Campus Wins Design Awards for Landscape Achitecture

Brunswick, GA – The four-year collaboration between the College of Coastal Georgia and Perkins + Will, an architectural design firm, has resulted in major recognition from the Georgia chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The buzz was about the campus site design.

Earlier this month in Atlanta, the AIA Georgia 2012 Design Awards were announced. Twelve entries were recognized from over 90 submitted. The award submissions were juried in Chicago, according to the AIA Georgia press release, and were evaluated on creativity, design excellence, and innovation.

The College’s site design received an AIA Merit Award, recognizing achievement in design for projects displaying high standards of architectural quality. The judges noted the success in re-envisioning the campus as an expression of the institution’s values and providing an identity by highlighting the unique character of the coastal landscape: “Rather than a disconnected series of buildings, visitors now encounter a campus united by a series of green, lively, attractive, and functional spaces.”

The ASLA 2012 Honor Award, presented earlier this year during the Georgia Chapter’s annual awards banquet and CEU Day, recognized overall excellence and outstanding landscape design. The site design centered on the campus green that replaced the parking lot and created an entry plaza anchoring the south end of the lawn. “The plaza provides much needed outdoor activity space… and helps anchor the new [Nunnally] building to the surrounding campus…Perkins + Will was able to create a beautiful and sustainable landscape that speaks to the unique character of this coastal Georgia town.”

“Our goal for the transformed campus, outlined in the College’s strategic master plan, 2020 Vision: A Decade and Beyond, emphasized using indigenous plants, improving pedestrian and bicycle circulation, preserving the pine groves, and creating ‘outdoor rooms.’ As we moved from a commuting campus to a residential campus, we didn’t want parking lots to be our central statement,” College President Valerie Hepburn said. “With our vision articulated, Perkins + Will worked with us to create a stronger, more unified identity for the campus. It was a successful collaboration and we’re not only thrilled with the results, but we’re thrilled the landscape and architectural design associations recognize the unique statement of our campus coastal environment.”

The College worked with the Atlanta office of Perkins + Will, a global multidisciplinary architecture and design firm whose philosophy includes innovation, social responsibility and sustainability.

Release Date: 12/19/2012
Source: College of Coastal Georgia

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