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Thompson Memorial Library at Ohio State University won AIA Columbus' "ArChallenge" Regional Conteporary Bracket
William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio won the "ArChallenge" Regionals in its Contemporary Bracket. ArChallenge is an initiative of AIA Columbus (the American Institute of Architects, Columbus, Ohio Chapter) that asks the public to explore architecture in the community – from the early 1900’s when AIA Columbus was founded to present day – and appreciate the cultural significance architecture plays in our lives. An independent jury of architects, preservationists and architectural aficionados identified Thompson Memorial Library as one of 64 buildings that represent the “best-of-the-best” of architecture in Columbus. Each week, public votes have recognized Thompson Memorial Library as a favorite in the Contemporary category, advancing the award-winning library through four rounds of voting into the semi-finals. Read more about the competition here.

Read more about Thompson Memorial Library here.
David Zenk, AIA, LEED AP BD+C and Christine Verbitzki, AIA, LEED AP BD+C were project architects for the Thompson Library project and were highly involved in the planning and design process. Contact David or Christine for more information. Acock Associates Architects served as Architect of Record for the project.
AIA New England recognizes GUND projects in the 2013 AIA New England Design Awards Program
Horvitz Hall, the new Studio Arts Building at Kenyon College was recognized with an AIA New England Merit Award. Situated on a hillside, the building is defined by three north-facing window bays that reveal the arts activities within and provide studios with indirect light, which is ideal for art-making. The project grew out of a broader campus master planning goal of increasing the visibility and participation in the arts, and completes a new arts precinct with the nearby gallery and music buildings.

"The jury very much appreciated the clean, modern building, which is well incorporated into a traditional campus. The spaces encourage creative collaboration, and represent to the highest values of a liberal arts campus," as stated by the AIA New England design awards jury.
The Copley Square MBTA Accessibility Improvements in Boston, Mass. was recognized with an AIA New England Citation. Located in the heart of Boston’s Copley Square, this series of new entrance structures transformed a vital hub in the City’s public transportation system. Working in collaboration with STV, the project engineer and prime consultant, GUND's design creates fully accessible entrances that contribute to the vibrancy of the streetscape.

Described by the AIA New England design awards jury, "The light modern structures fit in well to the iconic Copley Square area. They are sophisticated, delightful entrances to the Boston transit system."
David Zenk, AIA, LEED AP BD+C led the Horvitz Hall project. Contact David for more information.
GUND celebrates the opening of new residences at Westminster School

GUND celebrates the opening of new Student and Faculty Residences at Westminster School in Simsbury, Conn., which coincides with the school's 125th anniversary. Community among students and among students and faculty is the hallmark of Westminster’s residential experience. Advancing several campus master planning goals, the new residences enhance the social experience for students, bring a greater number of faculty families into the heart of the student residential area, and shape a more cohesive campus fabric. The first component of this phased initiative includes two new student residence halls with faculty apartments and a new faculty carriage house, in addition to landscape improvements to the residential green. The buildings were designed to earn an Energy Star rating. A range of sustainable design features, including geothermal heat pumps, reduce the buildings' energy and water consumption and create healthy living environments. Read more about the new residences here.

Christine Verbitzki, AIA, LEED AP BD+C was the project architect and project manager, and Graham Gund, FAIA, LEED AP led the design. Contact Christine for more information.

Perkins' Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology received an AAB/BSA Accessible Design Honor Award

The Massachusetts Architectural Access Board (AAB) with the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) recognized the Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology with a 2013 Accessible Design Honor Award. GUND's Christine Verbitzki, AIA, LEED AP BD+C and Brent Hanson, LEED AP accepted the award with Perkins President Steven Rothstein. As Perkins' first ever social hub for students, the Grousbeck Center combines technology and recreational amenities to facilitate education, vocational training and social skills development. In addition to the student-focused areas, the Grousbeck Center also includes dedicated training facilities for Perkins teachers and visiting educators. GUND's design incorporates a variety of innovative universal design concepts that appeal to all the senses and engage the diverse student body. The LEED Silver certified project opened in 2011. Collaborative Lighting of Concord, Mass. was the lighting designer. Read more about the Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology at Perkins.

Christine Verbitzki, AIA, LEED AP BD+C was the project manager and project architect. Contact Christine for more information.

Gund Gallery at Kenyon College received BSA Education Award
The Gund Gallery at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio was recognized by the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) with an Education Facilities Design Award. Engaging a wide range of visual languages and cultures, and fostering participatory, multisensory experiences, the new Gallery embodies liberal arts education by encouraging students to exercise critical and creative thinking in the interdisciplinary investigation of the visual.
Located in the heart of Kenyon's academic campus core, the Gallery was designed as a beacon for the arts. In addition to the public gallery, the 31,300 square-foot building is also home to the art history department with classrooms, offices, visual resource library and a 132-seat lecture hall.

Read more about the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College.
Graham Gund, FAIA, LEED AP, a Kenyon College graduate, led the design and Scott Westerbeke, LEED AP BD+C was the project manager. Contact Scott for more information.
Thompson Memorial Library at Ohio State University received BSA Education Award
The William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio received an Education Facilities Design Award from the Boston Society of Architects (BSA).
Thompson Memorial Library is the main library at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. It serves more than 54,000 undergraduate and graduate students. GUND's design strategy united the sprawling complex and rekindled an admiration of the library among the campus community. The new Thompson Library draws about 12,000 students a day — more than three times the daily gate count than prior to the renovation and expansion.

Read more about the project here.
David Zenk, AIA, LEED AP BD+C and Christine Verbitzki, AIA, LEED AP BD+C were project architects for the Thompson Library project and were highly involved in the planning and design process. Contact David or Christine for more information. GUND Partnership was the Design Architect and Acock Associates Architects served as Architect of Record for the project.
LEED Gold certification was achieved by Service Credit Union Headquarters

The new corporate headquarters for Service Credit Union in Portsmouth, N.H. achieved LEED Gold certification. Inspired by Service Credit Union’s local roots and global mission of service to its members, GUND designed their new world headquarters to promote comprehensive sustainability, elevate member and employee value, and enable investment in new technologies. The 100,000 square-foot building creates a new regional landmark and iconic corporate image for the growing credit union.

The design incorporates a range of strategies including geothermal heat exchange, raised floor systems, Co2 monitoring, high performance glazing and envelope improvements. Thermal photovoltaic panels mounted on the roof of the building provide access to renewable energies. Daylight harvesting, automated dimmers and shades, occupational sensors, and plug load reductions provide further energy efficiencies. With 100 percent green energy credit purchases and future plans to integrate a larger photovoltaic array on site, the credit union is taking advanced steps toward carbon neutrality.

A significant amenity for staff is the 17.1-acre site. A former brownfield, the landscape is now richly planted with .33 miles of walking trails and outdoor seating areas that encourage staff to take advantage of the open space. Native plantings that bloom incrementally throughout the growing season connect the site with the surrounding landscape and reduce maintenance and water needs. Read more about the Service Credit Union Headquarters here.

Meng Howe Lim AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Dan Rutledge AIA, LEED AP BD+C, and Sarah Rozler AIA, LEED AP BD+C, played key roles in the Service Credit Union Headquarters. Contact Eric, Dan, or Sarah for more information.

Penn State Trustees approved GUND Partnership's renovation and expansion plans to the Hetzel Union Building (HUB)

Penn State trustees approved GUND Partnership's plans for the renovation and expansion to the Hetzel Union Building (HUB), Pennsylvania State University's main student union building in University Park. The HUB is Penn State's center of student activity, situated in the heart of the campus core. Responding to a significant increase in usage and student space needs, the project creates a dramatic central gathering space, informal social and dining areas, the university’s first inhabitable green roof, a flex theater and a range of multipurpose rooms, in addition to improved retail and student service areas.

This complex infill project re-purposes an underutilized alleyway and includes a 55,000 square-foot addition and 52,000 square feet of renovation. GUND's design also improves pedestrian circulation and accessibility through and around the facility and enhances the visual character of the eastern side of the building. Gilbane Construction Company is the construction manager. The project is slated for completion in 2015. Read more about the HUB Renovation and Expansion at Penn State University.

David Zenk, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is the principal leading the project. Contact David for more information.

Gund Gallery at Kenyon College received SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture Award
The Gund Gallery at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio received a 2013 Excellence in Architecture Merit Award from the Society of College and University Planning (SCUP) and the American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education (AIA-CAE). Housing a public gallery and academic facilities for the art history department, the Gund Gallery opened in 2011 and is part of a larger campus planning initiative to increase visibility and participation in the arts. The building acts as a magnate for students and community members alike and creates new forum for learning through art and visual culture.

Read more about the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College.
Graham Gund, FAIA, LEED AP, a Kenyon College graduate, led the design and Scott Westerbeke, LEED AP BD+C was the project manager. Contact Scott for more information.
Perkins’ Grousbeck Center receives Lighting Award from IES New England

Imagined as a place where visually impaired students can be brought into the vernacular of today’s culture, so heavily entrenched in technology, the new Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology is a vibrant campus hub that encourages innovation, communication and independence, and also expands the school’s teacher training programs and educational outreach. The LEED Silver certified project opened in 2011. The building incorporates a variety of innovative universal design concepts that appeal to all the senses and engage the diverse student body. Read more about the Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology at Perkins.

Christine Verbitzki, AIA, LEED AP BD+C was the project manager and project architect. Contact Christine for more information.

GUND Partnership brings theatre design expertise to USITT National Conference
Meng Howe Lim, AIA, LEED AP spoke with an acoustician and several leading theatre planning, programming and design experts at the USITT annual conference. Responding to specific case studies, the panel offered unique solutions and methods to resolving common space use and technical issues.

Tech Talk: Solving Theatre Space Problems
USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo
Milwaukee, WI, March 20-23
USITT website
Meng Howe Lim, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is the project manager for the new Performing Arts Building at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. Contact Meng Howe for more information.
Gund Gallery at Kenyon College received BSA Design Award
The Boston Society of Architects recognized the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College with a 2012 Honor Award for design excellence. Engaging a wide range of visual languages and cultures, and encouraging participatory, multisensory experiences, the new Gund Gallery embodies liberal arts education by encouraging students to exercise critical and creative thinking in the interdisciplinary investigation of the visual.
Creative programming enriches the student experience and forges new academic links with the Kenyon curriculum. Supporting a variety of exhibit formats, the 6,200-square-foot space features flexible partitions and north-facing skylights with controllable aluminum louvers. The LEED Silver certified building utilizes a geothermal system for heating and cooling and sophisticated climate controls appropriate for the museum quality facilities.

Read more about the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College.
Graham Gund, FAIA, LEED AP, a Kenyon College graduate, led the design and Scott Westerbeke, LEED AP BD+C was the project manager. Contact Scott for more information.