Winner of 2 AIA Kentucky Citations

CINCINNATI - GBBN Architects was recently honored by AIA Kentucky with citations for its residence hall projects located on the campus of Berea College and its TJ Samson Community Hospital's 3rd Floor Pediatrics Renovation project.

Berea College Residence Halls

GBBN Architects worked with the leaders of Berea College to ensure that the project reflected the school's mission; a long-standing commitment to engage good stewardship of its natural, human and material resources. They are aggressively moving to transform the College into a sustainable campus that meets its educational and community goals without degrading the ecological, social and economic systems in which the region depends.Two Residence halls and an Annex constructed in 1917, were renovated in two phases to be occupied during each phase. The design concept for this renovation project included providing smaller, flexible learning spaces, multiple residence room layouts and creating living spaces that support guided learning. Following Berea's green college standards, GBBN Architects provided recyclable building products, energy efficient mechanical systems, upgraded all existing insulation values and provided day lighting to interior corridors and gathering spaces.

Jury comments on Berea College, Talcott Kentucky Residence Hall & Annex Renovation:
"The jury is recognizing this project because of the success of the interior response. The interior 'reflects the future', as stated in the architect's description. The connection of the levels through new vertical spaces would seem to enliven the student experience. Through innovative detailing the project interiors are very strong, expressive of the nature of the materials. The unique quality of the artificial and natural lighting creates an inviting, lively space."

TJ Samson Community Hospital's 3rd Floor Pediatrics Renovation

Jury comments on TJ Samson's 3rd Floor Pediatrics Renovation:
"The interiors successfully reflect the intention of the project...an environment that is supportive of young children during an anxious time. The careful, creative use of humble materials which utilize color, scale, and texture is wonderful! The furniture design is a perfect fit for the children." The jury admired the introduction of playful elements within the context of a typical suspended ceiling system. "A very successful solution to a tough problem."

Jurors (Norman Strong, AIA, principal of Miller/Hull Partnership in Seattle; Lee Copeland, FAIA, principal of Mithum Architects + Planners + Designers in Seattle; and Evett J. Ruffcorn, AIA, design partner with Zimmer Gunsel Frasca Partnership in Seattle, reviewed the 36 entries.