OCMA Honors GBBN and Miami U For Ice Arena Complex and Parking Garage Design

The Ohio Concrete Masonry Association recently honored GBBN and Miami University with a 2007 Merit Award for Educational Design for the Goggin Ice Arena Complex and Southwest Campus Parking Garage facilities on the Oxford campus.

The jury noted a number of key areas that the team had to address and overcome throughout the design and building process of the project. It included a very difficult set of programmatic requirements, involving a very large, vaulted sports venue space and sizeable parking structure. The jury was impressed with how the arena was 'sensitively inserted' into the look and feel of the campus.

"From the very beginning of concept design, we were focused on how to successfully design a state-of-the-art venue, yet fit it effortlessly within the surrounding campus," said Greg Otis, AIA, director of the higher education market team. "With the help of the owner, Expert Masonry and Wilson Products, the team was able to utilize the materials needed to make the fit a reality." The jury noted that it was the extensive use of brick with limestone both in the interior and exterior of the project that impressed them.  They also highlighted the care with which historic elements such as pilasters, opening surrounds and cornices were integrated into the design of the elevations. They were also impressed with how the parking structure's facades were designed.

"We appreciate being recognized by the OCMA, and thank everyone that was involved in the project," added Otis. We're very proud of it and hope Miami U, its students and athletes are too."

Photo courtesy of Josh Naragon, OCMA