Archive: November 5, 2015

Mullins Complex Recognized By AIA Kentucky, And ASU

Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners (MWAP) is pleased to announce the recognition by two leading organizations of the renovation of the James Gamble Rogers Mullins Hall Complex at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) in Louisville, Kentucky. The awards include an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Kentucky Chapter Merit Award for Excellence in Architectural Design, a Citation for Residence Halls from American School and University Magazine (ASU) in their 2015 School Portfolio and a Special Citation from ASU for their 2015 Educational Interiors Showcase. The AIA award was announced at the annual AIA Ohio Valley Region Awards Luncheon on October 12, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. The American School & University Special Citation was announced in the August issue of the American School & University Magazine, and the School Portfolio Citation will be published in the November issue.

Mullins Complex is home to the new residences and administrative space for Boyce College, a feeder school for the SBTS. The project is the first phase of the SBTS master plan. It spans approximately 125,000 square feet and was one of the original buildings on the Rogers and Olmsted designed campus. The completion of the project creates a “Residential College” nested in the predominantly Graduate-level seminary.

The final building houses 350 beds in a quadruple suite arrangement, allowing for both doubles and singles adjacent to common space. There are student lounges scattered throughout the building. A student recreation center was also created which includes a lounge, an amphitheater, a recording studio, a climbing wall and two student kitchen/dining areas. In the building wings and facing the main quadrangle, the Boyce College administration is located in two suites.

MWAP recently completed the new campus master plan for the seminary, and Mullins Hall Complex is one of several buildings by James Gamble Rogers on the Olmsted designed campus. Other plans for improvement on the campus include the creation of a new loop road, the renovation of the Centennial Library, and future expansion of Boyce College into a new western quadrangle.

ALMOST COMPLETE – Union Station Update

Since 2011, Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners (MWAP) has been working on the restoration and modernization of the iconic Union Station in Washington, DC. While the scaffolding in the Main Hall is a visible indication of work being performed, what is not apparent are our efforts behind the scenes out of public view. We thought you would like to get an update on the progress to date.

In the Main Hall, the scaffolding is now in the 5th bay and the gold leaf and plaster ceiling is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. Additional work includes the refurbishment of the East Hall clerestory windows, repairs to the West Hall skylight and the retail concourse arched windows. The east side esplanade and below grade repairs are also nearing completion. In addition, new lighting, signage, and miscellaneous maintenance improvements in the Parking Garage Escalator Pavilion have been underway since Spring and will also be completed by year’s end.

MWAP was initially engaged to prepare a full building and engineering assessment review of the historic train station, which was designed by Daniel Burnham and constructed in 1907. As the original building assessment was nearing completion in August of 2011, a rare 5.8 earthquake in the Piedmont are of Virginia rattled Washington, DC, resulting in damage to the historic vaulted ceiling in the Main Hall. Protective netting and scaffolding were installed to protect the public while the damage was assessed and a course of action for repair and future sustainment was determined. Restoration began in 2013, involving master plasterers, painters and gilders. An entirely new above-ceiling, serviceable HVAC System was simultaneously installed with support from the MWAP Team.

The program is being led by the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation and the resident building management firm, Jones Lang LaSalle. Their joint leadership and vision has been instrumental in implementing such a complex multi-year assignment.

Bay Harbour Master Plan Wins National Design Award

Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners is pleased to announce that it has won a national design award from the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) for the Bay Harbour Waterfront Community Master Plan in Provincetown, Massachusetts. This award represents the third national award MWAP has received in the last three years. The Design Award of Honor will be formerly announced on October 16th at SARA’s Annual National Conference in Miami, Florida.

The concept for the Bay Harbour Community Master Plan was to create a unique luxury development at the site of a former beach hotel located on the east side of the Provincetown harbor. The community was to be developed by the establishment of a uniform plan implemented by both the developer and the individual property owners.. Sited on approximately 7 acres, the 10 homeowners are part of a newly formed association that would be required to maintain and enforce the qualify environment established in the original master plan.

To assure a uniform plan development, design guidelines were prepared for both the landscape design and the building architecture. The landscape guidelines were based on the simple principle of reflecting the natural environment of the site context. Similarly, the architecture guidelines were prepared to reflect and promote the regional aesthetic and scale.

The Society of American Registered Architects was formed in 1956 in Atlanta Georgia by Wilfred J. Gregson as is open to anyone who carries an architectural license. The Credo for the organization is “Architect Helping Architect”.