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24 September 2013

University of Southern Indiana Business and Engineering Center and JW Marriott Hotel Honored by AIA Indiana

The American Institute of Architects, Indiana Chapter, honored two HOK projects in their 2013 Design Awards.

The University of Southern Indiana Business and Engineering Center earned an Honor Award.

“Sensitive to the campus scale and context; a very compelling building section bringing natural light deep within the facility; the plan reinforced the campus walk patterns; an exciting and formally innovative addition to the campus quadrangle; among the architects’ many successes are appropriate massing and adept use of materials; ample day lighting paired with generous circulation/gathering spaces create social spaces for the exchange of ideas across two historically separate campus cultures – business and engineering.”

Hafer Associates was architect of record.

The JW Marriott Indianapolis Downtown Hotel received a Citation Award.

Jury comments:

“A simple concept – a dramatic tower rising above the city-scaled plinth; the curve of the tower was just enough to create a bold presence on the skyline while the articulation of the curtain wall seemed to moderate the scale of the structure; the combination of the opaque podium mass and the glass tower create a building that simultaneously belongs to the earth and the sky; an articulated façade employs subtle, repetitive fins that change with the passing sun; this is a large and complicated program which is well executed both in plan and in massing.”

CSO Architects served as architect of record for the podium.

AIA Indiana