Business Architecture 2014 Awards

This statewide award honors architects for solving business problems for Connecticut clients, thereby demonstrating the power of architecture to shape business performance, to improve peoples’ lives and provide a value added service to clients in a business setting that far exceeds the costs of that service. Projects may include non-profit businesses. The award acknowledges architects and their clients whose projects enhance the built environment and achieve business goals.

 

Jurors

Gary Annino, Director, Global Operations-Facility Solutions, Pfizer, New London, CT
Bruce Beinfield, FAIA, Beinfield Architecture, PC, Norwalk, CT
Michael Bingham, Editor, Business New Haven, New Haven, CT

 


Under 50 Employees

 


Honor Award

Nathan Hale Homestead, Coventry, CT Pirie Architecture, New Haven, CT

Photographer: Erik Freeland

Nathan Hale Homestead Addition and Renovation, Coventry, CT
Pirie Associates Architects, New Haven, CT

Jury comments:
The architects’ guidance of the project makes a compelling story: they used what was available to meet the program’s budgetary requirements. From the business perspective, this project was the forerunner in meeting goals. This fairly modest project has had a significant impact on business while reinforcing a historic place.


Honorable Mention

Urban Outfitters, Westport, CT Frederick William Hoag Architect, Westport, CT

Photographer: Frederick William Hoag Architect

Urban Outfitters, Westport, CT
Frederick William Hoag Architect, Westport, CT

Jury comments:
The building is both a dramatic contrast and a good fit with its surroundings. It successfully creates a new retail node in Westport. The new steel and glass structure, with its modern aesthetic, is juxtaposed with the adjoining historic building and helps to animate the street. Innovative and whimsical, the design has supported its business well.

 

 

 


Over 50 Employees

 


Honor Award

Clarity Software Solutions, Inc., Madison, CT Duo Dickinson Architect, Madison, CT

Photographer: Mick Hales

Clarity Software Solutions, Inc., Madison, CT
Duo Dickinson Architect, Madison, CT

Jury comments:
Rooted in the Shingle Style, this project is about fitting into its neighborhood and doesn’t read as a corporate headquarters. Its interiors have a sense of authenticity.


Honorable Mention

Chelsea Piers Connecticut James G Rogers Architects, South Norwalk, CT

Photographer: Virtual Tour Group Inc.

Chelsea Piers, Stamford, CT
James G. Rogers Architects, South Norwalk, CT

Jury comments:
The jury was very impressed with the re-purposing of this building. It is  innovative and demonstrates what can be done with a site, rather than just creating a brown field. This private community resource is a great example of adaptive reuse. 


Honorable Mention

Pepperidge Farm, Inc., Norwalk, CT Perkins Eastman Architects, PC, Stamford, CT

Photographer: Paul Rivera

Pepperidge Farm Headquarters, Norwalk, CT
Perkins Eastman Architects, PC, Stamford, CT

Jury comments:
The jury was struck by the whimsical use of color in the interiors, which makes it a fun place in which to work. The design does a good job of building and celebrating brand awareness throughout the facility. This is a very progressive design for a well- established company.