RDG Planning & Design Wins Regional Design Awards
The Central States Region of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) named RDG Planning & Design as recipient of two design awards, presented at their convention in Omaha, Nebraska on September 15th. The Iowa State Capitol Interior Rehabilitation received an Honor Award for Interiors, and Goodwill Industries of Omaha received a Merit Award for Architecture. These projects were recognized for excellence in design, out of 166 submittals made by design firms within the five states of the Central States Region.
Originally constructed from 1873 to 1884, the Statehouse has been a source of great pride for generations of Iowans. Following an initial study in 1981, RDG has led a series of major restoration projects for this unique building. Badly deteriorating exterior sandstone elements have either been resurfaced, or replaced with color-matched limestone. New energy-efficient wood windows duplicate the original windows, and the copper roof and skylights have been replaced. Throughout the interior of the building, major restoration has been performed, including careful re-creation of light fixtures, restoration of decorative painting and stenciling, and installation of a modern electronic voting system. “This thorough and careful restoration brings the state capitol up to current standards without compromising the integrity of the original building. The architects exhibited restraint and respect in their efforts”, stated a jury member.
The Goodwill Industries project of Omaha was designed as a re-branding of a non-profit thrift store on a very modest budget. “A dynamic glass cube entry pavilion transforms a simple warehouse structure into a beacon and a welcoming environment”, were comments made by the jury.