AIA Eastern Pennsylvania 2012 Design Award Winners & Submissions

Award of Excellence

  • Project:

    ABW 4th Floor Office Interior

  • Project Location: Allentown, PA
  • Architect Firm: R+D Architecture
  • Project Architect: William Dohe, AIA
  • Photographer: Alyssha Csuk
  • Website: www.rdarchitecture.com
  • Phone: (610) 253-5220
  • Jurror comments:

    Interesting details of the cabinetry. I like the way the materials seem raw and unpainted, yet the floor finish brings color to the space. The integrity of the building was maintained while bringing in a modern ascetic.

    This project makes use of minimal materials to create a sensitive fit out. The color of the floor works well.

    The furniture has an interesting, thoughtful craftsman quality. A mundane material raised up. It is a good representation of architecture in 2012.

Award of Merit

  • Project:

    The Fred J. Jaindl Elementary School

  • Project Location: Breinigsville, PA
  • Architect Firm: USA Architects, Planners + Interior Designers
  • Project Architect: Shyam Perangur, AIA
  • Photographer: Beth Sherby
  • Website: www.usaarchitects.com
  • Phone: (610) 559-6000
  • Jurror comments:

    I like the fact that the colors are vibrant or eye-catching. It’s fun and inviting for an elementary school. A very playful quality, yet clarity of plan form.

    The entrance is well delineated. It has a strong linear quality. The undulating corridor looks like it would be fun for the students. The plan is diagrammatically what an elementary school should be.

    There is a very clear diagram. They differentiated the spaces with the masses. The library is a fun space. The architect employed a playful agrarian vernacular.

Award of Merit

  • Project:

    Lehigh Valley International Airport

  • Project Location: Allentown, PA
  • Architect Firm: Breslin Ridyard Fadero Architects
  • Project Architect: Michael K. Ackerman, AIA
  • Photographer: Steve Wolfe and Robert Breslin, AIA
  • Website: www.breslinarchitects.com
  • Phone: (610) 437-9626
  • Jurror comments:

    This project offers both a transformation from one era of architecture to another, as well as an inventive use of day lighting.

    The dramatic changes in the plan make the space feel light and airy.

    It is fascinating that there is more light in the new design versus the previous skylit space. The white panel ceilings provide excellent reflectivity.

Award of Merit

  • Project:

    Private Residence

  • Project Location: Northampton County, PA
  • Architect Firm: Artefact, Inc.
  • Project Architect: Christine Ussler, AIA
  • Photographer: John Harry / Artefact, Inc.
  • Website: www.artefactarchitecture.com
  • Phone: (610) 861-0235
  • Jurror comments:

    The detailing was well thought out and consistent from the inside through the outside. The stonework, fencing and walls were very consistent.

    They have taken a neo-Victorian house and applied materials that are appropriate for a Victorian. Shingles, the shutters look functional, the materiality is finely chosen. It brings out the character of the Victorian house more than before.

Special Citation

  • Project:

    Millersville University Visual & Performing Arts Center

  • Project Location: Millersville, PA
  • Architect Firm: Spillman Farmer Architects
  • Project Architect: Michael S. Black
  • Photographer: Matt Wargo
  • Website: www.spillmanfarmer.com
  • Phone: (610) 865-2621
  • Jurror comments:

    The gallery space is appropriately restrained. The users respond to the warmth of the wood.

    The citation was earned by the interior.

    The interior is inviting and a warm gathering space. The acoustic ceilings may be more functional than aesthetic.

    Nice interior. The materials are rich.

Special Citation

  • Project:

    Muhlenberg College Rehearsal House

  • Project Location: United States
  • Architect Firm: Spillman Farmer Architects
  • Project Architect: Russel P. Pacala, AIA
  • Photographer: Steve Wolfe and Russel Pacala, AIA
  • Website: www.spillmanfarmer.com
  • Phone: (610) 865-2621
  • Jurror comments:

    It’s interesting that they took a house and created a two-story space.

    Wrapping the stair around the elevator is a good example of active design: getting people to choose the stair over the elevator. The materials are not themselves spectacular, but their use makes for an interesting application.

    They really had to work the section. The landscape is quite incredible and they maintain the connection with the new design. The practice areas make good look of light.

Special Citation

  • Project:

    Partnership for Innovation (Pi)

  • Project Location: Bethlehem, PA
  • Architect Firm: Spillman Farmer Architects
  • Project Architect: Wayne F. Stitt, AIA
  • Photographer: William H. Deegan and Paul Warchol
  • Website: www.spillmanfarmer.com
  • Phone: (610) 865-2621
  • Jurror comments:

    The exterior has an interesting composition. The interior whitewashing makes for a nice neutral backdrop.

    Artful use of innovative materials. The use of the reflectors on a mundane concrete block wall is exciting. It helps define an entrance.

    The design creates a nice image of an entrance with a zoot quality. The interiors are simplistic and the furniture is functional. Keeping the existing windows maintains the character.

Additional Submissions

  • Project:

    Additions/Alterations for Pocono Ambulatory Surgery Center

  • Category: Institution/Commercial
  • Architect Firm: Bonsall Shafferman Architects

  • Project:

    Alterations to Park Plaza at Sullivan Trail

  • Category: Institution/Commercial
  • Architect Firm: Bonsall Shafferman Architects

  • Project:

    Proposed Health Care Campus for Coordinated Health

  • Category: Commercial
  • Architect Firm: Bonsall Shafferman Architects

  • Project:

    Opportunity House Daycare and Technology Center

  • Architect Firm: Designworks Architects

  • Project:

    Berks Women in Crisis

  • Architect Firm: Designworks Architects

  • Project:

    East Stroudsburg High School - South

  • Architect Firm: The Architectural Studio

  • Project:

    Shippensburg University Huber Fine Arts Center Additions/Renovations

  • Architect Firm: USA Architects, Planners + Interior Designers

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