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.
JURORStephen Ramos AIA,LEED AP
Senior Associate | Project Architect
JURY CHAIRMANC. Dinos Liollio,
AIA, LEED AP | Principal
JURORMarc Marchant AIA,LEED AP
Principal | Office Leader | Charleston
2013-15 AIA Academy of Architecture for Health Board
AAMC HEADQUARTERS – WASHINGTON, D.C.
CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT UNIVERSITY – STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER – NEWPORT NEWS, VA
CITY CENTER (RENTAL BUILDINGS) – WASHINGTON, D. C.
FALLS PARK – GREENVILLE, SC
RIVER OAKS STAND – CHARLOTTE, NC
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY – SALT LAKE CITY, UT
VCU – SCHOOL OF MEDICINE – RICHMOND, VA
BELLVIEW HOTEL EARTHCAST PANELS – RALEIGH, NC
OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT EXPERIENCE CENTER – CORVALLIS, OR
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.
VCU – SCHOOL OF MEDICINE – RICHMOND, VA
2014 Award Winners
Bill Bonstra, FAIA, LEED AP
Michael H. Kang, FAIA, ACHA,
Mark Gilliand, AIA
800 NORTH GLEBE ROAD - ARLINGTON, VA
ANACONDA COURT HOUSE - Anaconda, MT
CARDOZO HIGH SCHOOL - Washington, DC
CITY OF SAN ANTONIO - PUBLIC SAFETY POINT - San Antonio, TX
GILBERT AZ TEMPLE GFRC - Gilbert, AZ
MISSION COUNTY PARK SIGNS - San Antonio, TX
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE - RUANE CENTER FOR THE HUMANITIES - Providence, RI
RALEIGH FALLEN OFFICERS MEMORIAL - Raleigh, NC
REED COLLEGE PERFORMING ARTS BUILDING - Portland, OR
SUNDANCE SQUARE EAST - Fort Worth, TX
TARRANT COUNTY JAIL, LON EVANS CORRECTION CENTER - Fort Worth, TX
THE MATHER NORTH AND SOUTH - Evanston, IL
VILLA SAN JULIETTE WINERY - San Miguel, CA
VIRGINIA TECH HUMAN & AGRICULTURAL BIOSCIENCES BUILDING I - Blacksburg, VA
CARDOZO HIGH SCHOOL - Washington, DC
ST. GREGORY'S BENEDICT HALL REPAIRS AND RENOVATION - Shawnee, OK
TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY - AMON G CARTER STADIUM REDEVELOPMENT - Fort Worth, TX
TRT HOLDINGS HEADQUARTERS - Dallas, TX
TCU RELIEF PANELS - Fort Worth, TX
UNO - Chicago, IL
2013 Award Winners
Mark Vander Voort, AIA, LEED AP
Chuck Freeman, AIA, LEED AP
Patrick Glenn, AIA, REFP, LEED AP
American University School of International Service - Washington, DC
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
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
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
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.
Cultural Mission of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia - Fairfax, VA
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
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
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
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.
LA Sports Museum and Hall of Fame - Natchitoches, LA
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.
Micron Business and Economics Building - Boise, ID
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
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
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
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
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
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.
2012 Award Winners
William D. Chilton, FAIA, RIBA
Stephen M. Smith, AIA
Edward D. Weaver, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
225 VIRGINIA AVENUE (200 I STREET) - Washington, DC
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
855 NORTH WOLFE STREET - Baltimore, MD
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.
THE BROADWAY CONDOMINIUM - San Antonio, TX
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.
CARNEGIE BUILDING - Fort Worth, TX
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.
ECKSTEIN HALL, MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY - Milwaukee, WI
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
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.
HOFFMAN PARKING GARAGE, BLOCK 14 - Alexandria, VA
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
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
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
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”.
SHALOM PARK - Charlotte, NC
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.
SHERMAN CLAY & COMPANY BUILDING RESTORATION - San Francisco, CA
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.
Texas A&M University ETED - College Station, TX
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.
2011 Award Winners
Jonathan B. Kincheloe, AIA, LEED AP
Steve Schmitt, AIA, NCARB
Victor Jones, Jr., AIA, LEED AP
900 NORTH GLEBE ROAD - Arlington, VA
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
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.
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
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.
CAPTIAL COVE (WYNDHAM HOTEL) - National Harbour, MD
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
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
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
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.
HIGHER EDUCATION COMPLEX - McKinney, TX
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.
REDMOND EAST CORPORATE CENTER - Redmond, WA
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
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.
UNIVERSITY CLUB TOWER - Milwaukee, WI
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
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
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.
714 MAIN STREET/ XTO BUILDING - Fort Worth, TX
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.
SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY PARKING GARAGE #7 - Dallas, TX
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.
2010 Award Winners
Dave Cook, AIA
George Vaughn, AIA, LEED AP
Tom Reisenbichler, AIA
BARON STAFF QUARTERS DALLAS RESIDENCE - Dallas, TX
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
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.
DARTMOUTH COLLEGE – TUCK SCHOOL OF BUSINESS LIVING LEARNING COMPLEX - Hanover, NH
DEVON ENERGY HALL AND RAWL PRACTICE FACILITY - Norman, OK
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
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.
JOHNSON COUNTY SUNSET DRIVE OFFICE BUILDING - Olathe, KS
LISSA AND CY WAGNER HALL - Norman, OK
Visually striking use of precast stone, architectural accents and entrance design with historical details. Masterful craftsmanship using precast as a major trim element.
POTOMAC YARD – LAND BAY A - Alexandria, VA
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
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
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
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, VA
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
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.
700 6TH STREET - Washington, DC
ANSCHUTZ MEDICAL CAMPUS - Aurora, CO
505 9TH STREET - Washington, DC
2009 Award Winners
Carl Shea, AIA
Ted G. Fery, AIA, CSI
John W. Page, AIA, LEED AP
CAPITAL VIEW - Washington, DC
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
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.
GAYLORD NATIONAL HOTEL - National Harbor, MD
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.
MARRIOTT NORTH BETHESDA - North Bethesda, MD
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
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.
REPUBLIC SQUARE - Washington, DC
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.
LOYOLA RESIDENCE PROJECT - Chicago, IL
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’.
RIVERWAY RESIDENTAL HIGH-RISE - Houston, TX
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.
PROJECT "X": GOVERNMENT PROJECT - Fort Belvoir, VA
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.
THE RITZ-CARLTON CLUB - Washington, DC
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.
2008 Award Winners
Luther C. Blair
BUCKHEAD VILLAGE OFFICE & DECK - Atlanta, Georgia
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
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
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.
WOODLAND PARK (Special Commendation) - Reston, VA
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
Mark A. Philp, AIA
Patrick C. Reshe, FAIA
Barry Goldstein, AIA
KALAMAZOO TRANSPORTATION CENTER - Kalamazoo, Michigan
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
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.
US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - Washington, DC
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.
FAIRFIELD COLLEGE (Special Commendation) - Fairfield, Connecticut
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.
2006 Award Winners
Ronald M. Quicquaro, AIA, LEED AP
Charles W. Boos, AIA
Stephen White, AIA
OKLAHOMA MEMORIAL STADIUM - Norman, Oklahoma
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.
LAURA LEE BLANTON BUILDING - Dallas, Texas
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.
FIREWHEEL TOWN CENTER - Garland, Texas
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.
ONE LIBERTY CENTER - Arlington, Virginia
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.