Please consider the following Medium Commercial Projects submitted in this year's AIA Eastern Oklahoma Design Excellence Awards. The link to vote for your favorite can be found at the bottom of this page.
in downtown Bartlesville, Oklahoma, this newly created facility was designed to
give kids in the community a safe and exciting space to learn and grow. After
facing limitations in their previous 50 year old building, the new facility is
now easily accessible to kids in the community and provides equal opportunities
for those who walk through the doors. Using the history of the Boys and Girls
Club to fuel the design of the new campus, a space was created that would meet
club goals both today and in the future.
The Girl Scouts of Eastern
Oklahoma had outgrown their original building and considered expansion. After
careful consideration, Girls Scouts and Beck jointly created a building program
that addressed current and future growth requirements with associated cost
estimates. After careful review, a determination was made that they would
design a building in a more central location and one that would express the
Girl Scouts’ culture and symbolism.
Piedmont College’s new
Student Commons seemingly grows out of the sloping site. The interior atrium
slices through the building in a curved manner that follows the natural slope
of the site, creating the main circulation spine. The atrium becomes a major
focal point that brings natural light into the interior spaces. This infusion
of natural light creates spaces that bridge the outside elements into the
building. This building is one that is highly utilized by students and faculty
for meetings, study groups and collaboration.
What started as a narrow, focused project
became a larger master planning exercise as our client’s goals became evident.
By taking a step back to look at broader goals, we were able to combine what
had been planned to be multiple disparate projects and merge them into one cohesive
design. Initially the project scope involved dressing up the face of an
existing field house. The addition immediately addressed this need with a
highly visible entry and monumental sign tower. However, the school was facing
a shortage of classrooms, needed additional dining space, and wanted to
reorient the traffic flow around their campus. Instead of just re-facing the
existing fieldhouse, the addition extended outward to physically connect the
fieldhouse to an existing classroom building. By connecting the two buildings,
a new a secure, corridor was created so that students no longer had to travel
outside to access the fieldhouse. Multiple grade changes between the buildings
were treated as opportunities to introduce monumental stairs that serve as
breakout spaces for students to relax and study on.