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NEW HAVEN — The Connecticut branch of the American Institute of Architects has issued its 2012 Business Architects Awards, an annual honor given to firms for using architecture as a means to improve the business performance of their clients.
Awards are given in two cheap to architects designing for businesses with less than 50 employees, and businesses with 50 or more employees.
Architects seeking consideration for the awards must be licensed and practicing in Connecticut and design projects must have been completed within five years, and applicants must describe the client’s issues and how design has resolved them.
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Under Fifty Employees
Beinfield Architecture PC, Norwalk, CT
Volo Aviation, Stratford CT
In the under-50-employee category, Norwalk’s Beinfield Architecture was honored for its work on the 40,000 square-foot Volo Aviation building in Stratford. The company wanted a design that reinforced its brand identity: “The Vector For Visionaries.” The jury credited the architect for utilizing materials such as polycarbonate cladding to create an “elegant” aesthetic out of what would otherwise be a functional, ordinary building, which was built to house privately-owned commuter jets. Also of note was the blending of the building’s pre-fabricated metal envelope to the office component in a way that created a uniform visual experience.
Photo: Beinfield Architecture PC,
Over Fifty Employees
The SLAM Collaborative, Glastonbury, CT
Pfizer, Groton, CT
The SLAM Collaborative of Glastonbury was awarded in the over-50-employee category for its renovation of Pfizer’s Groton location. SLAM reduced the footprint of the 200,000 facility by 30 percent to save operating costs, and also utilized bright, soft colors and ceiling windows for more natural light to enhance the feel of the space.
The jury noted that the project “epitomizes the goals of the award program.”
Roger Ferris + Partners, Architects, of Westport, were considered but not awarded this year for the Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters in Stamford. The company wanted long, narrow floors to allow sunlight, and common spaces to foster interaction, and for a view of the trading floor from the outside.
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Editor’s Choice: local selection for publication
Svigals + Partners, New Haven
Higher One, New Haven
Local Selection: Editor’s Choice for Publication
New Haven firm Svigals + Partners designed the new offices of education banker Higher One in New Haven.
Clinet comments: “This historical undertaking had significance to both Higher One and the local community. From the beginning, our architect intuitively understood the need, and our desire, to preserve the tradition of thebuilding itself. Attention to detail was not spared, including restoring the exteriors to their original condition and maintaining the integrity of the original entry way with copper-covered wood moldings as well as original wood left intact.
Additonal entrants incuded, Claris Construction in Newtown for BMW, Ridgefield; Granoff Architects in Greenwich for Louis Drefus Highbridge Energy in Stamford; and Centerbrook Architects of Centerbrook, for work on its corporate offices.
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