IIDA Southwest Chapter's 2006 Pride Awards
A PURPLE REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS. A GREEN CITY HALL.
A nightclub with red-draped walls. If there was a theme linking this year's winners of the IIDA Southwest Chapter Pride Awards design competition, it might have been the innovative use of colors, ranging from subtle blush tones to energizing splashes of acid hues.
Sixteen projects in metro Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada were honored with Awards of Merit and Design Excellence and Presidents Choice awards. One project was also lauded with a Best of Show award. The President's Choice awards were juried by the chapter's Current and past presidents, while jurors for the other awards included members of the Phoenix design community.
The awards were presented during a recent ceremony at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix.
Winning Best of Show, as well as a Design Excellence Award of Institutional/Educational, was the Melnel Optical Sciences Building West Wing addition at the University of Arizona in Tucson, designed by Richard + Bauer of Phoenix. Completed this year, the high-tech, 47,OOOSF optics facility includes an entry-level plaza, teaching and research labs, a lobby that can accommodate exhibits, a reading room, faculty offices and conference space.
Other winners in the Institutional/Educational category were Gould Evans of Phoenix which won a design excellence award for the airy-glass-walled Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus Student Union in Mesa; and The Orcutt Winslow Partnership of Phoenix, which won an Award of Merit for the Brophy College Great Hall, also in Phoenix, a cafeteria and multipurpose space that echoes the school's 1920s Spanish-Moroccan architecture.
In the catcgory Of Commercial Office Over 10,000 SF, Krause Interios of Phoenix won a Design Excellence Award for the sleek blush, ivory and beige-toned corporate headquarters of Philosophy in Tempe, Arizona, a cosmetics firm noted for its literary approach to packaging while SE Design, inc. of Phoenix received a President's Choice Award for a minimalist, travertine-clad Phoenix office space. The Award of Merit went to Phoenix Design One of Tempe for the regional headquarters of Monster.com, also in Tempe, with an interior marked by bright purple walls, red ceiling details and acid green furnishings.
DFD of Phoenix won a President's Choice Award in the category of Commercial Office Under 10,000 SF for its work on Camelback Title Agency in Phoenix, which features maple ceiling details and curved walls. Phoenix based Dick & Fritsche Design Group received a Presidents Choice Award in the category of Commercial Single Space for the aerodynamically inspired lobby of Boeing's metro Phoenix locale. Richard + Bauer picked up two awards - President's Choice and Design Excellence - in the category of Commercial "On the Boards" for the soon to be built Arabian Library in Scottsdale, AZ.