South Highland bridge, 16 others win design awards
October 28, 2014 12:00 AM
Enhancements to the South Highland Avenue Bridge recently won an honor award from the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
By Marylynne Pitz / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Architectural enhancements to the South Highland Avenue Bridge and a new auditorium addition at Highland Middle School in the Blackhawk School District were among 17 design projects that received awards from the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
The winning designs were selected from 68 entries and announced Thursday at the AIA’s gala. An Award of Excellence was given to Pfaffmann + Associates for work on the South Highland Avenue bridge, linking Shadyside and East Liberty, which reopened in October 2013 after a $2.9 million renovation that took nearly eight months. Jurors praised the use of lighting and fencing that celebrates the bridge's design and interpretive panels that recount the area's history.
The three-member jury of architects was led by Roger Duffy, a principal at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York who grew up in Oakmont. Other jurors were Regina Myer, president of Brooklyn Bridge Park and Adam Yarinsky of the FAIA Architecture Research Office.
Honor awards were given to Renaissance 3 Architects and Wilson Architects for the new Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh campus in Oakland and to Stantec for its design of Leunter Commons at Ohio’s Case Western Reserve. University.
In the Young Architects Studio Competition, winners were Robert Tunon and Keith Labutta for their Clean Water Workshop, which shows how recreation can be used to clean wastewater that flows onto the Tenth Street Bypass and into the Allegheny River.
Rothschild Doyno Collaborative won an award of excellence for "butterfly balconies" it designed for a residence hall at Chatham University and certificates of merit for a Gateway Rehabilitation Youth Center and The Braddock Overlook, 24 new town homes and apartments built on the site of the former Braddock Hospital.
Lami Grubb Architects won a certificate of merit for renovations to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carnegie. The firm was praised because the design created a new presence for the church and established one place for prayer, education and socializing. The church was damaged by flooding.
VEBH Architects of Mt. Lebanon received the People’s Choice Award for its expansion of Highland Middle School in the Blackhawk School District, which stretches over Beaver and Lawrence counties. An addition with new classrooms and a gym integrates sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students into the building.
Ingham and Boyd received the Timeless Award for its work on the Pittsburgh Board of Public Education building on Bellefield Avenue in Oakland.
Desmone & Associates Architects received a certificate of merit for its renovation of the entire ground floor of The Andy Warhol Museum on the North Side.
Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture and Architecture Archives received an award of excellence for its digital architectural guidebook and mobile application. Now in beta testing, the digital guidebook app will allow the public to better appreciate Pittsburgh's architecture.
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