VMDO is proud to announce that the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) and AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (AIA CAE) have honored two VMDO projects with awards this year. Virginia Wesleyan University's Greer Environmental Sciences Center received a Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture for a New Building and the renovation / addition of Georgia Tech's Glenn and Towers Residence Halls received a Merit Award for Excellence in Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse.
Virginia Wesleyan University's Greer Environmental Sciences Center
The Greer Environmental Sciences Center elevates Virginia Wesleyan University’s commitment to environmental sustainability and advocacy for a thriving, cross-disciplinary sciences program. Occupying the last building location on the university’s main quad, the LEED Gold facility acts as a portal for students traversing campus – connecting them to the building’s dynamic program and natural context through a series of transparent layers and pathways brimming with native flora and fauna. Designed to honor former President Greer’s commitment to environmental sustainability, the building creates an inspiring sense of place that sets a new standard for how the built environment can facilitate hands-on learning opportunities, catalyze regional research partnerships, and raise the caliber of campus planning and design for a small liberal arts university.
Georgia Tech's Glenn and Towers Residence Halls
Glenn and Towers Residence Halls are home to over 600 freshmen. By hosting Georgia Tech’s Freshman Experience, the buildings help incoming residents build a personal and academic foundation within the context of a diverse and inclusive community. The LEED Gold revitalization of the halls improves connectivity and removes barriers to the way students interact – with one another and with the larger Georgia Tech campus. A top engineering and science university, Georgia Tech needed a design that would allow students to experience the kinds of spaces they will one day live and work in – specifically, flexible spaces that dissolve boundaries between work and play, study and socializing. The design of a glass-wrapped connector building, situated between the two residence halls, supports and showcases a nearly endless combination of student activities while creating a graceful strategy for surmounting a topographically challenging site from the street up into a renewed quad for Glenn and Towers residents.
More information about this year's SCUP award winners can be found at this link.