On September 14th, AIA Central Pennsylvania members gathered to celebrate design excellence, at the Excelsior in Lancaster for building tours, an exclusive vendor expo, networking happy hour, and the 2023 design awards reveal.
Through the AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Awards programs, upwards of 50 awards and recognitions are presented annually to firms and individuals across Pennsylvania for excellence in design, contributions to the profession of architecture, and commitment to the quality of the built environment.
Seth Wentz, Arif Hasanbhai, Anthony Colestock, and Bruce Burchfield of CRA
Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates (CRA) is proud to share that 2 of our projects have won awards this year!
Mountain View Middle School – Cumberland Valley School District
Jury Comments: “This project is notable for its clarity in plan and landscape while also keeping interior spaces in mind for the students and creating a variety of spaces that feel occupiable at the proper scale. The sensibility of the plan allows for excellent program functions as well as maximizing views to the exterior in order allow students to connect with nature.”
Radio Park Elementary School – State College Area School District
Jury Comments: “The entrance to the school is aesthetically pleasing, with multiple canopies and materials that create a softer, less contemporary architectural style. The exoskeleton design is impressive, as evidenced by stunning before and after photos. The original exterior façade from 1962 was cutting-edge, but the architects skillfully incorporated new materials and designs to enhance the original style. They also preserved some of the original structure while adding beautiful, modern classrooms and support spaces designed with flexibility for the next 20 years and beyond. Inside, they chose materials thoughtfully, considering both sensibility and practicality. However, the architects also included some unique touches, like soft stone materials in the library and other features throughout the school. And they made sure to bring in plenty of natural light, which added a nice touch to the school.”
Click here to learn more about this year’s design awards.