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    Palladio Awards 2006

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    The award for commercial or institutional restoration and renovation went to Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture & Engineering for the Washington State Legislative Building in Olympia. The 300,000-square-foot (28,000-square-meter) building was completed in 1928 and, after years of decline, was at risk of collapsing in 2001 when an earthquake lifted and rotated its dome, leaving its stone columns up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) out of plumb.

    The architects stabilized the 16 exterior columns at the dome's base by drilling 46 feet (14 meters) from the dome's gutter through the center of each column, inserting hollow-reinforcing steel, and pumping in concrete to tie the dome, columns, and base together. The building is now capable of withstanding an 8.2 magnitude earthquake. The architects also modernized the building's life-safety features and HVAC and plumbing systems without compromising its historical integrity.

    The award for commercial or institutional new construction went to Chael, Cooper & Associates for the McKean Gateway and Rinker Building at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida. The client wanted to give the nondescript campus entrance a more formal public face.

    After considering obelisks, trellised pavilions, and a three-story building with a corner tower, they settled on a pair of Spanish-Mediterranean-style triumphal arches and adjacent buildings. The 10,000-square-foot (930-square-meter) Rinker Building features stucco walls, a Spanish tile roof, and Romanesque arched windows.

    The "Sympathetic Additions" award in the commercial or institutional category went to ARCHITEXAS for the new tower of the century-old Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe, Dallas, Texas. The original church design had featured a steeple and spire, but these were never built. When the Dallas Roman Catholic Diocese decided to add these features a few years ago, they opted to follow the 1889 plan of the original architect, Nicholas Clayton.

    The new 225-foot- (70 meter-) tall bell tower had to support 49 bells weighing a total of 49,000 pounds (22,000 kilograms). To support the load, four 54-foot by 24-inch (16-meter by 60-centimeter) cased piers were extended 8 feet (2.4 meters) into the limestone bedrock. Clad in brick and cast stone, the tower now looks as if it has always been part of the historic structure.

    The Palladio award for public spaces was given to the National Monuments Foundation for the Millennium Gate just north of downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The 140-acre (60-hectare) New Urbanist development Atlanta, the Millennium Gate scheme calls for a 72-foot- (22 meter-) tall arch that will contain a 10,000-square-foot (930-square-meter) history and conference center.

    Conceived in the spirit of Roman triumphal arches, the Millennium Gate arch is flanked by two gate pylons already in place adorned with sculptures representing peace and justice by Scottish sculptor Alexander Stoddart.

    Traditional Residential

    The award for "Sympathetic Additions" in the residential category honored Peter Zimmerman Architects for an addition to a small 18th-century stone house in the Okehocking Historical District of Willistown, Pennsylvania.

    The architects designed nearly 10,000 square feet (930 square meters) of additions and rearranged the spaces, creating a new living room, kitchen, dining area, porch, and guest suite. To preserve the historical appearance of the house, inappropriate earlier modifications were removed and local materials applied including stone salvaged from house and barn ruins on neighboring properties. Antique stones salvaged from the front steps were used as door sills and stoops; original blown glass was used for window panes.

    The award for new residential construction went to Historical Concepts for a cottage in Spring Island, South Carolina. To "reinterpret" the Greek temple, the architects adorned the 1,100-square-foot (100-square-meter) cottage with trellised columns on the exterior that mimic traditional fluted columns while supporting native vegetation. The interior features latticed pilasters and an intricately coffered ceiling.

    Hartman-Cox Architects received the multifamily residential award for an addition to and the renovation of the Kennedy-Warren apartment building in Washington, DC. The 1931 apartment building has finally been completed to the original art deco plan of architect Joseph Younger.

    Construction of Younger's design had been interrupted by the Great Depression. The "new" building, completed in October 2004, includes a south wing that mirrors the historic north wing and the renovation of the historic structure, with upgrades to the mechanical and life-safety systems. Hartman-Cox adhered to Younger's original drawings in style, materials, and details including its distinctive aluminum spandrels.

    A special award was given to Urban Design Associates for A Pattern Book for Norfolk Neighborhoods. The book was commissioned by the city of Norfolk, Virginia whose rich architectural history has been compromised in recent years by the mass production of houses.

    This pattern book is a resource for homeowners, communities, and contractors, providing guidelines for restoration, renovation, and new construction consistent with the city's traditional architecture. Its 70 pages include photographs, elevations, and cross sections that guide the design process within six representative styles including colonial revival and Victorian.

    Not shown here but also receiving residential awards are Isthmus Architecture, Inc., for the restoration and renovation of the Hedberg residence in Madison, Wisconsin and David Jones Architects, Washington, DC, for a new house in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

    The Palladio Awards jury included: David Mayernik, David Mayernik Ltd. and the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture; Peter Pennoyer, Peter Pennoyer Architects; Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company and the University of Miami School of Architecture; Richard Sammons, Fairfax & Sammons Architects; and George Skarmeas, Hillier Architecture.

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    One of the 2006 Palladio Awards for new construction honored the McKean Gateway and Rinker Building at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida by Chael, Cooper & Associates.
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    A new tower from a century-old design, for the Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe, Dallas, by ARCHITEXAS.
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    The Palladio Award for public spaces went to the National Monuments Foundation for the Millennium Gate in Atlanta, Georgia.
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    Sympathetic addition to a historic house in Willistown, Pennsylvania by Peter Zimmerman Architects.
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    New design and construction, based on classical principles, for a cottage in Spring Island, South Carolina by Historical Concepts.
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    The residential multifamily award went to Hartman-Cox Architects, Washington, DC, for their addition to and renovation of the historic Kennedy-Warren apartment building in Washington, DC.
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    The Kennedy-Warren apartment wing was built to the art deco design and specifications of the 1930s architect Joseph Younger.
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    A special award went to Urban Design Associates for "A Pattern Book for Norfolk Neighborhoods."
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