AIA Minnesota honors top design projects

A ballpark, a brewery and a concert hall expansion are among the local projects honored by AIA Minnesota for architectural excellence in 2015.
AIA Minnesota’s 2015 “Honor Awards,” announced at the organization’s annual convention in Minneapolis last week, recognize “clients and architects who have distinguished themselves,” AIA Minnesota said.
Notable winners this year include the $63 million CHS Field in St. Paul, the $17 million Surly Brewing MSP project in Minneapolis, and the $42 million Ordway Concert Hall and Production Wing expansion in St. Paul.
Jurors reviewed 78 submissions — all from Minnesota architectural companies — and narrowed that down to 11 award winners in five categories.
Though the winning projects range greatly in size and scope, from the new St. Paul Saints Ballpark to private residences, they have some things in common, including a tendency to keep things simple.
The jurors noticed themes such as a “reduced palette of materials” and “an overall sense of simplicity,” according to AIA Minnesota.
A three-member jury praised CHS Field for its “elegant design.” The design architect was Snow Kreilich Architects of Minneapolis, and Minneapolis-based Ryan A+E was the architect of record.
The Surly project, designed by Minneapolis-based HGA Architects and Engineers for the Surly Brewing Co., got high marks for an attention-grabbing exterior space.
The Ordway Concert Hall expansion, also designed by HGA, stood out for its “sense of simplicity.”
The award winners had a lot of competition. The 78 submissions received in 2015 a~re the most since before the recession, said AIA Minnesota communications director Mary Larkin.
Larkin said the number of honorees varies from year to year. In 2014, for example, AIA Minnesota received 73 submissions and granted awards to eight projects.
“It really comes down to how many of them need to be recognized” in the view of the jurors, Larkin said.
The jurors were Paul Mankins, principal at Substance Architecture in Des Moines, Iowa; Marianne McKenna, founding partner of KPMB Architects in Toronto; and Edward Vance, founder and CEO of EV&A Architects in Las Vegas.
The awards will be presented Dec. 4 at the 2015 Awards Dinner at the Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul.

/* Xcel Energy Hiawatha West and Midtown substation enclosures in Minneapolis. Alliance. (Submitted photo: AIA) AIA Minnesota honors top design projectsNorth Hennepin Community College Biosciences & Health Careers Center in Brooklyn Park. Perkins+Will (Submitted photo: AIA) AIA Minnesota honors top design projectsThe Whitetail Woods Regional Park Cabins in Empire Township. HGA Architects and Engineers. (Submitted photo: AIA) AIA Minnesota honors top design projectsThe Bedford Hall addition and renovation at Longwood University in Farmville. HGA Architects and Engineers (Submitted photo: AIA) AIA Minnesota honors top design projectsA “Family Retreat” in Herbster, Wisconsin. Salmena Architect, (Submitted photo: AIA) AIA Minnesota honors top design projectsFast Horse in Minneapolis. Salmena Architect (Submitted photo: AIA) AIA Minnesota honors top design projectsNordic Light in St. Paul. D/O. (Submitted photo: AIA) AIA Minnesota honors top design projectsCHS Field in St. Paul. Snow Kreilich Architects (Submitted photo: AIA) Local Honor Award projects include: North Hennepin Community College Biosciences & Health Careers Center in Brooklyn Park, designed by Perkins + Will. North Hennepin Community College and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities are the clients. A new headquarters for the Fast Horse marketing agency at 240 Ninth Ave. N. in Minneapolis. The building was designed by Salmela Architect of Duluth for Fast Horse Inc. The “Mississippi View” apartment project in Minneapolis. Designed by Kara Hill Studio, the project combined two residential units into one. The client is undisclosed. The “Nordic Light” project, a private home in St. Paul. The project was designed for an undisclosed client by D/O, a Minneapolis-based design studio. The Whitetail Woods Regional Park Cabins in Empire Township. Dakota County is the client. HGA’s design “touched the forest gently” and respects the environment, the jurors said. Xcel Energy Hiawatha West and Midtown substation enclosures in Minneapolis. The project was designed by Minneapolis-based Alliiance for Xcel Energy. Nonlocal projects: The Bedford Hall addition and renovation at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. HGA is the architect of record and Longwood University is the client. A “Family Retreat” in Herbster, Wisconsin. Salmela Architect created the design for an undisclosed client. RELATED CONTENT: AIA Minnesota announces 25-year award winner Like this article? Gain access to all of our great content with a month-to-month subscription. SPECIAL: Start your subscription with our low intro rate of just $9.99.  Share this:PrintFacebook32LinkedInTwitterGoogle +1


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