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AIA names winners of Excellence in Design Awards
This private residence in rural New Hampshire earned an AIA Citation Award for Dennis Mires, PA, The Architects, of Manchester. (JOHN W. HESSION)
The Manchester Police Department building earned an AIA Honor Award for Lavallee Brensinger Architects of Manchester. (JOSEPH ST. PIERE AND MIKE SEARS PHOTOGRAPHY)
New Hampshire's architectural community celebrated extraordinary projects, excellence in professionalism, long-term achievement and talented upstarts Friday at the 2014 Excellence in Architecture Design Awards.
Project: City of Manchester Police Department
Architect: Lavallee Brensinger Architects, Manchester.
Construction Manager: Harvey Construction Corp., Bedford.
Replacing its cramped, inefficient, and technology-challenged 1970s-era station, the new Manchester Police Station provides 21st century facilities for the next 40 years. Reflecting its diverse population and crime trends, Manchester's police force has grown in numbers, diversity, and technological sophistication. The new structure is accessible, adaptable, durable, energy efficient, and compliant with modern law enforcement standards.
Project: Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics, University of New Hampshire, Durham.
Architect: Good Clancy, Boston.
General Contractor: PC Construction, So. Burlington, VT.
Landscape Architect: Carol R. Johnson Landscape Architects, Boston.
Project: Norway Point, Lakes Region
Architect: Samyn-D'Elia Architects, P.A., Ashland.
Contractor: Cerutti Construction, Meredith.
While accommodating the required shoreline setbacks for this home on a Lake Winnipesaukee peninsula, the architect also addressed the client's desire to maximize lake views. A bowed elevation providing 120-degree views of the lake was adopted for the main living area and the master bedroom. Doors that open in the front and rear of the stone-floored garage allow this space to serve as a covered sitting porch and be a large "window" to the lake beyond.
Bensonwood designed and built this project for Burr and Burton Academy as an environmentally conscious building designed as a living classroom. The building, situated on a 100-acre parcel of woodland, is occupied by about 40 students and four faculty members and supports the mission of the Burr and Burton Mountain Campus program: to function as a catalyst for students' growth as individuals, community members, and citizens of a sustainable world. The design goal was not only to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum, Net-Zero status, but also to serve as a "teacher" for BBA students.
Project Lighthouse Cove Cottage, Wolfeboro.
Architect: TMS Architects, Portsmouth,
General Contractor: Lovering Construction, Wolfeboro.
This cottage home is perched on the edge of Lake Winnipesaukee yet is located within walking distance of downtown Wolfeboro. The home looks easterly across the lake and is built on a gently rolling site that allows for a lakeside walkout lower level.
Project: Keene Family YMCA, Keene.
Architect: ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge, Cambridge, Mass.
General Contractor: The MacMillin Company, Keene.
"The jury was impressed with the successful use of the pre-engineered steel building construction type. There is a strong use of elements and a composition that punctuates the box in artful places," the jury wrote. "The architects successfully worked within the restraints of a limited budget."
Project: Piedra Fina Restaurant, Marlboro.
Architect: Daniel V. Scully/Architects, Keene.
Contractor: Ingram Construction Corp., Swanzey.
Piedra Fina Restaurant in Marlboro, with its mid-century modern flair and cultural fusion of food from Venezuela, Cuba, and Miami, opened in October 2013. The project is a renovation of an existing building that had numerous partitions and walls and a misdirected entryway.
Project: Private residence in rural New Hampshire
Architect: Dennis Mires, PA, The Architects, Manchester.
Construction Manager: North Branch Construction, Concord.
This contemporary take on the traditional organizing concept of a main house and connector barn commands the hill on this large parcel in rural New Hampshire. The stone cube and floating roof of the main house minimizes the footprint to preserve the existing landscape and maximizes the long views.
Architect: Lavallee Brensinger Architects, Manchester.
Construction Manager: Eckman Construction, Bedford.
Each year AIANH holds a People's Choice Awards program. The winners are selected from all of the submissions to the Design Awards program and are voted on through the AIANH website.
In the commercial category, the Keene Family YMCA by Architectural Resources Cambridge was the winner.
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