain, and the new additions served to create a new formal language that tied the ensemble together. Image courtesy of JLG Architects.

AIA North Dakota Merit Award

Sky Barn in Fargo, N.Dak., designed by Chris Hawley Architects. Jury comments: The exterior patio space is fantastic, and brings an urban rooftop energy that would be coveted in any town. Image courtesy of Chris Hawley Architects.

AIA North Dakota Jurors? Choice Award

Williston State College Frontier Residence Hall in Williston, N. Dak., designed by JLG Architects. Jury Comments: The main entry part of the facade was well-detailed and abstract, and something that could be thought of as a goal for any of the buildings reviewed.  The project also completed the resolution of a good master plan for the approach to the campus. Image courtesy of JLG Architects.

AIA North Dakota Test of Time Award

Klai Hall at North Dakota State University in Fargo, N. Dak., designed by Harold E. Bechtel; recent renovations by T. L. Stroh Architects. Jury comments: The building previously served as office space for Lincoln Mutual Insurance and was a somewhat unremarkable example of the mid-century Modern style that later fell into disrepair. But thanks to a generous gift from John Klai, the building stood up taller and reemerged in 2008 as Klai Hall—North Dakota State University’s second academic building located downtown. Image courtesy of North Dakota State University.

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