"In the reading room, we removed the old ceiling and exposed some old wooden decking. We added some suspended raised panels over the windows and it channels the light into the reading room."
The $4.2 million project was complete in the summer of 2010.
Also Saturday, judges presented three merit awards:
The $50 million, 48,800-square-foot facility serves as the multistate operations center for the electricity transmission grid of FirstEnergy (formerly Allegheny Energy).
Omni had a dual challenge: Create a bold design with visual impact to motorists driving along Interstate 79; and provide energy efficiency for the utilitarian side of the building at a time of rising energy costs.
The facility earned LEED certification from the Green Building Certification Institute.
Tucker's challenge was to completely renovate the former Dickinson Furniture store, which closed in 2008, and create a 29,000-square-foot office/retail center.
The first step was to remove the 1960s "urban renewal" addition of exterior plaster panels that covered up all second- and third-story windows and an arch over the main entry. He restored and repaired the original 1920s-vintage stucco and masonry façade.
Interior renovations followed: A first-floor store space and new lobby for the upper floors, which includes an old staircase from the furniture store; and upstairs offices for law firm Jenkins Fenstermaker.
The owners, Capital Venture Corp., earned federal historic tax credits to help pay for the project.
The $12.7 million building, funded through the state School Building Authority, is targeted to be the SBA's first LEED-certified "green" school.
Like other award-winning buildings it incorporates day-lighting through its north-south classroom orientation, oversize windows with sunscreens, high ceilings and light sensors.
Other innovative features include waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets, a kitchen composting system and a green cleaning program.
Opened last fall, the school also focuses on the environment through its curriculum. Students in early grades learn about recycling, composting, gardening, wildlife and healthy atmospheres.
Three architects from the Louisiana AIA chapter judged 17 entries in the design awards this year. Unlike past years, there were no craftsmanship entries.
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