Local architect firms honored for work

Brian Fitzsimmons, of Fitzsimmons Architects, poses for a photos in front of 430 Lofts in Midtown, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014.  (Garett Fisbeck)

Brian Fitzsimmons, of Fitzsimmons Architects, poses for a photos in front of 430 Lofts in Midtown, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (Garett Fisbeck)

The American Institute of Architects’ Central Oklahoma Chapter honored several local firms during its 2014-2015 AIA Central Oklahoma Design Excellence Awards Program last month.

“The AIA Central Oklahoma Design Excellence Awards program celebrates the best in architecture and urban design,” said Melissa Hunt, Executive Director for AIA’s Central Oklahoma Chapter. “We are excited to showcase this exceptional architecture and design from our local Oklahoma architects.”

Butzer Gardner Architects received the evening’s highest honor with an Honor Award for Slivr in the commercial architecture category.  Also in the commercial architecture category, Studio Architecture was awarded a Merit Award for the OSU Sherman E. Smith Training Center and the third award in commercial architecture, a Merit Award was given to Mass Architects for the Davis Field Regional Airport Terminal.

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris was honored with a Merit Award in residential architecture for Lake Texoma Dockominium and in the interiors category, Elliott + Associates Architects was awarded a Merit Award for the OSU Postal Plaza Gallery.

In the adaptive reuse category a Merit Award was given to Fitzsimmons Architects for 430 Lofts and a Merit Award to Elliott + Associates Architects for Lingo Construction Services.

430 Lofts, which was originally a two story office building, was converted into residential lofts and represents a modern design that Terri Sadler, administrative director for Fitzsimmons Architects, said is a style growing in popularity across the city.

“There is still a lot of traditional stuff going up but we are getting back to a simple and modern design,” Sadler said. “It seems that the whole trend towards green living and a simpler lifestyle is showing up in design in Oklahoma City.”

Ben Felder

Ben is a news reporter covering local politics, City Hall and education in urban Oklahoma City. He lives in OKC with his wife, Lori, and son, Satchel. Ben holds a masters in news media journalism from Full Sail University and is an OKC transplant from Kansas City, Mo. Twitter: @benfelder_okg

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