Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Texas Projects by 2011 AIA Firm of the Year

Based in Kansas City, Mo., Berkebile Nelson Immenschuh McDowell Architects (BNIM) shares the glory of being named the 2011 AIA Architecture Firm Award with its four satellite offices. Among them is the Houston office, which opened in 2001.

From its founding in 1970, BNIM has been at the forefront of developing the art and science of sustainable architecture. That same approach extends to the work developed from the Houston office, which includes two projects recognized in 2006 with TSA Design Awards. Both projects – Fayez S. Sarofim Research Building and the School Of Nursing And Student Community Centerare located at the University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center within the Texas Medical Center.

The Sarofim Research Building (shown above), home of the Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine (IMM), was designed for a tight urban site. The facility supports research collaboration in the field of molecular medicine, particularly in genetics and proteomics and bioinformatics. The IMM houses dry and wet laboratories, offices, conference areas, and a 200-seat assembly facility. The design is intended to nurture a dynamic, interactive environment conducive to research and learning.

The School Of Nursing And Student Community Center (shown above), designed in collaboration with Lake/Flato Architects, is one of Houston’s premier teaching institutions for health-related professions. The design team and client recognized that the project offered the opportunity to take the lead in the creation of a healthy work environment. Goals of increased air quality, increased natural daylighting, reduction of polluting emissions and run-off, and increased user satisfaction and productivity were achieved using the LEED rating system as a platform. The building includes approximately 20,000 square feet of state-of-the-art classrooms, a 200-seat auditorium, cafĂ© and dining room, bookstore, student lounge, student government offices, research laboratory, and faculty offices.

BNIM will be presented with the 2011 AIA Firm of the Year Award during ceremonies at this year’s AIA Convention in New Orleans.

For more information, see the recent article in AIArchitect [].

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