2014 AIA / SWO Design Awards

Rowell Brokaw Architects receives Seven Design Awards including Two Top Honor Awards at the 2014 AIA Southwestern Oregon Design Awards

Rowell Brokaw Architects, PC is honored to be the recipient of seven 2014 AIA Southwestern Oregon (SWO) Design Awards. This Design Award Program is the profession’s highest recognition for work that exemplifies excellence in architecture, interior architecture, and urban design. The AIA/SWO Design Awards Program occurs every five years and was established to celebrate achievements in design excellence by member firms, and honor the architects, consultants, and clients who work together to enhance the built environment.

On May 22 more than 100 people turned out to honor designs by architecture firms at the Design Awards gala held at the Hult Center of the Performing Arts. 11 projects were singled out for recognitions from a field of 27 entries.

Judging this year’s entries were David Tryba, FAIA from Tryba Architects, Denver, CO; Laura Hafermann, AIA, LEED AP from Salt Studio, Seattle; Dennis McFadden, FAIA, Los Angeles, CA; and Carol Coletta, VP, Community and National Initiatives at Knight Foundation, Miami, FL. Juror, Carol Coletta also gave a public lecture entitled “Making Great Cities: Talent + Opportunity + Place” prior to the gala as part of the 2014 Design Excellence Speaker's Series. Over 150 people attended this free, public presentation at the Hult Center’s Soreng Theater.

Overall, the jurors were impressed by the quality of the work submitted by AIA-SWO firms. Those projects whose presentations allowed the jury to immediately see the essence of the design problem and its solution were most successful. Rowell Brokaw Architects, PC entered seven submissions. Each submission received an award.


2014 AIA / SWO HONOR AWARD

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Hult Center Lobby Lighting

Architecture Firm: Rowell Brokaw Architects, PC in association with Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design

Project Team: John Rowell, Kaarin Knudson, Greg Brokaw, Teal Brogden, Tina Aghassian with Catena Consulting Engineers and Glumac Engineers

Owner/Client: City of Eugene

Contractor: Bineham Construction and Lynn’s Electric

Photographer: Nick Lehoux Photography

Juror Comments:

  • Completely changes your sense of materiality and volume of the space

  • Unanimous in how small changes can make big differences

  • Technical challenge of lighting, but also the craft, transforming the space


2014 AIA / SWO HONOR AWARD

Lane Community College Art School and RTEC Program

Architecture Firm: Rowell Brokaw Architects, PC in association with Opsis Architecture

Project Team: Greg Brokaw, Mark Young, Dan Pyle, John Rowell, Chris Andrejko, Tracy Bacon, Jim Kalvelage, Paul Kinley with Cameron McCarthy, MR Richards Engineering, and Balzhiser & Hubbard Engineers

Owner/Client: Lane Community College

Contractor: John Hyland Construction

Photographer: Christian Columbres Photography

Juror Comments:

  • Of all the projects we reviewed today, this project represented the influence of good design in transforming a space


2014 AIA / SWO MERIT AWARD

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STEM Remodel and Addition at Churchill High School

Architecture Firm: Rowell Brokaw Architects, PC

Project Team: Mark Young, Patrick Hannah, Greg Brokaw, John Rowell, Lorri Nelson, Kaarin Knudson with Branch Engineering, Moulds Mechanical Engineering, and Systems West Engineers

Owner/Client: Eugene School District 4J

Contractor: Baldwin General Contracting

Photographer: Christian Columbres Photography, Harvest Moon Photography

Juror Comments:

  • Played up its simplicity; what it does is very powerful, very sensitively done

  • Spaces have a civic scale to them

  • It's cool because it brings in light, it's lively, and you can see what's happening inside the building

  • How could anyone walk into class in this building and not be excited about what they're doing?


2014 AIA / SWO MERIT AWARD

Edwards Community Center

Architecture Firm: Rowell Brokaw Architects, PC

Project Team: John Rowell, Emily Hogan, Elaine Lawson, Peter King, Kaarin Knudson, Lorri Nelson, Greg Brokaw, with Ang Engineering, Aliant, and EC Electric

Owner/Client: Edwards Center, Inc.

Contractor: Skanska USA Building, Inc.

Photographer: Christian Columbres Photography

Juror Comments:

  • Wonderful simplicity

  • Admirable use of light and material

  • Details carried through the promise of the plan

  • Unanimous across the jury of the triumph over all the things that normally bring a project like this down


2014 AIA / SWO CITATION AWARD

First on Broadway Adaptive Re-Use

Architecture Firm: Rowell Brokaw Architects, PC

Design Project Team: Greg Brokaw, Peter King, John Rowell, Austin Bailey with Schirmer Satre Group, SSW Engineers, Innovative Air, JB Electric

Owner/Client: Master Capital Management

Contractor: McIntyre Construction

Photographer: Christian Columbres Photography, Harvest Moon Photography


2014 AIA / SWO CITATION AWARD

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University of Oregon Zebrafish Core Facility

Architecture Firm: Rowell Brokaw Architects, PC

Design Project Team: John Rowell, Austin Bailey, Greg Brokaw, Peter King, Ken Hutchinson, Emily Hogan with Cameron McCarthy, Catena Consulting Engineers, and Balzhiser & Hubbard Engineers

Owner/Client: University of Oregon

Contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis

Photographer: Christian Columbres Photography

Juror Comments:

  • Honoring this pristine little pavilion that sits in the landscape, in the garden

  • Tight solution to a very specific problem

  • Took some risks, very well detailed


2014 AIA / SWO CITATION AWARD

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EWEB Riverfront Master Plan

Architecture Firm: Rowell Brokaw Architects, PC

Design Project Team: John Rowell, Kaarin Knudson, Greg Brokaw with PWL Partnership, WRT/Solomon ETC, Cogito, Leland Consulting, and Interfluve

Owner/Client: Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB)

Contractor: NA

Juror Comments: We wanted to honor the promise of this project, and the process it went through.