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San Antonio Announces Design Awards
The jurors presented the Mayor’s Choice Award for a publicly funded project to the Julia Yates Semmes Branch Library by Rehler Vaughn & Koone. The 25-Year Award, bestowed for the second time by the chapter, went to the Tower Life Building, designed by the father-son architectural team of Atlee and Robert Ayres. Originally known as the Smith-Young Tower, the Tower Life Building opened in 1929 and was the tallest building on the downtown San Antonio skyline for nearly 50 years.
a n t o n i o Twelve projects received awards in AIA San A ntonio’s 2006 Design Awards. The projects were announced on Oct. 25 at a ceremony held at the Pearl Stable. The awards presentation served as the finale of the chapter’s second annual “Architecture Month.” Serving on this year’s Design Awards jury were David Brems, FAIA, of Gillies Stransky Brems Smith in Salt Lake City; Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA, of Wendy Evans Joseph Architecture in New York City; and Douglas D. Hanson, AIA, of DeStefano & Partners in Los Angeles. Three projects received Honor Awards—Penn State School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture designed by Overland Partners Architects, Government Canyon Visitor Center by Lake/Flato Architects, and 222 Austin Highway by John Grable Architects. Pennsylvania State School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture encourages interaction between two related but independent depart-
ments. Existing pedestrian paths are incorporated into the building, increasing connections and visibility to the rest of the campus. Government Canyon Visitor Center sits at the mouth of the canyon, forming a gateway to the state preserve. Designed for water conservation, the center collects rainwater, minimizes runoff, and reduces the use of ground water. A motor lodge turned office building, 222 Austin Highway features sculptural lighting and elemental materials such as long-leaf pine and carbon steel that contribute to the structure’s minimalist design. Merit Awards were presented to Casa 218 and Groveton Street Studios, both by Candid Rogers Architects; Prim Library by Lake Flato Architects; and the Wildlife Experience Center by Overland Partners. Citation Awards were given to Methodist Healthcare Ministries Corporate Headquarters by Kell Muñoz Architects; Lake Tahoe Residence designed by Lake/Flato Architects; and Blue Star Lofts by Sprinkle Robey Architects.
The Wildlife Experience Center
Penn State School of Architecture
Methodist Healthcare Ministries Corporate Headquarters
Government Canyon Visitor Center
Groveton Street Studios
Lake Tahoe Residence
222 Austin Highway
Blue Star Lofts
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