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

Beyond the Ordinary



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We'd like to take this opportunity to thank our panel
of judges for sharing their time and expertise.
Their comments, insight and input are invaluable.

David Burch


David Burch is a project manager and landscape architect in the Milwaukee office of Bonestroo Inc., a multidisciplinary engineering, planning and design consulting firm. His projects, which range in size from 1 acre to more than 900 acres, focus on creative solutions for communities that want to integrate parks, recreation, trails and land management into systems that improve health, connectivity and sustainability. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association Foundation, and serves as president of the Board of Directors for The Park Foundation of Waukesha, and for The Donna Lexa Community Art Centers.


Greg Houston, AIA


Greg Houston has been a principal at Marmon Mok Architecture in San Antonio, Texas, since 1994. His experience over the past 20 years in recreation and sports architecture includes the design and planning of facilities ranging from major campus recreation projects to community sports venues. He has provided services for these projects that range from initial project study and community survey through design, construction and commissioning. As a practicing architect, Greg has led the design team for major projects, including the nationally recognized Student Recreation Center and Natatorium at Texas A&M University in College Station. Greg is a member of the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) and the National Intramural-Recreation Sports Association (NIRSA), and has been a repeated speaker at NIRSA conferences.


Bob McDonald, AIA, NCARB


Bob McDonald is a senior principal with Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative (OLC), headquartered in Denver. He is a LEED 2.0 accredited architect who has worked in the public recreation sector for 14 years, teaming with many municipalities to create recreational venues with great success. Bob holds degrees in both Architecture and Architectural Engineering. His expertise extends beyond design, detailing and project management to include programming and aid in operations proforma development. He is also an accomplished public speaker, both as a facilitator for public meetings and a conference presenter at regional conferences for Park and Recreation Associations, as well as national engagements for Athletic Business and the Medical Fitness Association.


Colleen McKenna, Assoc. AIA,
LEED AP


Colleen McKenna is an associated principal with Cannon Design. Over the course of her professional career as a sports planner, Colleen has served on the design teams of over 40 sports and recreation facility projects, ranging from feasibility and programming studies to full architectural services. Her diverse portfolio includes college and university recreation centers, intercollegiate athletic facilities and community centers, including the award-winning University of Maine Student Recreation and Fitness Center. Part of the leadership team for Cannon Design's national sports practice, Colleen supports the practice with an in-depth knowledge of functional planning requirements, which result in design solutions that meet the diverse needs of both competitive and recreational participants. A frequently invited guest speaker at sports conferences throughout the country, Colleen has delivered presentations on topics ranging from sustainability to facility design. An associate member of the American Institute of Architects, Colleen was recently named among Boston Business Journal's "40 Under 40," an award recognizing outstanding professionals.


Tom Poulos, AIA


Tom Poulos is a registered architect and a principal with Williams Architects Ltd. in Carol Stream, Ill., a leader in recreation facility design in the Midwest. During his career serving public recreation agencies, Tom has worked on a variety of community and recreation center projects, and has been involved in a range of project phases including architectural programming, feasibility studies, space analysis, design and master planning. Tom has managed complex projects from conceptual design through construction.


Michael Pratl, AIA


Michael Pratl is director of Sports and Recreation Facilities at Jacobs Facilities, Inc., a nationally recognized architectural, engineering and construction firm. He has over 20 years of experience developing and managing municipal recreation projects from the feasibility study phase through design and construction. Mike is involved with national and state park and recreation associations, is a member of his own city's Planning & Zoning Board, and has addressed sessions at conferences across the United States.