Monday, November 16, 2009

Columbus is home to four of the five honored buildings in the 2009 Design Awards of the American Institute of Architects' local chapter

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The Columbus chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced the winners of its 2009 Design Awards, honoring the work of local architecture firms. In an unusual twist, four of the five top winning buildings are in Columbus.

The group will celebrate the winners at its annual gala tonight at the new Brewery District headquarters of Grange Insurance, which won a merit award.

Honor awards went to the Columbus College of Art & Design's Design Square Apartments, the five-story Downtown building providing housing for CCAD students, and the Cleveland Clinic's Miller Family Pavilion and Glickman Tower, a two-building, 1.3 million-square-foot expansion of the medical facility.

Three central Ohio projects won merit awards.

The William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library renovation added 91,000 square feet and overhauled 215,000 square feet in the library on the Ohio State campus.

Grange Insurance's headquarters expansion was a 274,000-square-foot project that includes many environmentally friendly features.

And the project done for Pistacia Vera renovated a 120-year-old German Village house for use as an artisan pastry kitchen and retail space.