Business Architecture 2016 Awards
The Business Architecture Awards 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.
Don Crowe, AIA, The S/L/A/M Collaborative, Glastonbury, CT
Lucy Diaz, Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology, New Haven, CT
Karen Lika, CPG Architects, Stamford, CT
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Under 50 Employees
The Burgess Group, West Hartford, CT
Amenta Emma Architects, Hartford, CT
Jury comments: The jury felt that the design enhanced the firm’s culture of collaboration in its effective, compact use of space, while the good flow of the space also supports collaboration; the thoughtfulness and attention to detail creates an inviting, well organized space that supports the firm goal of making the office a magnet for recruiting the best and brightest employees. The firm felt that the architect’s critical design objectives reflected its business strategy and the core values of its culture. The jury noted the nice combination of materials and furnishings, which creates a comfortable yet functional feeling.
Over 50 Employees
North American Power Headquarters, Norwalk, CT
Beinfield Architects, Norwalk, CT
Jury comments: The jury noted that the strong, cohesive design brought the values of the company to life and fostered both collaboration and energy in the work place. The use of materials seemed authentic and reflected the company ethos. The project’s sustainable design supports the company vision of moving toward sustainable energy resources. The project fulfilled the company desire that the space evoke the company’s sincerity in preserving and protecting the environment and speak of green energy.
Prospector Theater, Ridgefield, CT
Doyle Coffin Architects, Ridgefield, CT
Jury comments: This is a sophisticated solution to a unique set of requirements. There is attention to detail in this whimsical, well done project, in which history is tied to the future, but with the project mission of providing meaningful employment for those with disabilities in the present. The design addresses the vision of community, job opportunities, but not in an overt way.
Wadsworth Atheneum Gallery Restoration, Hartford, CT
Smith Edward McCoy Architects, Hartford, CT
Jury comments: The jury was pleased to note the museum renovation contribution to enhanced economic growth in the City of Hartford through the international recognition of the project. The project’s key benefit is increased admissions, using its new logo to brand and market the museum in an informal, delightful way. A significant benefit to the renovation is its increased gallery space. This was a very exciting restoration that reached the goal of opening up an existing space to create a new space.