HGA Wins Four AIA MN Honor Awards for Design Excellence

HGA Wins Four AIA MN Honor Awards for Design Excellence


HGA Architects and Engineers won four Honor Awards for architectural excellence in AIA Minnesota's annual awards program.

Winners included the Laird Norton Addition at the Winona County History Center in Winona, Minnesota; the School of Visual, Performing and Communication Arts at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, California; the Uptown Performance & Visual Arts Campus at Columbus State University Riverpark in Columbus, Georgia; and the Visual & Performing Arts Village at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California.

Laird Norton Addition, Winona County History Center
Located in Winona's downtown historic district overlooking the Mississippi River bluffs, the Laird Norton Addition at the Winona County History Center enhances the distinctive character of the museum's 1915 Armory while establishing a welcoming architectural presence that beckons museum patrons with permanent and changing exhibits, public programming and community outreach. The three-level, 12,400-square-foot addition includes a lobby and gift store; multipurpose room on the 2nd floor; artifact/collection storage on the lower level; and partial Armory remodeling.

The jurors praised the addition for being "extremely well crafted. We were seduced by the lushness of materials and attention to detail. The design successfully integrated the existing building with the new structure to create a consistent architectural expression."

School of Visual, Performing and Communication Arts, Chaffey College
Working with Chaffey College to consolidate its growing arts programs scattered throughout this community college campus, HGA developed a campus master plan that conceives of a new "Arts Village" at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains on the edge of campus. As a key part of the master plan, HGA designed two buildings totaling 52,000 square feet to enhance campus circulation, site views, and natural light. The larger Art Center for dance, visual arts and digital media sits at the foothill, strategically oriented as the village gateway on the northern perimeter. The smaller Music Building steps down toward the lower side of the site to define the eastern perimeter.

The jurors called the Art Village an "elegant, effective piece of architecture in which the master plan skillfully relates the new buildings to the campus and existing 1960s buildings. There is a consistent sense of detail from inside to outside, in which all spaces are well thought-out. This is an excellent example of architecture as urban design."

Uptown Performance & Visual Arts Campus, Columbus State University
The Uptown Performance & Visual Arts Campus at Columbus State helps rejuvenate a historic part of downtown Columbus, Georgia, while raising the visibility of the college's growing arts programs. Consisting of a renovated cotton warehouse for studio arts and a new performance complex for theater programs along the Chattahoochee River, the 125,000-square-foot campus seamlessly blends two distinct programs into a single building to create synergy between disciplines.

The jurors praised the Arts Campus for being a "serious, solid citizen. This is an intervention, restoration and addition, in which all the architectural and programming elements are handled carefully throughout, creating something quite noble."

Visual & Performing Arts Village, Cabrillo College
Guided by a comprehensive campus master plan, the Visual & Performing Arts Village raises the visibility of the Cabrillo College's growing theater, music and visual arts programs. The eight-acre site orients five buildings around a series of courtyards, reinforcing campus community and promoting interdisciplinary interaction among students and faculty. The 125,600-square-foot complex includes a Theater Arts Building with 580-seat theater and black-box theater; Music Building with recital hall; 3-D art studio; 2-D art studio; lecture forum; and three exterior courtyards.

The jurors called Cabrillo Arts Village "unabashedly modern, among the best architecture in that part of the state. The design presents a hierarchy of forms, materials and details that modulate the scale to create a quiet, elegant sense of place."