We are honored to announce that two of our projects have been awarded 2016 Merit Awards by AIA New England. Awards for the Martire Business & Communications Center, at Sacred Heart University, and the Virtue Field House, at Middlebury College, were officially presented to the project teams at the AIA New England 2016 Design Awards Ceremony on September 30.
The Martire Business & Communications Center, which was completed last August, combines forward-thinking learning spaces with state-of-the-art production suites to revolutionize the university’s approach to business and communications education.
“Through place and space, this project reflects the ethos of an institution on the move,” says Vinicius Gorgati, AIA, LEED AP, principal architect on the Center. “The award by the Institute, for us, validates once again what we have always believed: that a strong partnership with forward-looking clients yields results that will make a positive mark on the future.”
Likewise, the Virtue Field House, a 120,000 SF facility, has
had a significant impact on Middlebury’s athletics. The multi-purpose space
serves as a competition space for track, and an indoor practice space for other
teams and community groups. The project was also awarded a 2016 Athletic
Business Facility of Merit Award last month.
“This project was a game changer for our Sports Practice,” says Bill Massey, AIA, LEED AP, principal architect for the project. “From its inception we sought to reinvent what is traditionally an introverted, highly practical venue into one that elevates beyond program to become a highly transparent and connected campus amenity. The result is a visible celebration of the many activities that happen within. The Middlebury team we worked with throughout the design process was instrumental in pushing this vision to its greatest potential and assuring the field house was accessible to every student—athlete and non-athlete alike.”