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Matching articles for Innovative Architecture & Design Awards: 15

Vande Poel - Heeringa Stadium Courts Etheridge Tennis Complex, Hope College

Holland, Michigan

Award Winner - May 2013

The idea to create a new tennis complex—funded by private donors and a grant from the USTA—came about in 2009 when the school was in search of a location for a new outdoor tennis development. As it turns out, the city of Holland had an unused corner of property that was adjacent to the college's existing indoor tennis facility and outdoor athletic fields. As part of the agreement, the city deeded the land to the college, while the college agreed to make the courts available for public and community use.

Choice Health & Fitness Center

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Award Winner - May 2013

The Forks Area Health & Wellness Committee (FAHWC) was created by volunteers and the Park District staff not only to raise funds, but also to identify the community's health and wellness needs. The original mission of the committee--to integrate fitness, medical and behavioral health, nutrition, arts, recreation and research under one roof—has been realized in a thoughtfully designed, 164,000-square-foot facility. The first new building of this type in Grand Forks in many years, the intent was to appeal to a wide variety of people. The diversity of stakeholders was expressed in the interior and exterior architecture, while still tying into the surrounding context.

Oscoda Observation Pier

Oscoda, Michigan

Award Winner - May 2013

The one-of-a-kind Oscoda Pier was designed with the harsh conditions of the Great Lakes and Michigan winters in mind, while also creating a distinguished landmark and destination for visitors and local residents. It was also designed to cater to people of all abilities, going beyond ADA requirements by providing accessible fishing areas and ADA benches.

Columbus State University Student Recreation Center

Columbus, Georgia

Award Winner - May 2013

The new $23.2 million facility boasts a wide range of recreational and fitness offerings, while melding aesthetically with the nearby campus buildings. Brick and cut limestone were specified in colors to match the existing campus palette, and the building features sweeping glass curtainwalls with metal panels to provide views into the fitness center on one side, and the pool on the other.

Honorable Mentions

Web Exclusive - May 2013

We've announced the winners of our awards, but there were plenty of other entries that received high marks from the judges and deserve a little recognition. Here, we take a look at a few of the most innovative projects that didn't quite make it to the winner's circle.