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Awards recognize best in Southwest Florida architecture By Harold Bubil Real Estate Editor Published: Friday, April 27, 2012 at 5:03 p.m.

TOTeMS Architecture, a small firm with an impressive portfolio, cemented its reputation as a local architectural powerhouse at the annual design awards presentation held Thursday by the American Institute of Architects' Gulfcoast chapter. TOTeMS, which stands for The Office of Todd M. Sweet, won "best in show" for a beach house on Casey Key, and also was honored in the commercial design category for "Play Ball!" — a county-owned sports facility at 5100 Richardson Road in Sarasota. "An award from the AIA helps a winning firm show that their projects not only meet their clients' goals and expectations, but also that the project is an example to the profession of 'good design,'" said Jedd Heap, an officer in the local

TOTeMS Architecture's Beach House om Casey Key won Best of Show in AIA-Gulfcoast Florida's 2012 design awards competition. Jerry Sparkman was the architect of record. The 415-square-foot structure is one of three buildings on a large coastal estate, and is designed to float above the landscape, defining the southern edge of the courtyard. The copper-clad volume is anchored to the site by a large, stone-clad wall. implying a sense of delicate balance and material permanence. The structure is "part sleeping room, part garden folly, and part lookout post to the sea," said the owner. COURTESY PHOTO

AIA chapter. "Receiving an award from one's peers reaffirms the architect's desire to always deliver great work to the client and the community as a whole." TOTeMS won two other awards in the competition. Guy Peterson OFA, by now one of Sarasota's architectural "older guard," also won four awards, with Jonathan Parks Architect, Hall Architect, Clifford M. Scholz Architects, Halflants + Pichette Studio and Damien Blumetti winning one each. The designs were judged by architects from the AIA-Austin chapter in Texas: Gary Furman, FAIA, of Furman + Keil Architects; Pam Chandler, AIA, of FAB Architects; and David Webber, AIA, of Webber Studio "This year's winning firms range in age and experience," said Heap. "Many younger architects are starting to get their work built and appreciated, and this is a great forum for that to happen." Copyright © 2014 — All rights reserved. Restricted use only. 3/26/2014

CMSA April 27th 2012  
CMSA April 27th 2012