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architecture+ projects honored

February 20, 2015

architecture+ is pleased to announce that we received two design awards from the Eastern New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

The rehabilitation of Fitzelle Hall, the largest academic building on the SUNY Oneonta Campus, received the Institutional Honor Award. We provided full planning, design, and construction administration services for this $26 million, 105,000 square foot rehabilitation through a contract with the State University Construction Fund.

According to Brian Barker, Principal of architecture+, “This was an exciting and rewarding project for our firm. We had the opportunity to work with so many dedicated faculty and staff at the College. Their input, along with the commitment of the staff at the Construction Fund to the success of this project, allowed us to design a building that has made the College proud.”

The Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin received the Institutional Merit Award. This new 25-bed, $23 million facility draws on the findings of cutting-edge research on the ability of design to promote healing and reduce aggression in psychiatric facilities.

architecture+ principal Francis Murdock Pitts led the design team with the Vermont firm, Black River Design, as Associated Architects. We worked with the State of Vermont’s Department Buildings and General Services and the Department of Mental Health to design this building after Tropical Storm Irene damaged the existing hospital in 2011, which was already slated for replacement. The project was constructed on a fast-track schedule by Engelberth Construction and was occupied in July of 2014.

According to Pitts, who worked on the project along with architecture+ principal Sara Wengert, “It is particularly gratifying that this project was honored with an award. Designing a facility for patients who require a secure environment involves striking a balance between the competing needs of environments that are safe and therapeutic. With the support and commitment of our clients to care for Vermont’s most acutely mentally ill citizens, we were able to design a facility as innovative as their vision.”

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