2019 Central States Awards
Congratulations to Dake Wells Architecture for receiving a 2019 Central States Region Merit Award in the Architecture Category for their Sunshine and National Retail Center! The award was presented in St. Louis in October 2019. The jury recognized how the design addressed both the nearby residences and the street, positively influencing the context. Sharon Johnson, FAIA, principal with Johnston Marklee of Cambridge, Massachusetts and one of the jurors, stated "We valued how the architects took on this challenge of the prosaic 'strip mall' and rethought the urban potential of this typology through clear and impactful planning and architectural design. By repositioning the building along the street, introducing an architectural scale that straddled the commercial and the surrounding residential development, tucking in parking behind, and investing in quality materials, and in-between spaces, the project established a fresh approach which appears to strengthen the surrounding urban fabric while providing a valuable real estate asset."
Gayle Babcock, Architectural Imageworks, LLC