The AIA Washington Council (AIA/WA) handed out their Civic Design Awards, given annually to publicly-funded projects, last week. The Seattle office of global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will took home one of two Honor Awards for its work on the University of Washington's Husky Union Building (HUB).
The HUB has been designed as a "forward-thinking, contemporary facility that represents the true embodiment of what a 21st-Century student and campus center can be." Which is a very fancy way of saying, it looks really cool with all those staircases and glass and whatnot.
According to the AIA Jury, "A certain amount of nerve was needed to accomplish this technically challenging and complex project, and what a spectacular result. As a selective editing project, it explicitly goes in and makes connections to what is already there, while strengthening the existing elements on the campus and elevating its civic purpose. The project is very well detailed and consistent in its execution."
Here is the full list of Civic Design Award winners, accompanied by the designer/architect.
Music and Arts Center at Wenatchee Valley College – Integrus
University of Washington Husky Union Building Renovation and Expansion – P+W
Peace Arch US Port of Entry – Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Miller Hall at WWU – Mahlum
Newcastle Library – Mithun
WSU Vet Biomed Building – SRG
UW Tacoma Russell Joy Building – Thomas Hacker
Bethaday Community Learning Space – Miller Hull
Vancouver Library – Miller Hull
UW West Campus Housing - Mahlum
Issaquah High School - Mahlum
Suquamish Museum - Mithun
Brightwater Pump Station - Mithun
Fire Station 30 – Schacht Aslani
Federal Center South - ZGF