Okay, we know you’re not “supposed to” get excited about awards but when we realized that we were taking home the top two design awards for the second year in a row, we have to admit that it felt pretty good.
The Lambright Sports and Wellness Center at Louisiana Tech University was one of only two projects to receive an Honor Award in the category of Architecture. The project was honored among an exceptional field of 54 projects from across the state at the annual AIA Louisiana Design Conference held in Destin on August 2nd. Attending AIA members at the conference also voted to award the Lambright Sports and Wellness Center the sole Members’ Choice Award.
The award recognition is the culmination of a successful collaboration with our joint venture partners, Tipton Associates, who shared our enthusiasm for the project and the design challenges that came along with it. Additional team members included Fenner Consulting, structural engineer, John G. Guth Associates, MEP engineers, and Lincoln Builders served as general contractor. Architecture begins with ideas and this project began, and was guided by, the clear vision of Dr. Jim King, Vice President of Student Affairs.
About the Lambright Sports and Wellness Center:
The $12.5 million, 40,000 sq. ft. expansion of the sports and wellness center synthesizes student athletics on campus by combining a new competitive aquatic center with a variety of recreational, dining, and leisure opportunities that focus on a holistic picture of student wellness mind and body. The zinc clad aquatic center features a 25m NCAA competition pool and provides a monumental presence along the primary campus entry. Rhythmically positioned slender window openings combine with the patterned curtain wall along the street to create a lantern effect at night. The pedestrian approach to the lobby entrance from campus is framed with the one story health and wellness clinic to one side, and a 120’ long screen wall comprised of staggered Garapa wood slats that forms a linear cabana structure that opens to the leisure pool terrace. A series of interconnected indoor/outdoor spaces on the first and second floor include areas for exercise, a rock climbing wall, a food venue, and associated dining. All are sheltered below a 40’ tall “superporch” which opens to expansive views of the recreation pool terrace.
Read the full press release here.