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Seven local architectural firms recognized for design excellence


SXL, a consortium of architects, was honored with the Urban Design Citation Award for SkyDance Bridge, located in Oklahoma City, at the 2012 AIA Central Oklahoma Design Excellence Awards. Photo courtesy of Joseph Mills Photography.

By Darla Shelden

Contributing Writer


Seven local firms were recently honored during the 2012 AIA Central Oklahoma Design Excellence Awards Program. The American Institute of Architects, Central Oklahoma Chapter, hosted the event. Members of the AIA Central Oklahoma Chapter submitted fifty-two Design Award entries.


The 2012 Design Awards jury included award winning, New Orleans architects R. Allen Eskew, FAIA of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple; Byron J. Mouton, AIA of BildDesign; and Tarra Cotterman, AIA of Lee Ledbetter and Associates.


Jury chairs Eskew and AIA Central Oklahoma President, Andrew Seamans, AIA of D5 Architecture, presented the 2012 winners at the recent Design Awards Banquet, held at Red Prime Steak in Oklahoma City.


Melissa Hunt, Executive Director for AIA’s Central Oklahoma Chapter said, “The AIA Central Oklahoma Design Excellence Awards program celebrates the best in architecture and urban design. We are excited to showcase this exceptional architecture and design from our local Oklahoma architects.”


The competition included five categories: Architecture, Interiors, Urban Design, Historic Preservation / Adaptive Reuse and Un-built.


Among those honored for their designs was SXL, a consortium consisting of Hans Butzer, AIA, Stan Carroll, AIA, Ken Fitzsimmons, AIA, Jeremy Gardner, AIA, Laurent Massenat, P.E., Chris Ramseyer, P.E. and David Wanzer was awarded the Citation Award in the Urban Design category for Skydance Bridge, in Oklahoma City.


“Our firm was involved in the SkyDance Bridge where we were part of team SXL, and Finish Line Tower where we worked as project architect for Elliottt + Associates, the Architect of Record,” said Ken Fitzsimmons, principal architect and owner of TASK Design. “It’s exciting to see so many great projects here in Oklahoma City that seemed unlikely to occur as recently as 10 years ago.”


Fitzsimmons added, “The recent and ongoing revitalization of Oklahoma City brought me back here. It is exciting to be a part of a transformation that is helping bring back new energy to many areas that were blighted and largely ignored. There will always be challenges and disagreements about the best solution for rebuilding these areas, but overall there is really positive progress being made.”


A Citation Award was awarded to Butzer Gardner Architects for SLIVR in the Un-built category. TAP Architecture was honored with a Citation Award in the Historic Preservation Category for the Oklahoma Judicial Center located in Oklahoma City.


In the Interiors category Elliott + Associates Architects was awarded an Honor Award for the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art; The Stuart Wing and Adkins Gallery Addition, in Norman, along with a Merit Award for Library for Light, located in Oklahoma City.


Rand Elliott, Principal at Elliott + Associates Architects in Oklahoma City said, “Our focus is doing the very best work possible for our client and to do buildings that will have lasting value for the community. The interesting thing about it for our clients is that it gives them a real sense of pride that they have done something permanent, in that it will have lasting value for decades to come,” said Elliott. “Everybody gets a real sense of accomplishment when they do something that has lasting impact.”


Fitzsimmons Architects received a Citation Award for MVP @The Packard Building, in Oklahoma City.


Seven awards were given in the Architecture category. The Honor Award was received by Elliott + Associates Architects for Kirkpatrick Oil Hennessey, in Hennessey, OK.


ADG, Inc. and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris received a Citation Award for Level Urban Apartments, in Oklahoma City. Elliott + Associates received three Merit Awards for the Devon Boathouse, the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower, Chesapeake Building 13 and Car Park One, all located in Oklahoma City.


Fitzsimmons Architects received a Citation Award for the18th Street Studios and LWPB Architecture was awarded a Citation award for the Patience S. Latting Northwest Library, both located in Oklahoma City.


The AIA, Central Oklahoma Chapter is a 450-member organization, which serves the community and the profession by promoting excellence and public awareness of the built environment through quality architecture.


“It’s amazing the reaction that people coming to Oklahoma City have,” said Elliott. “They wouldn’t necessarily talk about architecture or for heaven’s sake, some water activity.  The surprise factor is just such a powerful thing. It’s kind of like our secret weapon.”


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