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Arts and Sciences Building Design Honored

Akron, Ohio, Jan. 14, 2004 — A centerpiece of The University of Akron's New Landscape For Learning campus enhancement project exemplifies architectural brilliance in an educational setting, according to a national magazine devoted to the business of managing school facilities.

The design of the University's new Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences building was honored in the post-secondary buildings category in American School & University magazine's recent “Architectural Portfolio 2003: The Sourcebook for Award-winning and Outstanding Education Design.”

The $16 million, 127,211-square-foot facility, completed in August 2002, features a four-story glass atrium, an amphitheatre in the classic Greek tradition and technology-rich classrooms. The building was designed by URS Greiner Woodward Clyde Architects of Akron, and construction was managed by the Ruhlin/Kenmore Joint Venture of Akron.

The magazine gathered prestigious education administrators and architects to serve as jurors for the competition, which evaluated more than 200 school and university design projects.

The winning designs contained characteristics such as outstanding architecture, support for learning, adaptability/flexibility, integrated and skillful use of site, sustainability, ability to serve as a community resource, regulatory compliance, attention to security and cost-effectiveness.

“This building was designed to create a strong new archetype for the University's new campus master plan and to anticipate a more collegial vocabulary for a rejuvenated campus,” the jury members noted in the issue. “Situated on a significant intersection near the center of campus, the building frames a new campus ‘green' and becomes an architectural gateway.”

The recent honor is a testament to the innovative ideas and collaborative effort behind the University's New Landscape For Learning initiative, says Ted Curtis, AIA, UA's vice president for capital planning and facilities management.

“The Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences building has truly been a dream project of which to be associated,” Curtis says. “We are pleased that the hard work in creating this amazing facility is being recognized on a national stage.”

American School & University magazine serves the general administrative, business and plant-management personnel in public school districts, private and parochial schools, junior colleges and universities. Its mission is to provide relevant information about construction, design, planning, retrofit, operations, maintenance and management of educational facilities.

For more information on the competition, go to www.schooldesigns.com.

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