Last night we celebrated the 6th Annual BSA Design Awards Gala at the BSA Space. The evening brings together hundreds of the industry’s professionals to celebrate the 2016 design award winners.
Payette was fortunate to celebrate three projects winning awards in three different categories. The George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health was recognized in both the Honors Awards Program with an award and earned a citation in Sustainable Design program. The National University of Ireland, Galway, Biosciences Research Building was also recognized in the Sustainable Design Program with a citation and at the same university, our Hardiman Research Building received an award in the Education Facilities Design program.
Located on iconic Washington Circle Park in the heart of the nation’s capital, GW’s School of Public Health is a rigorous, innovative response to site and program. With its most sustainable solutions so deeply embedded as to be nearly indistinguishable, it keenly demonstrates the symbiotic relationship between sustainability and public health. The building’s unusual skylit atrium, in which classrooms and study areas overlook the city through an open latticework of floor openings, invites exploration and discovery. The building supports a highly effective learning and interaction environment that is equally memorable for its intimacy and transparency.
The BRB provides high technology science research space dedicated to cancer research, medical device technology, biomaterials science, glycoscience, regenerative medicine, chemical biology and BSL3 animal research, and is one of the most energy efficient research buildings in the world dedicated to such an intense scientific agenda.
The design of the Biosciences Research Building (BRB) embraces the moderate climate of Ireland. By locating low-load spaces along the perimeter of the building, the project takes advantage of natural ventilation as the sole conditioning strategy and is supplemented with radiant heating 9% of the year. This means 45% of this intensive research building is able to function without mechanical ventilation. This is an extremely simple, yet radical approach, rarely implemented to even a modest extent in similar laboratories in comparable U.S. climates.
Located at the heart of the NUIG Campus, the new Hardiman Research Building houses next-generation graduate, post-graduate, and faculty library space dedicated to academic research. NUIG’s vision for the building aspired to facilitate knowledge generation and to foster collaboration in a flexible space dedicated for research. The heart of the building features two “stackless” reading rooms, designed and furnished to enable individual and collaborative scholarship.
The new library faces the historic entrance to the University, along the main park space on campus, and is connected to the existing campus library, the James Hardimann Library, by a new shared lobby, which acts as the new front door for the entire library complex. Situated at this critical location, the new library responds to multiple pedestrian approaches and establishes a new face for the University.