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Renovation and Reuse Featured in AIA Indiana Awards

Nearly half of this year’s AIA Indiana award recipients are renovation and reuse projects, including one look back to an earlier, influential preservationist victory. Indianapolis’ Hammond Block Building, an 1874-built structure whose repair is now being honored with an AIA Indiana 25-Year Award, puts a spotlight on how bringing one building back to life can help spark and entire neighborhood.

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Honor Award for Preservation/Adaptive Reuse/Renovation

<b>The Lerner Theater</b> in Elkhart, Ind., designed by Cripe Design and Moody Nolan, in association with James T. Kienle Associates. Jury comments: An accurate and extremely sensitive restoration, beautifully executed and carefully detailed. On the exterior, the architects uncovered and restored the simple splendor of this 1924 landmark. On the interior, a symphony of color and detail was meticulously restored, and is highlighted by masterful lighting. Image courtesy of Immortal Images.

Honor Award for New Construction

<b>University of Southern Indiana Business & Engineering Center</b> in Evansville, Ind., designed by Hafer Associates (architect of record) and HOK (design architect). Jury comments: Ample day lighting paired with generous circulation and gathering spaces create social spaces for the exchange of ideas across two historically separate campus cultures. Image courtesy of Fentress Photographs.

Merit Award for Preservation/Adaptive Reuse/Renovation

<b>Indiana State University Scott College of Business</b> in Terre Haute, Ind., designed by Schmidt Associates. Jury comments: A convincing conversion of the existing post office into contemporary academic uses, incorporating many of the building's original details. The architects' interventions in this grand context are clean and understated; a successful marriage of history and modern technology integrating all of the new systems and technology within a historic fabric is not an easy task. Image courtesy of Schmidt Associates.

Merit Award for Interiors

<b>Minton-Capehart Federal Building Modernization</b> in Indianapolis, designed by Brenner Design and James T. Kienle + Associates. Jury comments: A clear resolution of the competing requirements for security and openness; the architects' unyielding attention to detail and uncompromising minimalism provide a much improved lobby, both functionally and aesthetically. Image courtesy of Steinkamp Photography.

Citation Award for New Construction

<b>The Scenic</b> in Indianapolis, designed by Dave Rausch Studio. Jury comments: The plan organization is simple and strong. Ample daylight and attractive massing make for a good composition inside and out. The clearly articulated floor plan with circle, wedge, and bar buildings relate to both street and forest. The curved stone wall is a simple and respectful strategy of addressing the ever present residential garage, [which is] usually an eyesore. Image courtesy of Chris Bucher Photographs.

Citation Award for New Construction

<b>JW Marriott</b> in Indianapolis, designed by HOK (design architect) and CSO Architects (architect of record for the podium). Jury comments: The combination of the opaque podium mass and the glass tower create a building that simultaneously belongs to the earth and the sky. The curve of the tower was just enough to create a bold presence on the skyline, while the articulation of the curtainwall seemed to moderate the scale of the structure. Image courtesy of Hedrich Blessing.

25-Year Award

<b>The Hammond Block Building</b> in Indianapolis, designed by Schmidt Associates. Jury comments: This project represents a new awareness of preservation, as well as the beginnings of a larger movement to save and repurpose our architectural heritage in this country. This restoration has demonstrated the impact of the goal to save our heritage and build on it, as evidenced by the continued use of the structure and the influence it has had on the development of the neighborhood around it. Image courtesy of Schmidt Associates.

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