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SPSU building earns gold from Brick Industry Association

SPSU building earns gold from Brick Industry Association

Design II Building

Marietta, Ga., (July 28, 2011) – The Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) Design Studio II, designed by the Atlanta-based architectural firm , Cooper Carry, Inc., was selected to receive a GOLD AWARD for Design Excellence, which demonstrated a creative and flexible use of brick as a construction material. The 2011 Brick in Architecture Awards given by the Brick Industry Association (BIA) honors the highest level of brick design excellence that offers high performance and sustainability, spanning all building sectors. Projects for judging were submitted from 25 states, which reflects the national reach and stature of this program.

This year’s winning projects showed a growing trend toward brick as the main element in sustainable design that delivers aesthetic flexibility that matches the architect’s imagination and desires,” said BIA President and CEO Gregg Borchelt, P.E.

According to Mark Jensen, a principal with Cooper Carry’s Science & Technology Studio, the reasons for choosing brick included its quality, long-term durability, environmental friendliness, aesthetics, low maintenance, thermal mass and design flexibility through color, texture, rhythm, human scale, pattern and repetition.

Cooper Carry designed the new 14,600 square-foot architecture studio addition which is tracking towards LEED Gold certification. The building houses SPSU’s second-year architectural design studios. The architecture program at SPSU offers a five-year professional degree in architecture and is the only five-year Bachelor of Architecture program in the State of Georgia. The building site rests on a hillside that slopes down fifteen feet below the existing first-year studio building. Therefore, the roof terrace of the building rests at the first floor elevation of the existing building, creating a green roof patio and outdoor classroom shared between the two buildings.

“Most distinctive about this building’s use of brick and design overall, is that the building may be utilized as a teaching device for students. This building is the newest studio at SPSU for second year architecture students. It is here that students will be able to learn the fundamentals of construction and material use,” said Dr. Wilson Barnes, dean of SPSU’s School of Architecture, Civil Engineering Technology and Construction.

“We are delighted that our newest addition to the campus has been singled out for its design and sustainability. We congratulate Cooper Carry and their team of architects and designers and of course the craftsmen who played an integral part in the design and installation for which this award was given,” he added.

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