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    Baton Rouge Rose Awards 2003

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    If the church represents "less is more," that concept is unlikely to be found in the Brian Harris Porsche/ Audi Automotive Dealership designed by Cress and Lopresto Architects. Here, sleek metallic curves and glass window walls of the building echo the flair of the cars on display. The project provides the backdrop to two distinct automobile brands in one architectural statement. "While location can get customers to [a client's] site," explain the architects, "an attractive structure can do much to get them in." The curving lines of the exterior continue throughout the interior.

    Two schools also received Rose Awards. One is Louisiana State University's Academic Center for Student Athletes, also by Trahan Architects. The other is a health and physical education addition to Catholic High School, by Bani, Carville, & Brown, Inc. The project added gym and classroom facilities while improving campus circulation with a new entrance and plaza. A series of arches visually unify the new gateway and much-used landscaped courtyard.

    In Baton Rouge's sports arena, the Office Depot Center, Ford/Dickinson, AAC and Musso-Troyer Architects designed the Johnny Walker Lounge to provide a gathering space for season ticket holders. They transformed an under-used public lobby into a slick club environment, providing refreshments and entertainment to fans before, during, and after arena events. The lounge is finished in cherry millwork, copper fabric, and stainless steel panels.

    Corporate headquarters for Performance Contractors Inc. was designed by Chenevert Songi Rodi Soderberg, Inc. The 50,000 square-foot (4,600-square meter), three-story, steel-frame building has a cast-stone and curtain-wall envelope, intended to reflect the dynamics of the building industry. The modern architectural style is emphasized through the buildings shape, scale, materials, shadow lines, and solar screens.

    Holly and Smith Architects received a Rose Award for the Channell Drugstore, an unusual drive-thru pharmacy. The design intent for the 3000-square-foot (280-square meter) building was to create an innovative building form that would stand out from its surrounding strip mall landscape while improving the pharmacy's visibility on a busy commercial street. High south-facing windows bring in natural light without sacrificing important shelving space inside. The roof overhang, with its angled brackets, gives both solar protection and design distinction.

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    The Brian Harris Porsche/ Audi Automotive Dealership, designed by Cress and Lopresto Architects, is a recipient of a Rose Award for design excellence.
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    The reading room at Louisiana State University's Academic Center for Student Athletes, by Trahan Architects, demonstrates the use of simple materials in renovating a historic 1927 structure.
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    Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by Bani, Carville, & Brown, Inc.
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    The Johnny Walker Lounge in the Office Depot Center sports arena, designed by Ford/Dickinson, AAC and Musso-Troyer Architects.
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    Corporate headquarters for Performance Contractors Inc. by Chenevert Songi Rodi Soderberg, Inc.
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    Rose Award-winning Channell Drugstore by Holly and Smith Architects.
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