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Matching articles for Innovative Architecture & Design Awards: 15

Milwaukee Community Sailing Center

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Award Winner - May 2013

The design of the building responds to the organization's desire to change its profile in community by creating an open, welcoming invitation to the city and all who dream of sailing. Located on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee's Veterans Park, the new facility cost only $1.64 million to build. A modest facility, it was designed to work within the nonprofit organization's limited financial means, but at the same time, it sets an impressive environmental benchmark.

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.