Awards for Excellence

The purpose of the APA Awards for Excellence program is to recognize excellence in design, manufacturing and craftsmanship of Architectural Precast Concrete structures and individual components. Any kind, size, or type of structure and/or element that meets the eligibility requirements may be entered. Awards will be made on the basis of APA established criteria which has evolved since the inception of the awards programs.

 

2016 APA Awards for Excellence

The 2016 APA Awards for Excellence were presented at the Annual Convention in San Diego, California in late September.  The winners will be listed soon.  
 

2016 Award Winners

2016 Judges

Juror

Arlan Collins
CollinsWoerman
Seattle, WA

Juror

Mark D'Amato
DC Engineers. P.C.

Juror

Matthew Grunert
CollinsWoerman

Aloft Raleigh - Bellview Hotel (Earthcast Panels)

Design: Thomas Sayre
Manufacturer: Lucas Concrete Products
Category: Hospitality/Entertainment
Jury Comments: Unique, authentic, and artistic use of a common material is applied in a strikingly different way. This is a poetic work of hand craft and thought that stands out amongst traditional peers of unadorned, flat surfaces. The raw expression of both the precast, and the story it tells, makes the viewer want to touch the building's surface. The work demonstrates the versatility of precast for capturing earthen forms and providing erectable structure simultaneously.

Avalon Bay at Prudential Center - Chill Beach

Manufacturer: Northern Design
Category: Craftsmanship
Jury Comments: This project is a great example of 'old school' hand craftsmanship – taking a designer's vision to create multiple free-form complex shapes. Stunning!

Christopher Newport University - Student Success Center

Manufacturer: Royal Stone, LLC
Category: Craftsmanship
Jury Comments: Attention to detail re-creating neo-classical style to simulate natural cut limestone with monolithic precast pieces. Note: Columns were 30' tall load bearing units!

City Center (Condo Buildings)

Design: Shalom Baranes Associates
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc.
Category: Residential
Jury Comments: This project is an excellent incorporation of precast in a select and refreshingly contemporary manner. While the application of precast in modern buildings is a challenge to execute elegantly, this pallet and the contrast it creates visually tells an evocative story architecturally. This is an exemplary work of simplicity in design and tectonic expression.

Fisher Hill Reservoir Park - Water Feature

Design: Klopfer Martin Design Group
Manufacturer: Northern Designs
Category: Trim/Landscape
Jury Comments: This project used creative application for precast elements. Though the project is of a small scale, it demonstrates thoughtfulness in both design and context, as well as in execution of craft. Tremendous care appears to have been taken in order to create everything from the precast element's slopes and fluted rib patterning.

Governors Island Park

Design: West Eight
Manufacturer: Southside Precast Products
Category: Trim/Landscape
Jury Comments: Demonstrates a phenomenally elegant approach to a large scale landscape design intervention. The rolling forms of every precast segment help to tell a piece of the design's story. The contrast between the precast and the landscape's roads and vegetation make for an evocative visual experience. Looking closer, the patterning about the precast surfaces indicates that great care was taken in handling every detail and surface – a task that would have been much less feasible with cast in place concrete.

Highland Park DPS and Town Hall

Design: Highland Park DPS and Town Hall
Manufacturer: Advanced Architectural Stone
Category: Medical/Government
Jury Comments: Tremendous kudos to the team executing this design in the field. The capability to duplicate existing, historic details with such a high degree of accuracy and craft serves as a great example of the versatility of architectural precast. This project highlights the ability of precast to function in restoration and conform to historic applications.

National Science Foundation HQ (Hoffman Block 8)

Design: WDG Architects
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc.
Category: Commercial
Jury Comments: This project uses precast in a thoughtful, authentic manner that is ultimately unimposing and balanced. The project demonstrates beautiful structural solutions at its canopy as well as about its façade detailing. Entry elements ground the building in a thoughtful way, while precast elements have been developed with an elegant resolution and fine degree of detail.

Old Parkland West Campus

Manufacturer: Advanced Architectural Stone
Category: Craftsmanship
Jury Comments: Another example of classic architecture with incredible attention to detail. Cornices, soffits, capitals are incredibly intricate. Great use of modern technology to create classic design!

Old Parkland West Campus

Design: Beck Architecture
Manufacturer: Advanced Architectural Stone
Category: Commercial
Jury Comments: This project truly keeps the element of "craft" alive in contemporary architecture. It fundamentally characterizes the ability of precast to acclimate to unique and historic applications. This project also demonstrates versatility and precision as an absolutely beautiful work of craft and historicism.

Project X

Manufacturer: Architectural Facades Unlimited, Inc.
Category: Craftsmanship
Jury Comments: Complex parts and pieces, many on radius in plan, section (or both) are requiring extensive, complicated mold work. All done in GFRC!

State of Utah Centennial Clock Tower

Design: VCBO Architecture
Manufacturer: Unlimited Designs, Inc.
Category: GFRC
Jury Comments: As a design intervention, the clock tower stands as an artistic piece of work. GFRC was a perfect choice of material to mitigate the weight of the structure. The form, materiality, and fractured aesthetic of the GFRC beautifully complement the tower, landscape, and spirit of Utah.

Trinity Washington University - New Academic Center

Design: EYP
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc.
Category: Educational/Spiritual
Jury Comments: This piece of design is a quintessential mastery of technical execution. The building looks and feels like it was laid in place by artisanal masons from a previous century. Panel joints are virtually non-discernable. The coordination that must have been required between the project's precast supplier and its design team is commendable.

University of Notre Dame - McCourtney Hall

Design: BSA Life Structures
Manufacturer: Southside Precast
Category: Educational/Spiritual
Jury Comments: This project proves that "turn of the century" buildings can still be designed and built in the modern era. The craft of the trades involved in this building's construction provided excellent execution of services for a client who sought a timeless piece of design. Overall, the project demonstrates precise sensibility for historicism both in detail and vernacular expression.
2015 Award Winners

2015 Judges

Juror

Stephen Ramos, AIA,LEED AP
Senior Associate | Project Architect
LS3P
Charleston, SC

Jury Chairman

C. Dinos Liollio, AIA, LEED AP
Principal
Liollio Architecture
Charleston, SC

Juror

Marc Marchant, AIA,LEED AP
Principal | Office Leader | Charleston 2013-15 AIA Academy of Architecture for Health Board
LS3P
Charleston, SC

Bellview Hotel Earthcast Panels - Raleigh, NC

Design: One Group Design-ND, LLC – Irving, TX
Manufacturer: Lucas Concrete Products – Charlotte, NC
Category: Craftsmanship
Jury Comments: This project defines how unique craftsmanship can be utilized to create art with architectural precast. The producer shut down their plant for a week in order for their artists to create these custom molds out of dirt. They found the right combination of clay content and moisture so each design could be carved out in mold form. Fourteen pieces were produced, all different, with the largest panel being 22’ 0” x 9’ 0”. The pieces were poured with a brick color into the sand molds, stripped and the sand was then chipped away to leave these custom precast panels. Certainly a very creative approach to this challenging task and true craftsmanship was utilized to bring this design to fruition.

City Center (Rental Buildings) - Washington D.C.

Design: Shalom Baranes Associates– Washington, D. C.
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. – Woodbridge, VA
Category: Residential
Jury Comments: What a great project, visually and contextually successful. The design and execution of the pre-cast panels embody innovation and creativity. A beautifully executed project. The extraction of volumes along the facades playfully works wonderfully with the strength and power of the pre-cast panels.

Falls Park - Greenville, SC

Design: Craig Gaulden Davis – Greenville, SC
Manufacturer: Lucas Concrete Products – Charlotte, NC
Category: Trim/Landscape
Jury Comments: Loved the juxtaposed relationship between the hardscape and landscape with the board form impressions in the pre-cast bridging the two together.Playful and eloquent.

Oregon State University Student Experience Center - Corvallis, OR

Design: Opsis Architecture – Portland, OR
Manufacturer: Northwest Precast, LLC – Boise, ID
Category: Craftsmanship
Jury Comments: With a difficult design to tackle, this producer answered the call. The project consisted of 275 yards of material and is highlighted by the two story box window units. These window surrounds were constructed with an open “U” shaped configuration at the lower floor and a full box window panel above.

The Architect did not want joints and wouldn’t allow composite pours / quirked corners, so these precast units were reinforced heavily and had to be stripped, handled, shipped and installed with extreme care. There were returns at the corner units that were as long as 5’ 0”, which signifies the level of difficulty in both mold making &fabrication approach. The design is dominated by the precast. The pieces have sharp lines, transition seamlessly and maintain a high level of consistency throughout. This producer put their craftsmanship on display with the execution of this project.

River Oaks Stand - Charlotte, NC

Design: Cole Jenest & Stone – Charlotte, NC
Manufacturer: Lucas Concrete Products – Charlotte, NC
Category: Trim/Landscape
Jury Comments: This looked to be a really fun solution to what might be otherwise an overlooked detail of a development. Multiple pours of the pre-cast give a very organic flavor to the signage – really cool.

University of Utah School of Dentistry - Salt Lake City, UT

Design: MHTN – Salt Lake City, UT
Manufacturer: Unlimited Designs, Inc. – Salt Lake City, UT
Category: GFRC
Jury Comments: This truly is art and shows off the flexibility and capability of this product – imagination appears to be the only limit. What a nice intersection of design and technology.

VCU - School of Medicine - Richmond, VA

Design: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP– New York City, NY
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. – Woodbridge, VA
Category: Educational/Spiritual
Jury Comments: The reductive exercise of this design is quite evident, presenting the structure in its simplest form – appears to be a thoughtful and strong partnership between the design team and pre-cast production team where a common vision is shared. Outstanding project – our absolute favorite... loved the board formed pre-cast. So eloquent the way the pre-cast is used both on the exterior and interior. This is a project that can easily become the face of a community, college campus, city, etc.

VCU - School of Medicine - Richmond, VA

Design: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP– New York City, NY
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. – Woodbridge, VA
Category: Educational/Spiritual
Jury Comments: This year’s final Craftsmanship Award goes to a producer who was able to turn a difficult design into an impressive precast panel assembly. Over 93,000 SF of wood grain panels were produced for both the exterior and interior facades of this beautiful building.The wood grain texture made it necessary for the producer to provide an “as-cast” finish in order to maintain the fine textures from the wood, so their ability to utilize finishing was limited. They used individual cedar planks in lieu of a form liner and flipped & rotated the planks every day in order to avoid the appearance of repetition. Horizontal bands (with an etched finish) were utilized in order to create level breaks at each floor, defining the 14 floors and further accenting the textured panels. There were ( 68 ) interior panels, which had to be carted into the building and erected using chain falls that were clamped to the structural steel above. Truly a unique project that highlights the craftsmanship that APA plants are capable of bringing to the table.

AAMC HEADQUARTERS - WASHINGTON, D.C.

Design: Shalom Baranes Associates – Washington, D.C.
Manufacturer: Modern Mosaic Ltd. – Niagara Falls, Ontario
Category: Commercial
Jury Comments: Very attractive structure and great relationship at the streetscape. The massiveness of the structure is nicely diminished by the innovative design of the pre-cast panels, giving a human scale to the facade.

From an environmental standpoint, the pre-cast took maximum advantage of every green building point available.

CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT UNIVERSITY - STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER - NEWPORT NEWS, VA

Design: Glavé & Holmes Architecture – Richmond, VA
Manufacturer: Royal Stone, LLC – Williamston, MI
Category: Educational/Spiritual
Jury Comments: Successfully reproducing classical architecture is extremely difficult, but when it’s done well, it can be absolutely magnificent – and this project approaches that caliber of success. Beautifully detailed and successfully executed. I would love to have a client this committed to exceptional and historically accurate work.
2014 Award Winners

2014 Judges

Juror

Bill Bonstra, FAIA, LEED AP
Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS
Washington, DC

Juror

Mark Gilliand, AIA
shalom baranes associates | architects
Washington, DC

Jury Chairman

Michael H. Kang, FAIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C
SmithGroupJJR
Washington, DC

800 North Glebe Road - Arlington, VA

Design: Cooper Carry - Alexandria, VA
Manufacturer: Modern Mosaic Ltd. - Niagara Falls, Ontario
Category: Commercial
Jury Comments: The initial impression of the design strength of this project is the juxtaposition of the planar precast frame to the curved glass curtain wall which create layers and depth. Upon closer inspection, the technical complexity of the precast is apparent. Changes in color and plane make this a challenging manufacturing job.

Anaconda Court House - Anaconda, MT

Design: Schlenker & McKittrick Architects - Helena, MT
Manufacturer: Unlimited Designs - Salt Lake City, UT
Category: Building Green
Jury Comments: There is no greener building than an existing building. The reuse of crushed sandstone from the original courthouse tower in the precast and GFRC replacement mix is ingenious and the final result looks seamless and beautiful. In addition to giving precast mix a color and texture similar to the original sandstone, the recycled content makes for a greener process.

Cardoza High School - Washington, DC

Design: Hartman Cox Architects - Washington, DC
Manufacturer: Modern Mosaic Ltd. - Niagara Falls, Ontario
Category: Educational/Spiritual
Jury Comments: It's not easy to pull off an addition to an existing building that blurs the distinction between new and old, but this project does justice to the historic landmark to which it is attached. The addition is carefully designed, proportioned and executed. The use of machined models and rubber molds were critical to achieving the precast shapes that make this project a success.

Cardoza High School - Washington, DC

Design: Hartman Cox Architects - Washington, DC
Manufacturer: Modern Mosaic Ltd. - Niagara Falls, Ontario
Category: Craftsmanship
Jury Comments: This addition to an existing school building doesn’t have a flat panel on the project. Every panel has an ornate element or some complex detail matching the existing structure. While this complexity is a bit more common in cast-stone (or as smaller pieces), it’s rare to see this level of detail and complexity in large panel work. Furthermore, the work was executed nearly flawlessly – crisp lines and sharp details. It’s often said that the sequel is never better than the original, but in this case, the old adage may be proven wrong - as this addition stands on its own.

City of San Antonio - Public Safety Point - San Antonio, TX

Design: HOK - Dallas, TX
Manufacturer: Redondo Manufacturing - San Antonio, TX
Category: Medical/Government
Jury Comments: This design is notable for its simple and modern composition, and the vertical pattern and texture created by the detailing on the precast is beautiful and is well executed. It also demonstrates the functional utility of precast walls which by employing large panel sizes, the walls are able to support the roof structure. No doubt the speed of erection was a plus on this project too.

Gilbert AZ Temple GFRC - Gilbert, AZ

Design: Architekton - Tempe, AZ
Manufacturer: Unlimited Designs - Salt Lake City, UT
Category: GFRC
Jury Comments: The versatility of GFRC is on full display with this inspirational design. Its ability to create complex, intricate and crisp detailing is apparent, and the color flexibility to match the architectural precast used elsewhere in the project make for a unified and seamless appearance. The technical detailing and shop drawing coordination must have been a challenge on this one. The project is beautifully executed!

Mission County Park Signs - San Antonio, TX

Design: Kell - Munos, San Antonio, TX
Manufacturer: Redondo Manufacturing - San Antonio, TX
Category: Trim/Landscape
Jury Comments: This may be one of the most creative uses of architectural precast concrete we have seen. While precast concrete is typically seen as a material that strives for uniformity, this design relies on the irregular variation of color and texture. The signs "natural" appearance reminds one of a sedimentary stone, which seems particularly appropriate to its natural park setting.

Providence College - Ruane Center For The Humanities - Providence, RI

Design: S/L/A/M Collaborative - Glastonbury, CT & Sullivan Buckingham Architects - Boston, MA
Manufacturer: Northern Design - Loudon, NH
Category: Educational/Spiritual
Jury Comments: The architectural precast on this project is key to the building's contextual design. In addition to highlighting the character defining features of the building, the collegiate gothic design with its layering of the façade and well-crafted detailing relate it strongly to other buildings on campus carrying a sense of tradition and continuity.

Raleigh Fallen Officers Memorial - Raleigh, NC

Design: Thomas Sayre - Raleigh, NC
Manufacturer: Lucas Concrete Products, Inc. - Charlotte, NC
Category: Trim/Landscape
Jury Comments: This memorial demonstrates the versatility of architectural precast concrete. The fact that the black precast concrete used in the fountain can be polished to this degree is a revelation. Precast benches use crushed aggregate from the same type of granite used in adjacent sculptures, and unify the overall design. The project is beautiful.

Reed College Performing Arts Building - Portland, OR

Design: Opsis Architecture - Portland, OR
Manufacturer: Northwest Precast - Boise, ID
Category: Educational/Spiritual
Jury Comments: A strong yet simple design at first glance, the sophistication of the rhythm and cadence of the precast window frames is understood and appreciated upon further inspection. Architectural precast window frames are the ornamentation on this building. Their depth, color contrast and irregular rhythm, when juxtaposed to simple brick walls, are what make this design a winner.

St. Gregory's Benedict Hall Repairs and Renovation- Shawnee, OK

Design: T.A.P. - Oklahoma City, OK
Manufacturer: DeVinci Cast Stone - Oklahoma City, OK
Category: Craftsmanship
Jury Comments: The cast-stone on the project included some very complicated profiles and artwork. The cast-stone replaced damaged 100-Year old terracotta and great lengths were done to salvage the old pieces to be used as a model, where possible damaged pieces were touched up and used as models for rubber molds. The gargoyles (which were all different) were cast off silicone molds in multiple-pieces and were beautifully executed. The level of detail and the beauty of the work made this an easy choice.

Sundance Square East - Fort Worth, TX

Design: Bennett Benner Pettit, Inc. - Fort Worth, TX
Manufacturer: Advanced Architectural Stone - Everman, TX
Category: Commercial
Jury Comments: The traditional and fine-grained detailing of the architectural precast is a complement to the simple, strong and assertive massing of this building and creates a strong appeal and connection to the existing context. The acorn motif symbolizes luck, prosperity and power, and reminds us of the power of architectural detailing to tell a story.

Tarrant County Jail, Lon Evans Correction Center - Fort Worth, TX

Design: Gideon Toal Inc. - Fort Worth, TX
Manufacturer: Advanced Architectural Stone - Everman, TX
Category: Medical/Government
Jury Comments: If not for an adjacent existing structure that is clearly part of a correctional facility, the casual passerby probably wouldn't know this building's function. It's a strong and grounded urban building that holds the street edge. The rusticated detailing at the base of the building provides interest to the pedestrian for a building with an introverted program, and the iconographic imagery employed in the precast cornice of the building to the heritage of its context connecting with history and tradition.

TCU Relief Panels - Forth Worth, TX

Design: HKS Architects and Brook Studio - Fort Worth, TX
Manufacturer: Advanced Architectural Stone - Everman, TX
Category: Craftsmanship
Jury Comments: This project consisted of only six panels, but each of them was so detailed and different, each telling the story of one of the founders of TCU. This precaster also had to work with the multiple artists and families to get each mural rendered, approved and then made into rubber molds for casting. The mold work and casting was clearly done with great care to provide a product of such exquisite detail and quality. The quality of the work and the unique use of precast made this project a clear winner.

Texas Christian University - Amon G Carter Stadium Redevelopment - Fort Worth, TX

Design: HKS, Inc. - Dallas, TX
Manufacturer: Redondo Manufacturing - San Antonio, TX
Category: Craftsmanship
Jury Comments: This arched panel is another example of the uniqueness of this award.  The project, as a whole, wasn’t submitted, but simply the uniqueness and complexity of the construction of these arch panels. Due to the lack of structure to support, this precaster had to create monolithic arches. This was done seamlessly with concrete molds and they even used a concrete bulk-head to keep the poured concrete from flowing-out at the bottom sections. This very innovative mold work created an end-product that is simply flawless and thus deserving of this award. 

The Mather North and South - Evanston, IL

Design: Solomon Cordewell Buenz - Chicago, IL
Manufacturer: Architectural Cast Stone - West Chicago, IL
Category: Residential
Jury Comments: This project combines brick and precast in a masterful way. The details surrounding the windows and balconies are well executed, and the composition of the massing and colors are well balanced and comfortable. The reference to historical style is evident in here, but it is done in a simple and restrained way which makes this project a winner in this category.

TRT Holdings Headquarters - Dallas, TX

Design: HKS, Inc. - Dallas, TX
Manufacturer: Advanced Architectural Stone - Everman, TX
Category: Craftsmanship
Jury Comments: This classically inspired architectural precast was beautifully constructed in the Jeffersonian style. This project consisted of nearly eight-thousand pieces, including gable window pediments, Tuscan column-surrounds, Vignola-round balusters, and cornices, and was fabricated from 153 molds. The detail and sharpness of the work make it obvious that great precision and care was taken with the mold work of these ornate profiles. With this classic design and quality mold work, this project stood out in the crowd. 

UNO - Chicago, IL

Design: Urban Works - Chicago, IL
Manufacturer: Architectural Cast Stone - West Chicago, IL
Category: Craftsmanship
Jury Comments: This sign panel epitomizes what is so great about the craftsmanship award. This sign panel isn’t as eye-catching, as flashy or as large-scale as some of the typical Design and Manufacturing Award winners, but to the trained eye of fellow precaster – we were awed in the project’s execution. The sign was poured as one panel with virtually no seams, which provides a level of depth that most signs don’t have. The letters appear to be almost growing out of the spilt-rock and the detail work where the split-rock and letters come together is extremely sharp. In short, this sign panel wowed us.

Villa San Juliette Winery - San Miguel, CA

Design: Steven Puglisi - San Luis Obispo, CA
Manufacturer: Architectural Facades Unlimited, Inc. - Gilroy, CA
Category: Hospitality/Entertainment
Jury Comments: Skillfully executed, this building's design is a purposeful reference to a region of the world that is synonymous with wine making - the Tuscany region of Italy. The project sits in a beautiful setting and the careful blending and color matching of GFRC and precast pieces is achieved at many scales and are elegantly detailed.

Virginia Tech Human & Agricultural Biosciences Building I - Blacksburg, VA

Design: Lord, Aeck & Sargent - Atlanta, GA
Manufacturer: Lucas Concrete Products, Inc. - Charlotte, NC
Category: Educational/Spiritual
Jury Comments: A strong and assertive design, working within the architectural style of the campus, this project blends the almost equal parts of precast and natural stone in a most successful way. The careful "tuning" of the architectural precast’s color to complement the variegated stone is key to the success of the design which masterfully balances the massing, proportion and details to create strong presence and order.
2013 Award Winners

2013 Judges

Jury Chairman

Chuck Freeman, AIA, LEED AP
Callahan & Freeman
Fort Worth, TX

Juror

Mark Vander Voort, AIA, LEED AP
HKS Architects
Dallas, TX

Juror

Patrick Glenn, AIA, REFP, LEED AP
Perkins+Will
Dallas, TX

800 North Glebe Road - Arlington, VA

Design: Cooper Carry - Alexandria, VA
Manufacturer: Modern Mosaic Ltd. - Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada
Category: Craftsmanship

American University School of International Service - Washington, DC

Design: Quinn Evan Architect - Washington, DC
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. - Woodbridge, VA
Category: Building Green
Jury Comments: Strong, simple detailing of concrete elements. Nice façade and color contrasts. Effective textured facades using three materials. Rests softly on site. Good horizontal expression of building elements.

Archstone Square 673 - Washington, DC

Design: Davis, Carter, Scott Design - McLean, VA
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. - Woodbridge, VA
Category: Residential
Jury Comments: Imaginative use of precast concrete. Color combinations interesting and unusual. Texture and three-dimensionality of façade is highly effective. Would be an interesting place to live. Monumental site presence.

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. - St. Joseph, MO

Design: George Butler and Associates - Lenexa, KS
Manufacturer: Omega Concrete Systems, Inc. - Kansas City, KS
Category: Commercial
Jury Comments: Creative combination of precast concrete finishes and color. Strong definition of horizontal lines. Use of functional piercing precast shear wall creates a strong entry icon and an opportunity for building signage. Minimalist interior spaces capture exterior light in an effective way. Creative use of interior precast wall panels using texture and horizontal lines.

Buffalo Federal Courthouse - Buffalo, NY

Design: Kohn Pederson Fox - New York City, NY
Manufacturer: Modern Mosaic Ltd. Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada
Category: Building Green
Jury Comments: Bold and asymmetrical form. Interesting use of curvilinear form with precast concrete. Nice textured contrast between glass and precast concrete with vertical fins. Glass “veil” is certainly effective and functional.

Christopher Newport University Chapel - Newport News, VA

Design: Glave & Holmes Architecture - Richmond, VA
Manufacturer: Royal Stone LLC - Williamston, MI
Category: Craftsmanship

Cultural Mission of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia - Fairfax, VA

Design: Davis, Carter, Scott Design - McLean, VA
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. - Woodbridge, VA
Category: Educational/Spiritual
Jury Comments: Nice integration of colors and materials. Strong entry element using precast concrete surround. Simple detailing and layering of precast concrete facades. Interesting and innovative curvilinear precast. Innovative use of curvilinear, flying precast concrete façade. “Legorreta” like round elements at front entrance are very interesting and functional micro-element.

Dallas Country Club - Dallas, TX

Design: MAI Design Group & Image Design - Englewood, CO
Manufacturer: Advanced Cast Stone, Inc. - Fort Worth, TX
Category: Hospitality/Entertainment
Jury Comments: Nice color and texture combinations. Strong, elegant detailing of precast concrete. Exquisite detailing and presentation of interior fireplace with wood surround. Interior hallway detailing of stone/concrete elements is impressive.

Franklin Square Hospital - Baltimore, MD

Design: Wilmot-Sanz - Gaithersburg, MD
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. - Woodbridge, VA
Category: Medical/Government
Jury Comments: Strong expression of two-dimensional horizontality. Bold, simple expression of arrival point to the building. Very effective use of contrasting materials to create lightness and capturing of light. Fits in well with campus architecture.

Garner Veterans Memorial - Garner, NC

Design: Thomas Sayre and Fred Belledin, Clearscapes - Raleigh, NC
Manufacturer: Lucas Concrete Products, Inc. - Charlotte, NC
Category: Trim/Landscape
Jury Comments: This really "wowed" us. Layer of texture protects the smooth inner panels. Precast concrete panels designed to simulate the area’s indigenous red clay is highly imaginative. Reflection and awareness of past is greatly stimulated with this architecture.

Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau - Grapevine, TX

Design: ArchiTexas, Inc. - Dallas, TX
Manufacturer: Advanced Cast Stone, Inc. - Fort Worth, TX
Category: Craftsmanship

LA Sports Museum and Hall of Fame - Natchitoches, LA

Design: Trahan Architects, APAC - Baton Rouge, LA
Manufacturer: Advanced Cast Stone, Inc. - Fort Worth, TX
Category: Hospitality/Entertainment
Jury Comments: Another "wow" project. Excellent, imaginative application of precast to create “organic” interior space. Effective use of artificial and natural light. Exciting transition from exterior to interior. Exterior is equally impressive and exciting.

LA Sports Museum and Hall of Fame - Natchitoches, LA

Design: Trahan Architects, APAC - Baton Rouge, LA
Manufacturer: Advanced Cast Stone, Inc. - Fort Worth, TX
Category: Craftsmanship

Marymount University Pedestrian Bridge & Gazebo - Arlington, VA

Design: Davis, Carter, Scott Design - McLean, VA
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. - Woodbridge, VA
Category: Craftsmanship

Micron Business and Economics Building - Boise, ID

Design: Hummel Architects - Boise, ID
Manufacturer: Northwest Precast - Boise, ID
Category: Educational/Spiritual
Jury Comments: Good composition, balance and proportion. Effective and creative precast detailing. Interesting presentation with use of shadows and shading. Strong color contrast. Nice three-dimensional facade.

National Gateway - Office Buildings I & II - Arlington, VA

Design: Davis, Carter, Scott Design - McLean, VA
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. - Woodbridge, VA
Category: Commercial
Jury Comments: Strong building base using precast concrete. Good asymmetrical balance using expressive definition of entry element to unite the two buildings’ masses. Rhythmic consistency. Effective color/material contrast with use of precast concrete and glass curtain wall.

National Public Radio Headquarters - Washington, DC

Design: Hickok Cole Architects - Washington, DC
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. - Woodbridge, VA
Category: Commercial
Jury Comments: Impressive design. Creative juxtaposition and layering of masses. Simple, effective detailing and delivery of precast concrete into composition. Good marriage of precast concrete and glass curtain wall. Expressive and well-recognized point of entry.

Reagan Place - Dallas, TX

Design: Good Fulton & Ferrell Architects - Dallas, TX
Manufacturer: Advanced Cast Stone, Inc. - Fort Worth, TX
Category: Commercial
Jury Comments: Strong definition of base and entry element. Exquisite detailing of precast concrete. Excellent contrast of texture, materials and color. Defining site presence. Nice proportions.

Texas State University Undergraduate Academic Center - San Marcos, TX

Design: Morris Architects - Houston, TX
Manufacturer: Advanced Cast Stone, Inc. - Fort Worth, TX
Category: Educational/Spiritual
Jury Comments: Pleasing color combinations. Simple, effective detailing of precast concrete. Sited well on difficult topography. Highly compatible with natural surroundings and the campus build environment.

USC Cinematic Arts Building 5 - Los Angeles, CA

Design: Urban Design Group - Dallas, TX
Manufacturer: Architectural Facades Unlimited, Inc. - Gilroy, CA
Category: Trim/Landscape
Jury Comments: Quality and tastefulness of detailing coupled with the softness and color contrast of the landscape makes for a quality composition. Nice presentation of micro-detailing. Strong building base using keen detailing and color contrasts.

USC Cinematic Arts Building 5 - Los Angeles, CA

Design: Urban Design Group - Dallas, TX
Manufacturer: Architectural Facades Unlimited, Inc. - Gilroy, CA
Category: Craftsmanship
2012 Award Winners

2012 Judges

Juror

Edward D. Weaver, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
AECOM
Arlington, VA

Jury Chairman

Stephen M. Smith, AIA
Cooper Carry
Alexandria, VA

Juror

William D. Chilton, FAIA, RIBA
Pickard Chilton
New Haven, CT

225 Virginia Avenue (200 I Street) - Washington, DC

Design: Hickok Cole Architects
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. - Woodbridge, VA
Category: Building Green
Jury Comments: According to the USGBC the greenest building is one that is reused. That is exactly what this LEED Gold building did. Recycled steel, reuse of the structure, local materials and fabrication made this a notably sustainable project.

225 Virginia Avenue (200 I Street) - Washington, DC

Design: Hickok Cole Architects
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. - Woodbridge, VA
Category: Commercial
Jury Comments: A fascinating use of precast detailing has different planes, angles and finishes that added to the complexity of this renovation. A very contemporary use of precast.

855 North Wolfe Street - Baltimore, MD

Design: Elkus Manfredi Architects
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. - Woodbridge, VA
Category: Commercial
Jury Comments: A well executed urban design using precast that has crisp detailing, consistent color, patterns and jointing; well done. The straightforward clean lines fit well with the urban context.

Carnegie Building - Fort Worth, TX

Design: David M. Schwarz
Manufacturer: Advanced Cast Stone, Inc. - Fort Worth, TX
Category: Commercial
Jury Comments: This building exhibits a masterful craftsman’s touch in the elaborate detailing and execution, particularly at the pedestrian level. The installation is further challenged by its interface with the brick masonry at other levels.

Centromed Clinic - San Antonio, TX

Design: Marmon Mok
Manufacturer: Redondo Manufacturing - San Antonio, TX
Category: Craftsmanship

Eckstein Hall, Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI

Design: Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott Architects
Manufacturer: International Concrete Products, Inc. - Germantown, WI
Category: Educational/Spiritual
Jury Comments: This handsome building’s brick faced precast panels that were built and erected to very tight tolerance resulting in a well executed project. The detailing also contributed to the building’s success in appearing as a well crafted contemporary masonry building.  All of this was completed in a tight time frame where 401 panels were erected in 30 days.

Highland Park Village - Dallas, TX

Design: Omni Planners Architects
Manufacturer: Advanced Cast Stone, Inc. - Fort Worth, TX
Category: Commercial
Jury Comments: This project was challenged with matching the existing complex’s weathered buildings with its color development, something not easily achieved.  Intricate CNC molds also had to be developed to allow this elevator/clock tower to be skillfully integrated into its surroundings.

Highland Park Village - Dallas, TX

Design: Omni Planners Architects
Manufacturer: Advanced Cast Stone, Inc. - Fort Worth, TX
Category: Craftsmanship

Hoffman Parking Garage, Block 14 - Alexandria, VA

Design: WDG Architecture, PLLC
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. - Woodbridge, VA
Category: Manufacturing/Industrial
Jury Comments: This parking garage displays a thoughtful composition of brick panels and precast elements giving the large project a well balanced scale. The careful detailing contributes to the success of this project.

Marymount University, Residence Hall & Academic Building - Arlington, VA

Design: Davis, Carter, Scott, Ltd.
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. - Woodbridge, VA
Category: Educational/Spiritual
Jury Comments: Architectural precast was used to represent the richness and elegance of this building adding an eye catching design to this neighborhood. This distinguishing project also included a total precast bridge that was longer than the pour tables in the shop. The precaster creatively overcame such issues to produce and maintain the design detailing of the job.

New Campus East, Main Building - Fort Belvoir Proving Grounds, VA

Design: RTKL
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. - Woodbridge, VA
Category: Medical/Government
Jury Comments: This innovative use of precast panels was seen as significant in its playful expression of the building skin. The detailed formwork leads to an architectural precast concept that is eye catching to all passersby. Outstanding photography was also key to highlighting the precast’s features.

PKG Campus - Meridian, ID

Design: Johnson Architects
Manufacturer: Northwest Precast
Category: Commercial
Jury Comments: An extraordinary, innovative use of precast with a high level of finish. This is certainly the distinguishing feature of this building. A lot of bang for the buck was realized in the design, engineering, production and installation of this staircase. The judges recognized this work as a “Devine Detail”.

Scribante Residence - Sanibel, FL

Design: Island Architecture
Manufacturer: D&J Architectural Precast - Fort Myers, FL
Category: Craftsmanship

Shalom Park - Charlotte, NC

Design: Paul Rousso (Artist) / LS3P (Site Plan)
Manufacturer: Lucas Concrete Products, Inc. - Charlotte, NC
Category: Trim/Landscape
Jury Comments: A conceptual sketch from an artist was used by the skilled precaster to engineer and develop this heart sculpture. The opportunity to show the fluidity of precast was maximized in the graceful forms emerging from this garden. Very playful and extremely well crafted elements.

Shalom Park - Charlotte, NC

Design: Paul Rousso (Artist) / LS3P (Site Plan)
Manufacturer: Lucas Concrete Products, Inc. - Charlotte, NC
Category: Craftsmanship

Sherman Clay & Company Building Restoration - San Francisco, CA

Design: Tom Lewis Restoration and Consulting, Inc.
Manufacturer: Architectural Facades Unlimited, Inc. - Gilroy, CA
Category: GFRC
Jury Comments: Fantastically detailed renovation of a classical building using GFRC. The castings matched the original details and were able to do so without any noticeable transitions. The elegance of the original design is restored to this treasure of a building.

Sherman Clay & Company Building Restoration - San Francisco, CA

Design: Tom Lewis Restoration and Consulting, Inc.
Manufacturer: Architectural Facades Unlimited, Inc. - Gilroy, CA
Category: Craftsmanship

Texas A&M University ETED - College Station, TX

Design: Perkins + Will
Manufacturer: Redondo Manufacturing - San Antonio, TX
Category: Educational/Spiritual
Jury Comments: A very intricate use of precast, creating interesting shading and articulation. Nice expression of materials with deep relief that provides solar shading and functional definition. Four sided finishing was also executed with uniformity making this trellis feature a distinctive winner.

The Broadway Condominium - San Antonio, TX

Design: Ziegler Cooper Architects
Manufacturer: Redondo Manufacturing - San Antonio, TX
Category: Residential
Jury Comments: The judges appreciated the honest and straightforward use of precast to articulate this large building. The panels exhibited consistent finishing in the use of the earth tone colors and clean lines of the building. Nice quality control on the panels.
2011 Award Winners

2011 Judges

Juror

Jonathan B. Kincheloe, AIA, LEED AP
LS3P Associates, Ltd.
Charlotte, NC

Jury Chairman

Steve Schmitt, AIA, NCARB
Merriman Schmitt Architects
Charlotte, NC

Juror

Victor Jones, Jr., AIA, LEED AP
Jenkins•Peer Architects
Charlotte, NC

714 Main Street - Fort Worth, TX

Design: Schwarz-Hanson Architects Fort Worth, TX
Manufacturer: Advanced Cast Stone, Inc. Everman, TX
Category: Craftsmanship

714 Main Street / XTO Building - Fort Worth, TX

Design: Schwarz-Hanson Architects Fort Worth, TX
Manufacturer: Advanced Cast Stone, Inc. Everman, TX
Category: Trim/Landscape
Jury Comments: In contrast to the other panelized precast projects submitted, the jury appreciated the modular, hand placed craftsmanship of this project which merits an APA Award for Excellence. The coursing and bonding patterns create an elegant richness at close scale. Likewise, at the larger scale, the tight, flush mortar joints paired with deep recesses reinforce the larger scale proportions creating a grand monumentality, particularly at the base. The crisp execution of the intricate detailing at the window surrounds and horizontal banding paired with the subtle color variations of the individual pieces successfully highlight precast as a timeless choice for well crafted landmark architecture. The jury also was impressed by the beautifully detailed shop drawings which certainly contributed to the successful execution of the end product.

900 North Glebe Road - Arlington, VA

Design: Cooper Carry Alexandria, VA
Manufacturer: Modern Mosaic Ltd. Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada
Category: Commercial
Jury Comments: We were especially pleased with the use of the precast concrete as the basis of design for the building. It appeared to us that the project incorporated precast concrete into the exterior skin to provide depth and interest to the building. The precast panels were designed with both varying color and texture. The panels appeared to be uniform in their appearance on the building. We appreciated the complexity of the panel and method of its construction and fabrication. This project ranked consistently high among all the jurors and we believe that this project embodies the appropriate use of precast concrete in creating building form and aesthetics. All in all this was a great entry and well deserved of an APA Award for Excellence.

American Pharmacists Association - Washington, D.C.

Design: Hartman-Cox Washington, D.C.
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. Woodbridge, VA
Category: Commercial
Jury Comments: Our jury was impressed with this entry due to the crisp attention to classical detailing. Also the project has a nice diversity of scale ranging from the whole project to down to the details. The project is a sympathetic backdrop to the existing historic architecture. Successful elements of the project include classical building massing, multiple symmetries, coupling, syncopation, proportioning, rustication, and Tuscan proportions. We believed that this project is deserving of an APA Award for Excellence for its extremely effective use of precast concrete.

American University - School of International Service - Washington, D.C.

Design: Quinn Evan Architect Washington, D.C.
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. Woodbridge, VA
Category: Educational/Spiritual
Jury Comments: This project was a consensus favorite among the jurors. The use of precast concrete on the building as both a structural element and as a building material on the facades creates a number of opportunities for the building to showcase the use of precast concrete as viable and efficient building element. It appeared that the design of the building initiated with the use of precast concrete as the predominant building material. We believed that this was an outside in design that could not have been accomplished without the conscious decision to utilize precast panels and architectural elements around the building. The color of the panels appeared consistent and offered a nice contrast to the window and the overall aesthetics of the building. Careful attention was paid to the detailing of the panels to ensure that the various building elements aligned across the building facades. Ultimately, we believed this project was one of the most deserving projects to receive an APA Award of Excellence.

Buffalo Federal Courthouse - Buffalo, NY

Design: KPF – Kohn Pederson Fox, New York, NY
Manufacturer: Modern Mosaic Ltd. Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Category: Medical/Government
Jury Comments: There was quite of bit of discussion relative to this project.  The precast cylindrical element reminded the jury of the earlier precast concrete buildings that turned horizontal tees to the vertical and created building facades.  The building is very powerful and bold which is enhanced by the use of the precast concrete. The use of precast concrete as the primary building element provided a framework for creating the cylindrical form of the building.  The jury questioned the use of the glazing panels that were applied to the exterior skin of the building, but felt that the use of the precast concrete and the skill by which they were fabricated, created an effective method for securing the glass panels to the building.  We believe that this project represents the essence of the APA Awards and ultimately voted unanimously to award the project an APA Award for Excellence.

Capital Cove (Wyndham Hotel) - National Harbour, MD

Design: WDG Architecture, PLLC Washington, D.C.
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. Woodbridge, VA
Category: Hospitality/Entertainment
Jury Comments: It was clear to the jury that the use of precast on this Hotel, primarily on the first two floors, was intended to set a tone of quality and luxury for the guests. The project truly succeeds in setting that tone. Beyond that, the complexity and deep, three dimensional nature of the forms express a very dynamic structural quality. The architectural precast material is perfectly suited to meeting the demands of this kind of architectural treatment.  The capabilities and inherent quality of the precast allowed the designer the kind of freedom necessary to achieve an exciting experience for the users of this facility and merits an APA Award for Excellence.

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist - Spokane, WA

Design: Charles J. Connick and Associates of Boston/Willet Stained Glass Studio of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
Manufacturer: Dallas Cast Stone Co. Dallas, TX
Category: Trim/Landscape
Jury Comments: This project is proof that bigger is not necessarily better.  Ironically, if there were an award for the least amount precast this project would have won.  The jury was immediately struck by the difficulty and complexity of this historic renovation to the window portions of this gothic structure.  The task was to replace small scale deteriorated limestone used for the tracery and support in large scale stain glass cathedral window walls.  The attention to detail and complexity of the form work is off the charts.  And the end result is a hands down winner for an APA Award for Excellence.

Clarendon Center - Arlington, VA

Design: Torti Gallas & Partners, Inc. Silver Springs, MD
Manufacturer: Modern Mosaic Ltd. Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Category: Residential
Jury Comments: The jury liked the understated combination of brick and precast elements on this project.  The art deco flavor styling in the precast elements is carried to an appreciably high level of detail.  The color and shapes of the precast are a nice counterpoint to the brick.  This is a great use of precast as an integral accent material and deserving of the APA Award for Excellence.

Frisco Square Town Center - Frisco, TX

Design: David M. Schwarz Architectural Services Washington, D.C.
Manufacturer: Advanced Cast Stone, Inc. Everman, TX
Category: Commercial
Jury Comments: The design jury was immediately struck by the use of precast concrete as an accent material to the brick exterior of the building.  The historical design of the building benefits from the use of precast concrete to highlight windows, cornices, and other architectural elements on the building.  The use of precast elements animates the buildings and creates visual interest to the otherwise ordinary brick façade.  We believed that this project represents the effective use of small precast concrete on a building and therefore merits an APA Award for Excellence.

Gilbert Christian High School - Gilbert, AZ

Design: L. Smith - H&S International, LLC Scottsdale, AZ
Manufacturer: Mesa Precast & Supply, LLC Tempe, AZ
Category: Craftsmanship

Haven Avenue Grade Separation - Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Design: PBS&J Orange, CA
Manufacturer: Quick Crete Products Corp. Norco, CA
Category: Craftsmanship

Higher Education Complex - McKinney, TX

Design: PBK Architects Dallas, TX
Manufacturer: Advanced Cast Stone, Inc. Everman, TX
Category: Educational
Jury Comments: The element which convinced the jury that this project was worthy of an APA Award for Excellence was the massive white precast wall which begins as dominant exterior element and extends into the interior to become the focal point of the atrium. The judges agreed that here was a high degree of difficulty which demanded careful control of the color variation and finish in order to be successful. The surface of the precast appears to have a sheen and implied grain which seems to be inspired by Italian marble. The quality control and execution of this precast element is truly remarkable.

Loyola Residence - Chicago, IL

Design: Temple Architects St. Charles, IL
Manufacturer: Architectural Cast Stone, Inc. West Chicago, IL
Category: Craftsmanship

Redmond East Corporate Center - Redmond, WA

Design: Lance Mueller and Associates Seattle, WA
Manufacturer: Olympian Precast, Inc. Redmond, WA
Category: Building Green
Jury Comments: After careful consideration, the jury choose only one entry in the Building Green category for a number of reasons. The building achieved a LEED Gold Shell & Core rating. Although there were other entries in the LEED Gold level of certification, we selected this project because precast was the predominant element and encompassed the majority of the skin. This entrant also appeared to have an accurate and honest assessment on his original submission as to which specific LEED points achieved were attributed specifically to precast. This carried significant weight in our decision making process.

Ritz Carlton - Dallas, TX

Design: Robert A.M. Stern Design New York, NY
Manufacturer: Dallas Cast Stone Co. Dallas, TX
Category: Commercial
Jury Comments: This project used precast concrete to create the building form and to provide intrigue and aesthetic interest to the building.  We believe that the design of the building is reminiscent of the early 1900’s skyscrapers and we appreciated the detailing of the precast on the building.  We also appreciated how the precast concrete was utilized on the landscape and hardscape elements at the base of the building.  We believed that the material choice of precast concrete was integrated throughout the project on a macro scale.  The use of the precast concrete gives the building a feel and look of permanence which can be missing in these building types.  We felt that the color match of the panels was consistent across the building.   We believed that this project was deserving of an APA Award for Excellence for its effective use and representation of precast concrete as a building material.

Southern Methodist University Parking Garage #7 - Dallas, TX

Design: Good Fulton & Farrell Architects Dallas, TX
Manufacturer: Advanced Cast Stone, Inc. Everman, TX
Category: Manufacturing/Industrial
Jury Comments: This four story parking structure features large expanses of precast which prominently mark and define the entry elements on a monumental scale against the contrasting brick infill. The large scale relief “emblems”, while subtle, are well executed and crisp. These features are grounded by a precast rusticated base which wraps the entire perimeter of the building. The detailing has a restrained simplicity which demands consistency in color and finish. The judges agreed that this successful project was deserving of an APA Award for Excellence. This parking structure would enhance even the highest quality contextual settings.

St. James Cathedral Church - Orlando, FL

Design: Kosinski Architecture, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL
Manufacturer: Florida Architectural Precast, Inc. Okeechobee, FL
Category: Craftsmanship

University Club Tower - Milwaukee, WI

Design: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Chicago, IL
Manufacturer: International Concrete Products Germantown, WI
Category: Residential
Jury Comments: The jury felt that this project really represented the full scope of the precast “process”. This was a perfect example of how a range of shapes, from the delicate triple window frame components to the u-shaped vertical column pieces paired with curved panels can work together to create an exciting overall form on a monumental scale. The color consistency was impressive and the end result is deserving of an APA Award for Excellence.

University of Southern California - Los Angeles, CA

Design: AC Martin Partners Architects Los Angeles, CA
Manufacturer: Advanced Cast Stone, Inc. Everman, TX
Category: Educational
Jury Comments: We really liked the way this project incorporated precast with brick to achieve an overall feel and scale to this project.  The way precast is used in this project really gives life to the heart of the project.  The project has a really nice Venetian and urban quality to it.  The designer clearly had an understanding of facilitating social interaction on both a macro and micro scale.  Great thematic design, massing, material juxtaposition, and composition of solid void, great arches, and stairs!  This creation of this place definitely deserves to be a winner of the APA Award for Excellence.

Victory Center - Alexandria, VA

Design: Hickok Cole Architects Washington, D.C.
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. Woodbridge, VA
Category: Medical/Government
Jury Comments: Before the complexity of being bomb blast proof and a façade replacement, the jury was struck by the understated and clean classical elegance of this project.  This entry definitely gets the exterior transformation award.  The project is very successful in breaking down the mass of a large building through the use of a myriad of syncopated scale juxtapositions, groupings, and multiple symmetries.  The attention to detail and diversity of precast panels to pull this of make it a unanimous winner of the APA Award for Excellence.
2010 Award Winners

2010 Judges

Juror

Dave Cook, AIA
SMPC Architects
Albuquerque, NM

Jury Chairman

George Vaughn, AIA, LEED AP
RVK Architects
San Antonio, TX

Juror

Tom Reisenbichler, AIA
Perkins+Will
Dallas, TX

505 9th Street - Washington, DC

Design: Hartman-Cox Architects, LLP Washington, DC
Manufacturer: Modern Mosaic Ltd. Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada
Category: Commercial
Jury Comments: This is an outstanding use of precast in a historical context with great architectural detail and articulation. The project shows great attention to detail in the fenestrations to echo the Washington vernacular.

700 6th Street - Washington, DC

Design: HOK Washington, DC
Manufacturer: Modern Mosaic Ltd. Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada
Category: Building Green
Jury Comments: We thought this was a well executed and detailed office structure with a very stately presence. The variety of façade treatments was impressive and helped to create a contemporary building in a traditional setting.

700 6th Street - Washington, DC

Design: HOK Washington, DC
Manufacturer: Modern Mosaic Ltd. Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada
Category: Craftsmanship

Anschutz Medical Campus - Aurora, CO

Design: Thomas Sayre Raleigh, NC
Manufacturer: Lucas Concrete Products, Inc. Charlotte, NC
Category: Trim/Landscape
Jury Comments: An excellent showcase of an outstanding sculpture executed in precast concrete. By defining the pedestrian parkway, the precast components help visually link multiple buildings of this medical campus. A delightful and playful sculpture of well designed and crafted site elements.

Baron Staff Quarters Dallas Residence - Dallas, TX

Design: Robert A.M. Stern Architects New York, NY
Manufacturer: Dallas Cast Stone Co. Dallas, TX
Category: Residential
Jury Comments: A stately design for a matching addition to an existing grand manor house. Very well executed architectural elements in precast against a field of brick masonry walls. This project has an impressive use of precast that accurately mimics the historical context.

Citi Field - Flushing, NY

Design: Populous Kansas City, MO
Manufacturer: International Concrete Products, Inc. Germantown, WI
Category: Hospitality/Entertainment
Jury Comments: Such an exciting use of precast and brick arches along with accents throughout the new baseball park for the Mets. This is a great use of precast’s modular potential to bring economy to an iconic form.

Citi Field - Flushing, NY

Design: Populous Kansas City, MO
Manufacturer: International Concrete Products, Inc. Germantown, WI
Category: Craftsmanship

Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business Living Learning Complex - Hanover, NH

Design: Goody Clancy Boston, MA
Manufacturer: Northern Design Precast, Inc. Loudon, NH
Category: Educational
Jury Comments: This is a handsome building that contrasts the beauty of concrete with brick masonry walls. Outstanding photography to highlight the precast design.

Devon Energy Hall and Rawl Practice Facility - Norman, OK

Design: Miles & Associates Oklahoma City, OK
Manufacturer: Structural Stone, LLC Oklahoma City, OK
Category: Educational
Jury Comments: Very intricate use of precast window details and architectural walls, creating interesting shading and articulation. Nice expression of materials with deep relief that provides solar shading and functional definition.

Dulles People Mover - Dulles, VA

Design: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Washington, DC
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. Woodbridge, VA
Category: Hospitality/Entertainment
Jury Comments: Fascinating use of precast concrete/terrazzo, finished panels on high traffic interiors project, erected underground, no less – very sophisticated wall designs. Great use of concrete for wall panels that achieves wonderful texture and scale in an unusual location.

Greenwood Baptist Church - Greenwood, SC

Design: Furman Architects Greenwood, SC
Manufacturer: Lucas Concrete Products, Inc. Charlotte, NC
Category: Craftsmanship

Johnson County Sunset Drive Office Building - Olathe, KS

Design: 360 Architecture Kansas City, MO
Manufacturer: Omega Concrete Systems, Inc. Kansas City, KS
Category: Building Green
Jury Comments: Very handsome use of precast to help create a LEED-Gold project in the Green Category. Nicely designed and detailed building on many levels.

Lissa and Cy Wagner Hall - Norman, OK

Design: Architectural Design Group Oklahoma City, OK
Manufacturer: Structural Stone, LLC Oklahoma City, OK
Category: Educational
Jury Comments: Visually striking use of precast stone, architectural accents and entrance design with historical details. Masterful craftsmanship using precast as a major trim element.

Lissa and Cy Wagner Hall - Norman, OK

Design: Architectural Design Group Oklahoma City, OK
Manufacturer: Structural Stone, LLC Oklahoma City, OK
Category: Craftsmanship

Potomac Yard - Land Bay A - Alexandria, VA

Design: Pickard Chilton/Davis, Carter, Scott McLean, VA
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. Woodbridge, VA
Category: Commercial
Jury Comments: Outstanding combination of precast elements and brick masonry to give an enormous project a more personal and embracing human scale. Well balanced blend of tradition with contemporary expression using precast as a strong contrasting feature.

Public Safety & Transportation Operation Center - Fairfax, VA

Design: HOK Washington, DC
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. Woodbridge, VA
Category: Medical/Government
Jury Comments: This is an exciting use of precast as an entire building design concept in contrast to the bold glass – box insertion. Wonderful contemporary architecture that uses precast in its variety of textures and capabilities.

Quintiles - Overland Park, KS

Design: Merriman Schmitt Architects, Inc. Charlotte, NC
Manufacturer: Omega Concrete Systems, Inc. Kansas City, KS
Category: Commercial
Jury Comments: Excellent use of precast as the dominant expression of the exterior building design. An attractive building that captures the repetitive nature of precast.

TCU Brown Lupton Student Union Center - Fort Worth, TX

Design: Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford Fort Worth, TX
Manufacturer: Dallas Cast Stone Co. Dallas, TX
Category: Educational
Jury Comments: This has a stately historical design context, well executed with precast stone accents and architectural elements. Masterful use of precast trim to help blend a new facility into a campus with a traditional vocabulary.

Two Liberty Center - Arlington, CA

Design: SmithGroup, Inc. Washington, DC
Manufacturer: Modern Mosaic Ltd. Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada
Category: Commercial
Jury Comments: Overall a well executed design using an intricate precast concrete wall design and pattern. Straightforward, clean lines that bring strong impact to an urban setting.

University of Oklahoma College of Allied Health - Oklahoma City, OK

Design: The Benham Companies, LLC Oklahoma City, OK
Manufacturer: Structural Stone, LLC Oklahoma City, OK
Category: Medical/Government
Jury Comments: Outstanding precast stone accents and elements integrated with brick masonry walls provide a very distinguished architecture for this campus. This is an amazing use of precast to mimic stone at the monumental entry structures.
2009 Award Winners

2009 Judges

Juror

Carl Shea, AIA
VOA Associates, Inc.
Orlando, FL

Jury Chairman

Ted G. Fery, AIA, CSI
VOA Associates, Inc.
Orlando, FL

Juror

John W. Page, AIA, LEED AP
VOA Associates, Inc.
Orlando, FL

Busch Stadium - St. Louis, MO

Design: HOK St. Louis, MO
Manufacturer: International Concrete Products Germantown, WI
Category: Craftsmanship

Capital View - Washington, DC

Design: Shalom Baranes Associates Washington, DC
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. Woodbridge, VA
Category: Commercial
Jury Comments: This project excels in the use of a simple precast panel system where the crisp and clean reveals support the design intent of creating a visually interesting face pattern, complementing the tastefully contemporary design. The rhythm between solids and voids help breakup the building’s surfaces from a distance, but the true high-point of the architecture is punctuated by the high quality of the consistency of the panel coloration. The precise detailing for fabrication shows sensitivity to the vision of the architectural composition.

FDIC Headquarters - Arlington, VA

Design: Perkin & Will Washington, DC
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. Woodbridge, VA
Category: Medical/Government
Jury Comments: Because of the scale of this project there are a large variety of panel sizes and configurations. The quality control aspect of this aspect of this project can be judged a tremendous success. The continuity of coloration and texture from building to building is impressive. This same statement holds true for the success in matching the existing panel coloration and textures. While the size of this project is impressive, the lower two floors of the entire complex are differentiated to make them more human in scale. Darker polished granite with overhangs and glass entrances accentuate this area where the quality of the panel system is readily apparent.

Four Seasons Fire Pit & Bench - Houston, TX

Design: SWA Architects Houston, TX
Manufacturer: Redondo Manufacturing San Antonio, TX
Category: Craftsmanship

Gaylord National Hotel - National Harbor, MD

Design: Gensler Washington, DC
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. Woodbridge, VA
Category: Hospitality/Entertainment
Jury Comments: This large scale project demanded that a large number of panel types with varying colorations and textures would be necessary. This challenge was successfully and impressively addressed. The degree of difficulty in quality control was increased due to necessity of fabrication taking place at two different locations. To undertake this task and achieve product quality deserving of an award shows a high degree of technical capability. The size of this massive complex is deceptive because of the variety of building cladding used. The precast panels compliment the glazing system in such a way so as to downplay the size of the massive walls creating a play between solid and void, and transparent and opaque. To further emphasize this variety, texturing of the panels beside the windows, while subtle, was handled beautifully.

Loyola Residence Project - Chicago, IL

Design: Temple Architects St. Charles, IL
Manufacturer: Architectural Cast Stone, Inc. West Chicago, IL
Category: Educational
Jury Comments: The precast banding of the fascia has the appearance of concrete that has been extruded through a mold. It looks near perfect. The precast elements accentuate and give character to what would have been a bland brick university building. The continuity of quality of all of the precast elements helps make this addition an appealing facility that beckons you to ‘come inside’.

Marriott North Bethesda - North Bethesda, MD

Design: BBG-BBGM (Phase II), RTKL (Phase I) Washington, DC
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. Woodbridge, VA
Category: Hospitality/Entertainment
Jury Comments: This large scale project demanded a large number of panel types with varying colorations and textures. The taller, main building has good elements to help break down the scale, and the curved portion is also handled very well. The steel and precast column detail is an excellent feature.

Pentagon 9/11 Memorial - Arlington, VA

Design: KBAS Studios Philadelphia, PA
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. Woodbridge, VA
Category: Trim/Landscape
Jury Comments: This visually stunning and moving memorial is a striking tribute to the victims and their families of the attack on the Pentagon on 9/11. The precast elements that make up each bench form are highly sophisticated in their design and construction. The unique configuration of each unit required a craftsman’s hand and a scientist’s intellect to bring to fruition.

Project "X": Government Project - Fort Belvoir, VA

Design: RTKL Baltimore, MD
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. Woodbridge, VA
Category: Medical/Government
Jury Comments: The quality of the columns, capitals, arches and additional elements help create, as well as reinforce, the Mediterranean appearance of this residence. The jury was highly impressed by the quality of work knowing that the producer was responsible for all phases of development, from designing to installation. We were impressed that the load-bearing columns were not only aesthetic but were functional.

Project "X": Government Project - Fort Belvoir, VA

Design: RTKL Baltimore, MD
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. Woodbridge, VA
Category: Craftsmanship

Republic Square - Washington, DC

Design: Leo Daly Washington, DC
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. Woodbridge, VA
Category: Commercial
Jury Comments: This contemporary interpretation of a traditional urban design is successful because the quality of the detailing brings to life the simple yet dignified design of the facade. The subtle coloration change of the building’s base compared to its shaft further establishes the high degree of control during the fabrication process. The quality of the fabrication of the cylinder and dome elements shows a heightened sense of pride for the project.

Ritz-Carlton Club - Washington, DC

Design: Charles Bloszies Architects San Francisco, CA
Manufacturer: Architectural Facades Unlimited, Inc. Gliroy, CA
Category: Hospitality/Entertainment
Jury Comments: This project exemplifies how best to successfully restore a portion of the facade of an existing architectural gem. Not only did the various elements blend with their respective adjacent materials, the systems used showed that a near perfect solution can be achieved. Control from beginning to the end shows a mastery of this type of work. Well done! The level of detail of the new castings matches the level of quality of the original stonework.

Riverway Residental High-Rise - Houston, TX

Design: Gromatzky Dupree Dallas, TX
Manufacturer: Redondo Manufacturing San Antonio, TX
Category: Residential
Jury Comments: This condo project pushes the limit with respect to creating a visually exciting exterior envelope for a multistory tower. The multicolor panel composition is successfully implemented from the building base to its shaft. The layering of surfaces that create vertical shadows which emphasize height at the entry arcade is striking due to the crisp corners, surfaces and joints.
2008 Award Winners

2008 Judges

Juror

Bob Louden
Fentress Architects
Washington, D.C.

Jury Chairman

Luther C. Blair
Wisnewski Blair & Associates, Ltd.
Alexandria, VA

Juror

James Petroulas
Goldman Sachs and Company
New York, NY

Buckhead Village Office & Deck - Atlanta, GA

Design: Corocan Nelson Nardone Atlanta, GA
Manufacturer: Castone Corporation. Opelika, AL
Jury Comments: The judges expressed extreme approval that the project had a precast exterior and internal structure. It made the most of a couple of simple design moves said Jury Chairman Luther Blair; use of classic design concept, base, middle, and top and flush windows on projected bays and recessed windows on the body of the building. The building had a good fit in the context of Buckhead.

Joule Hotel - Dallas, TX

Design: Architexas, Inc./Craig Melde Dallas, TX
Manufacturer: Advanced Cast Stone, Inc. Fort Worth, TX
Jury Comments: The judges commented that the owner deserved credit for taking on such a costly restoration project. They loved the fact that the precaster made molds from the original construction drawings. The restored building was gorgeous, they said.

San Juan Del Rio Catholic Church - Switzerland, FL

Design: Howard Davis Associates Architect PA St. Augustine, FL
Manufacturer: Pedroni's Cast Stone, Inc. Jacksonville, FL
Jury Comments: The APA Awards Judges lauded the design concept with the fore court at the entrance to the church and the seamless merging of art and architecture. They admired the use of cast-stone ornamentation on the interior and exterior; most notably on the spiral columns.

SMU Parking Garage - Dallas, TX

Manufacturer: Advanced Cast Stone, Inc.

Woodland Park (Special Commendation) - Reston, VA

Design: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects Atlanta, GA
Manufacturer: American Stone Virginia, LLC Ladysmith, VA
Jury Comments: The judges remarked that, they liked the uses of the exterior precast as a frame system that was integrated with the window frame system. They thought the execution of dark grey precast was outstanding.
2007 Award Winners

2007 Judges

Juror

Mark A. Philp, AIA
Allen & Philp Architects
Scottsdale, AZ

Jury Chairman

Patrick C. Reshe, FAIA
Architectural Resource Team
Phoenix, AZ

Juror

Barry Goldstein, AIA
VVG Associates
Phoenix, AZ

116th Avenue Bridge - Kirkland, Washington

Manufacturer: Olympian Precast, Inc.

Fairfield College (Special Commendation) - Fairfield, Connecticut

Design: Fletcher-Thompson, Inc. Shelton, CT
Manufacturer: Northern Design Precast, Inc. Loudon, NH
Jury Comments: Very successfully uses precast to mimic and stylize the architecture of the pre-existing buildings that surround the addition. We really liked the precast masonry door step – they thought of everything. The way the doors and windows were framed with precast and inset – especially at the lower level of the cathedral portion adds necessary mass to the lower level of the building. We liked the buttrises, forms – simple yet elegant. The arches for windows denote a high level of craftsmanship – reminiscent of hand crafting on older churches and cathedrals.

Kalamazoo Transportation Center - Kalamazoo, Michigan

Design: Wendel Dusherer AE/ Kingscott Associates Amherst, NY
Manufacturer: Southside Precast. Buffalo, NY
Jury Comments: A quite challenging project to create in precast … a very interesting contrast is created between the steel super structure, the masonry and the best precast, all of which is reinforced by the wonderful rhythm of the arcade. We have a true appreciation of craftsmanship in making the arches work. Collaboration in the early part of the design between architect and precast was evident.

Oklahoma History Center - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Design: Beck Associates Architects Oklahoma City, OK
Manufacturer: Arkansas Precast Corp. Jacksonville, AR
Jury Comments: The project exhibits a masterful use of precast in a challenging architectural composition. The color and texture of the precast augments the limestone and adds richness and balance to the overall palette of materials. Elegant, curves and form, complexity of curves and shape blending were impressive. Building is expressive during daytime and nighttime exposures by the use of lighting. The floating precast curved beams create and interesting look to the overall building.

Skirvin Hotel - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Manufacturer: Structural Stone Architectural Precast

US Department of Transportation - Washington, DC

Design: Michael Graves and Associates & DMJM Arlington, VA
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. Woodbride, VA
Jury Comments: This is a very articulate skin considering the scale of the building and that it is rendered in precast. The exuberant color palette, also difficult to achieve in precast was very refreshing. Consistency of color in a building of this size, great quality control on precast. Although the white seems to be a harsh contrast to the red and green, the consistent use of color makes this very large building tie together as a composition.
2006 Award Winners

2006 Judges

Juror

Ronald M. Quicquaro, AIA, LEED AP
Kaestle Boos Associates
New Britain, CT

Jury Chairman

Charles W. Boos, AIA
Kaestle Boos Associates
New Britain, CT

Juror

Stephen White, AIA
Roger Williams University School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation
Bristol, RI

Firewheel Town Center - Garland, Texas

Design: David M. Schwarz Architectural Services Washington, DC
Manufacturer: Advanced Cast Stone Everman, TX
Jury Comments: The project is significant for its playful and varied use of architectural precast elements—balustrades, capitals, face panels, and small unique details employed at a wide variety of dimensions and scales. The precast elements appear as an art form rather than as decorative elements. The design and execution of the project relies on the precast elements to communicate different retail brands, which is a great success, and which leads to the wide variety of precast elements employed in the project overall.

Franklin Road Academy Library and Technology Center - Nashville, Tennessee

Manufacturer: Advanced Cast Stone, Inc.

Herndon Commerce Center - Herdon, Virginia

Manufacturer: Seaboard Concrete Products, Co.

Laura Lee Blanton Building - Dallas, Texas

Design: Omni Planners Architects Dallas, TX
Manufacturer: Advanced Cast Stone Everman, TX
Jury Comments: The design of the building is totally dependent on the success of design and fabrication of its architectural precast elements, which succeed in creating the building’s monumental scale. The design and execution achieve an accurate continuation of a monumental architectural style, with careful attention to proportions of column capitals, window sconces, and other elements. Each precast component is as close to stone as possible—balustrades, dentils, wall panels, window elements. This building is also significant for the way it has set the standards for two succeeding buildings designed in this area of the campus, through its convincing and extensive use of precast elements. This demonstrates the ability of precast elements to establish a wider campus or urban context.

National D-Day Memorial Folly - Bedford, Virginia

Manufacturer: Architectural Concrete Products

Oklahoma Memorial Stadium - Norman, Oklahoma

Design: HOK-Sports Kansas City, Missouri
Manufacturer: Structural Stone, LLC Oklahoma City, OK
Jury Comments: The project is an elegant blend of structural and precast concrete elements that establish a framework for the stadium functions and its brick façade expression. The design is most notable for the way that precast elements allow what is a very large structure to have a humane scale throughout its overall expression and its finer details. All precast elements are well proportioned, including a memorial obelisk. The building has a bold scale and presence, embodying the nature of its function as a large sports complex.

One Liberty Center - Arlington, Virginia

Design: Smith Group Washington, DC
Manufacturer: Arban & Carosi, Inc. Woodbridge, VA
Jury Comments: This project is an excellent representation of the elegance and richness of Architectural Precast. A balance of meticulous detailing and bold façade articulation was developed to make various elements function together as one successful whole. Deep precast recesses at the pedestrian level of the building function as a base and provide a comfortable rhythm as the building meets the sidewalk. Further upward, simpler patterns of openings work together to form the building’s façade and provide relief to an elegant cornice formed by the upper two stories where the project meets the skyline. A dramatically composed corner capped by an aggressive precast overhang form a strong corner entrance to a building that defines its surroundings.

University of Kentucky: Parking Structure #6 - Lexington, Kentucky

Manufacturer: Columbia Precast, LLC

Vanderbilt Medical Center - Vanderbilt University - Nashville, Tennessee

Manufacturer: Columbia Precast, LLC