2020 AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Design Awards

The 2020 AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Design Awards were recently announced and Metropolitan Acoustics was proudly part of three amazing winning teams.   Here are our winning projects as detailed in the announcement:

University of Pennsylvania – Richards Medical Research Library
Award Level: Honor Award
Category: Preservation Architecture
Local Chapter: Philadelphia
Project Team: Structural Engineer-Keast & Hood; MEP Engineering-Urban Engineers; Envelope Consultants- Heintges & Associates; MEP Engineer-Bruce E. Brooks & Associates; Structural Engineer-CVM; Envelope Consultant-RWDI; Sustainability Consultant-Re:Vision; AV/IT/Security Consultant-Shen Milsom & Wilke; Acoustics Consultant-Metropolitan Acoustics; Conservation Consultant-Building Conservation Associates; Construction Manager-TN Ward, Co.; Construction Manager-Intech

The University of Pennsylvania’s Richards Medical Research Laboratory is an important building by Louis Kahn, one of the greatest 20th century architects. The design of Richards, while groundbreaking, never fully served the original laboratory program to its best advantage, with scientists complaining of a lack of privacy, and inflexible spatial organization, and glare from the oversized windows. The ambitious restoration and renovation project for the buildings included replacement of the exterior glazing and mechanical/electrical systems, and established design and preservation standards for interior renovations. Key to the success of this new program was the removal of wet labs from the buildings and replacement with other medical research labs that require less plumbing and fewer air changes. The renovations have significantly reduced energy usage in the buildings.

St. Joseph’s University, Arrupe Hall
Award Level: Merit Award
Project Location: Merion Station, PA
Category: Un-Built
Project Team: Architect-Moto Designshop; Civil Engineer-Stantec; Cost Estimator-International Consultants, Inc.; MEP Engineer-Bruce E. Books and Associates; Lighting Consultant-Beam; Structural Engineer-Keast and Hood; Acoustical Engineer-Metropolitan Acoustics; Geotechnical Engineer-GeoStructures In

Arrupe Hall at Saint Joseph’s University will establish a residence for the Jesuit priests who work at the University and the Jesuit high school in Philadelphia. The project is focused on providing them not only a home, but a space that supports this religious community and their devout life’s work.

Shaped around a vertical courtyard to delineate the programmatic spaces, the primary design focus is on the residential chapel. Inspired by the Gregorian calendar, the chapel form takes on a curvilinear shape. The brick pattern further expands the initial geometries and mathematic roots of the form, morphing along its path to create a veil. The use of timeless materials grounds the building within the traditional campus fabric, while the artistic detailing suggests the progressive values within.

The above two projects also received accolades at the 2019 Philadelphia AIA Awards.  

Chandler Ullmann Hall – Lehigh University
Award Level: Merit Awards
Project Location: Bethlehem, PA
Category: Preservation Architecture
Project Team: Engineer-Structural-CVM Engineers; Engineer-Electrical, Mechanical-HF Lenz Company; Lighting Designer-The Lighting Practice; Landscape Architect-Ground Reconsidered; Acoustician-Metropolitan Acoustics; Engineering-Civil-Langan Engineering

At the historic center of Lehigh University’s campus, Chandler Ullmann Hall stands out with iconic red brick chimneys that identify it as one of the first collegiate chemistry buildings in the country, unique for its innovations in ventilation and safety. The entire building is renovated and restored for new use as the home of the Departments of Psychology and Math.

Reviving the durable but rather inflexible masonry building presented several essential challenges. Originally built with little infrastructure, Chandler Ullmann Hall had endured a century of accretive layers of ductwork, wiring, devices, and lighting. New infrastructure pathways are carefully introduced into the renovation so that the character of existing masonry walls and original ceilings is not compromised. Key spatial features of the original building were honored by improving circulation patterns, re-establishing relationships to the grand windows, and planning large activity spaces such as classrooms in key locations.

The competition had 140 projects submitted to this year’s design awards program in the categories of Architecture, Preservation Architecture, Interior Architecture, Regional and Urban Design, Unbuilt, Impact Design, and Single Family Residential Design.   Here is a link to the full article and all winning entries.  

Congratulations to all winners!

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