Feature Article - May 2009
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Seventh Annual Innovative Architecture & Design Awards

Beyond the Ordinary


Judges scored each facility in seven different categories, as well as providing their thoughts and comments to further illustrate their overall impression of each entry. The criteria scored by the judges include:

RECREATIONAL VALUE: Serving patrons' needs, impact on community, fulfilling project's goals

INDOOR APPEARANCE: Creating visual excitement and comfort, good use of textures and colors, interesting focal points and features

OUTDOOR APPEARANCE: Curb appeal, site improvements, "fit" into natural landscape

ORIGINALITY OF PLAN AND DESIGN: Proportion and scale, clever use of space, smart layout, interesting features

CRAFTSMANSHIP: Attention to detail, harmony of materials, quality of construction

FUNCTIONAL AND OPERATIONAL ELEMENTS: Good use of space, easy to manage and maintain, safe and efficient for staff and patrons, efficient uses of energy and natural resources

INNOVATIVE DESIGN: Overall impression of how the project fits the award, based on the facility's originality, creativity and uniqueness

In addition to our 10 winners, for the third year we've selected one outstanding project for the Editor's Choice Award. This year's winner is an Air Force fitness facility located in the Alaskan interior, where long, cold, dark winters make the facility's commitment to energy conservation particularly impressive. Turn to page 32 to learn more about how personnel can now take advantage of expanded space for activities and fitness.

As always, we were impressed with the creativity of all the designers, owners, builders and consultants on the projects submitted for our consideration. We invite you to submit your own innovative design for consideration in 2010, when we'll once again showcase the latest and greatest innovations in recreation, sports and fitness facilities.


P I C T U R E  T H I S

To help our entrants provide a complete picture for our panel of judges,
we asked them to contribute a narrative describing their innovative projects.

Here are the questions we asked to help guide their description
as they illustrated the best features of their facilities:


WHAT IS THE FACILITY'S RECREATIONAL VALUE?
How is this facility serving its community's needs?

WHAT IS THE PROJECT VALUE?
(value versus cost, in terms of "bang for the buck") Any creative financing or grants?

WHAT'S INNOVATIVE ABOUT THE PROJECT?
In what ways is it unique and creative in its design?

HOW IS ITS AESTHETIC PRESENTATION?
Does it create visual excitement and comfort, inside and out?

WHAT IS THE DESIGN CONCEPT FOR THIS PROJECT?
How well does it meet functional and operational expectations?

ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS TO BRING TO THE JUDGES' ATTENTION?



PROFILES COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY: STACY ST. CLAIR AND EMILY TIPPING