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2018 KENTUCKY HONOR AWARD WINNERS WERE FEATURED IN LOUISVILLE'S BUSINESS FIRST NEWSPAPER ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018.

Ten diverse projects were recognized for Excellence in Architectural Design by the 2018 Honor Awards program of the Kentucky Society of Architects (AIA Kentucky).  The following winners were honored at a ceremony on Thursday, October 18, 2018 during the Society’s annual convention, and acknowledged through a publication in Louisville's Business First newspaper on Friday, October 19.

Louisville Free Public Library South Central Regional Branch – Louisville

HONOR AWARD – New Construction: greater than $5M and less than $15M

Architect of Record:     JRA Architects, Louisville

Architect of Record:     MSR (Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd.), Minneapolis

Owner:                         Louisville Free Public Library

Jury Comments:

“In every possible facet of design - from concept and organization to materials and execution - this project demonstrates clarity of thought and consistency of ideas.  In plan, elevation and section, the architecture is deliberate and cohesive.  The sculptural design solution sits beautifully within the landscape and provides a seamless transition from exterior to interior experience.  One enters the building and is uplifted - fitting for the building's role as public library.  This is the best of architecture.”

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Historic Fayette County Courthouse – Lexington

HONOR AWARD – Additions/Renovations/Restoration: greater than $5M

Architect:                     K. Norman Berry Associates Architects, Louisville

Associated Architect:    Deborah Berke Partners

Owner:                         AU Associates

Jury Comments:

“The renovation of the Fayette County Courthouse is a stunning example of elegance and refined design.  The design team combined expertly detailed new elements, such as the central stair, with a masterful strategy for lighting and color to highlight the original features of the historic building.  With careful demolition and an attitude of design restraint, the finished project highlights the best features of the original while giving this building new life for the next 100 years.”

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The Mary F. Rounsavall Pavilion at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens – Crestwood

HONOR AWARD – Small Project Award

Architect of Record:     de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop, Louisville

Owner:                         Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

Jury Comments:

“This pavilion is an excellent example of designing to support community events while elevating the conversation about architecture.  The design team for this project expertly crafted the beautiful form that hovers above the ground plane to create space for activities.  The jury perceived great skill and discipline across many scales - from the overall form and structure to the panel joints and lighting. This is a highly flexible building - light and inspiring in its simplicity.”

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The Living Arts & Science Center Renovation & Expansion – Lexington, KY

MERIT AWARD – New Construction: less than $5M

Architect of Record:     de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop, Louisville

Owner:                         The Living Arts & Science Center

Jury Comments:

“The jury appreciated the design confidence of this project.  The building does not copy its historic companion, but instead expertly draws subtle cues of proportion and color to create a wholly new experience for visitors.  The addition is a beautiful foil to the original building, highlighting its texture and heritage through difference.  New and old structures are beautifully situated within the landscape, extending the influence of the program spaces beyond the walls of the building.”

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Old Forester Distillery – Louisville

MERIT AWARD – Additions/Renovations/Restoration: greater than $5M

Architect of Record:     Bravura, Louisville

Owner:                         Brown-Forman Corporation

Jury Comments:

“With its beautiful detailing and expert integration of branding elements, the Old Forester Distillery renovation represents a triumphant return to the company's original home.  A carefully designed procession of spaces leads visitors through a variety of production and storage areas to the rooftop event terrace.  The jury appreciated the well-balanced attitude toward new architectural insertions within the historic building context.”

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Second Chances Wildlife Education Center (Phase 1) – Mt. Washington

MERIT AWARD – Additions/Renovations/Restoration: less than $5M

Architect:                     Studio MAYO Architects, Louisville

Owner:                         Second Chances Wildlife Center

Jury Comments:

“The original non-descript building was given new life with the clever design and meaningful reuse of materials.  The jury commends the design team for a masterful salvaging of interior and exterior materials from the site.  The interior is rich with a variety of experiences within such a small envelope, while the exterior shows great restraint in the overall composition.  The project is a noteworthy example of the power of architecture to support education and community.”

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Omni Hotel & Residences – Louisville

CITATION FOR EXTERIOR DESIGN – New Construction: greater than $15M

Architect:                     HKS Architects, Dallas

Owner:                         TRT Holdings

Jury Comments:

“The jury recognizes this project for its bold and confident exterior design within its urban context.  The massing of the building holds the edge at street level, creating a departure point for the thoughtful interlocking of two simple forms above.  The detailing is beautifully designed and well crafted, with a restrained use of materials.  The jury also appreciated the simple graphic diagrams explaining the organization and massing of the project.”

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Eminence EdHub – Eminence

CITATION FOR COMMUNITY IMPACT – Additions/Renovations/Restoration: less than $5M

Architect:                     Studio Kremer Architects, Louisville

Owner:                         Eminence Independent Schools

Jury Comments:

“The jury recognizes this project for its role in pushing boundaries in design for community education.  Through the use of bold colors and natural light, the design team created a place where local citizens want to gather and learn.  The thoughtful organization of spaces around the central atrium and transparency of meetings rooms make learning visible and active.  The design supports and amplifies the mission of the District in providing technology education for all.”

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Elsco – St. Matthew’s

CITATION – Additions/Renovations/Restoration: less than $5M

Architect:                     Architectural Artisans, Louisville

Owner:                         Elsco

Jury Comments:

“The design team for this project expertly edited and added to the original structure to transform its street presence and interior function.  The jury admired the juxtaposition of the asymmetrically placed new front porch to the symmetry of the original house, shifting the perception of the structure from "house" to "commercial" space.  Updated windows are clean, elegant versions of the originals.  The exterior paint scheme provides bold contrast to the surrounding residential context.”

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Lexington Convention Center/Rupp Arena – Lexington

CITATION – Unbuilt Work

Architect of Record:     NBBJ, Los Angeles

Associated Architect:    EOP Architects, Lexington

Jury Comments:

“The jury commends this unbuilt project for its visionary urban and architectural design. The proposal creates strong urban pedestrian connections and welcomes visitors through a very transparent open base. The design dissolves the notion of interior and exterior, welcoming large crowds from many directions.  The new occupiable façade is a clever way of transforming the existing arena, capitalizing on this large piece of infrastructure while energizing the district.”

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THE JURY

The jurors met in Portland, OR on August 3, 2018, and reviewed the 54 entries received for this year's program. The jury members were:

·         Amy Donohue, AIA, Principal, Bora Architects, Portland, OR (Jury Chair)

·         Jonah Cohen, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal, Hacker Architects, Portland, OR

·         Carrie Strickland, FAIA, Principal, Works Progress Architecture LLP, Portland, OR

·         Steve Simpson, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, SRG Partnership, Portland, OR

Each was weighed individually, not in comparison with one another, and the jury was free to select as many or as few projects as it determined to be worthy of recognition. Projects selected were deemed to have successfully met the scope of challenges with which the architect was presented.

FIRM CONTACTS:

JRA Architects – Colin L. Drake, AIA, (502) 583-4697, cdrake@jrarchitects.com

K. Norman Berry Associates – Steve Eggers, AIA, (502) 582-2500, seggers@knbarch.com

DPAW – Roberto de Leon, AIA, (502) 582-6295, deleon@deleon-primmer.com  

Bravura – Edward Kruger, AIA, (502) 583-9715, ekruger@bravura-arch.com

Studio Mayo – David Mayo, AIA, (502) 759-5197, mayo.dave@studiomayo.com

HKS – Ashli Hall, (214) 969-3320, ahall@hksinc.com

Studio Kremer – Steven Ward, AIA, (502) 499-1100, steven@studiokremer.com

Architectural Artisans – Jeffrey M. Rawlins, AIA (502) 582-3907, jr@architecturalartisans.net

EOP Architects – Mark Thompson, (859) 231-7538, mthompson@eopa.com

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