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AIA Utah and AIA Central Utah Awards: Building Urbanism

These two separate awards programs are both recognizing projects that work to grow existing urban cores, or to re-create metropolitan programmatic diversity closer to the urban periphery, even within one project. For AIA Utah, this means honoring inventive ways to re-invigorate disused neighborhoods, and investing in new public transit corridors. With AIA Central Utah, this means a corporate campus with an encyclopedic array of recreation and fitness amenities, virtually a city unto itself.


AIA Utah Honor Award

<b>Granary Row</b> in Salt Lake City, designed by Blalock and Partners. A non-profit developer established an identity for the district by creating a unique destination within a gritty, diverse neighborhood. From June to November, Granary Row hosted concerts, food trucks, urban demonstration gardens, artists, and start-up retailers looking to test the market. To create iconic signage pieces, retail shops, onsite storage, and dramatic stage backdrops, shipping containers were repurposed. Image courtesy of 2013 Rob Beishline.

AIA Utah Merit Award

<b>George E. Whalen Veteran&rsquo;s Affairs Medical Center Parking Structure</b> in Salt Lake City, designed by Axis Architects. The pattern on this skin, visible from both the exterior and interior of the structure, was derived from a microscopic image of bone marrow provided by the client. The client also requested a material that would require little maintenance, prompting the choice of weathering steel panels. The overall intent of the architect was to create a structure that was functional and safe, as well as create an unconventional and innovative design. Image courtesy of 2013 Dana Sohm, Sohm Photografx.

AIA Utah Merit Award

<b>Grantsville Public Library</b> in Grantsville, Utah, designed by Blalock and Partners. The Grantsville Public Library exploits the use of simple, affordable materials to relate to its greater context, yet communicates a sense of civic stature for this small, rural community. Developed from the idea of a desert blossom, the architectural forms and material selection were derived from the varied textures found in the surrounding area.  Image courtesy of 2013 Rob Beishline.

AIA Utah Merit Award

<b>L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Research Building</b> in Salt Lake City, designed by EDA Architects. The atrium anchors entire length of the University of Utah&rsquo;s health science campus at its east end. Its west fa&ccedil;ade provides stunning views across the Salt Lake Valley, and its deep recesses and dramatic cantilevers form a striking presence upon approach. Image courtesy of 2013 Bruce Damonte.

AIA Utah Unbuilt Merit Award

<b>Sugar House Streetcar Corridor and Gateway</b> in Salt Lake City, designed by CRSA Architects. Housed on an abandoned freight line between South Salt Lake and the Sugar House District, the corridor is structured as a continuous park with segments of greenscape and plazas. Environmentally, it reduces vehicular travel and aids in storm water retention. Economically, it creates new jobs and carries new buyers to existing businesses. Socially, it creates an inviting public space for community gardens and food vendors. Image courtesy of 2013 Robert Holman.

AIA Central Utah Award

<b>Security Metrics Office Building</b> in Orem, Utah, designed by Curtis Miner Architecture. This project consolidates all 400 staff members previously scattered among seven buildings. A centralized curvilinear core resolves the connection of two work areas on six floors. Polished granite and glass at grade define the piano nobile, visually anchoring the four stories above. Vertical curtainwall glazing accentuates the curved form while contrasting the adjacent orthogonal forms. Image courtesy of Curtis Miner Architecture.

AIA Central Utah Award

<b>Vivint Corporate Campus</b> in Provo, Utah, designed by Curtis Miner Architecture. The design concept emerged from cues off the dominant adjacent circular site layout, and captures views of Mount Timpanogos and Cascade Mountain. The campus master plan is comprised of an office building, conference building, public exercise path, and outdoor amenities. These amenities include: athletic fields, a medical clinic, a theater, a recording studio, and exercise room. Image courtesy of Curtis Miner Architecture

AIA Central Utah Award

<b>Clear Horizons Academy</b> in Orem, Utah, designed by Curtis Miner Architecture. Classrooms at this school for autistic children are enhanced with natural daylight, acoustically-treated walls, doors, and ceilings. Windows and light wells are located strategically to provide daylight and eliminate distractions. Innovative observation rooms provide a way for educators and parents to watch and learn how to interact with the children. Image courtesy of Curtis Miner Architecture.

AIA Central Utah Award

<b>Stag Lodge Addition and Remodel</b> in Park City, Utah, designed by WPA Architecture. The Stag Lodge addition and remodel creates wayfinding clarity for guests, connections to amenities, and openness for the Park City facility originally constructed in 1985. The grand staircase is expressed on the exterior with radial stone pillars and glazing that visually connect the lodge to the city below, while providing abundant natural light. Image courtesy of WPA Architecture.

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