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5 Design Awards for AIA Northeast Texas


t y l e r / l o n g v i e w The Northeast Texas chapter of the AIA presented five design awards at its annual Christmas party and chapter meeting on Dec. 2. The winning projects for this biannual event were selected from a field of 18 entries representing seven firms. A panel of three jurors – Kenneth Apel, AIA, of HKS in Dallas; Gary Rademacher, AIA, of Huckabee & Associates in Ft. Worth; and Brian Griggs, Assoc. AIA, of Parkhill Smith and Cooper in Lubbock – presented one Design Award, two Awards of Merit, and three Honorable Mentions. T he lone Desig n Award went to Texas Arthritis by Fitzpatrick Butler Architects. Texas Arthritis is a 10,261-square-foot specialty clinic and lease space developed on the concept of “representing Texas through architecture.” This was achieved through the creation of a “modern barn” utilizing a palette of old and new materials to create a familiar form with modern amenities and aesthetics. Clerestory windows allow natural light to penetrate the core of the

building while the glass enclosed waiting room invites patients to connect with the surrounding forested landscape. A broad range of materials are carefully coordinated between the exterior and interior spaces. Awards of Merit were presented to Gilmer ISD, Elementar y School by Thacker Davis Architects and Leon County Courthouse Restoration by Sinclair and Wright Architects. Gilmer ISD Elementary School is a new 114,000-sf building for the district’s pre-K through fourth grade. Grade levels are separated in self contained wings, each with its own teacher and support spaces. The school is sited to share bus drives with the adjacent intermediate school while separating parent drop-off traffic. Natural light and playful colors accentuate interior circulation spaces. Leon County Courthouse Restoration in Centerville, originally designed by George Edwin Dickey and constructed in 1887, is on the National Register of Historic Places. After thorough research of historic documents, interviews with local citizens, and careful physical examinations of the building, the architect

was able to return the building to its original exterior and interior. Major funding came from the Texas Historical Commission. The three projects recognized with Honorable Mentions were: Balance Pilates Studio by Fitzpatrick Butler Architects is a 4,649-sf renovation of a 1948 department store whose original facade was lost to years of modifications and neglect. The facility’s new, urban interior reflects the quality and image of a modern, client-oriented exercise facility. Northeast Texas Community College’s University Health Sciences Center by Thacker Davis Architects is a two-story, 39,120-sf educational space consisting of media classrooms, laboratories, and faculty offices that expand the college’s educational offerings in nursing, dental hygiene, and other health-related curriculum. Tatum ISD High School Coliseum by Thacker Davis Architects is 50,000-sf, multilevel competition facility with 360-degree seating for 1,400 spectators.

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