RDG Awarded by AIA Nebraska

OMAHA, NE–AIA Nebraska held its 2009 Excellence in Design Awards Banquet Sept. 24th in Lincoln. The contest Jury chose the winning projects from among 70 entries by Nebraska architects. RDG Planning & Design had an excellent showing winning 5 awards in 3 categories. Congratulations to the RDG team members responsible for the outstanding projects. These achievements were in pursuit of the lofty goal of bettering our communities with socially relevant architecture. Most importantly, these projects met the needs of our clients and function well for their intended purposes.

Knight Museum, Top Honor Award
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Sandhills Center at the Knight Museum
Owner: Bob Knight, Photographer: Tom Kessler

Jury Comments: The existing building is redefined and the expansion is seamlessly engaged, creating a completely new visitor experience. The minimal surface treatments, the modest presentation of materials, and the wash of daylight work together to create a rich embrace.
First National Bank, Citation Award
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First National Bank at Metro Crossing
Owner(s): First National Bank, Photographer: Tom Kessler

Jury Comments: A bank on a commercial strip starts with a big idea that both organizes the plan and sets the material tone of the project. The over-scale glass fin slices through the building mass, and then reappears within to set the palette for interior spaces.
First National Bank, Merit Award
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First National Bank at Metro Crossing
Owner(s): First National Bank, Photographer: Tom Kessler

Jury Comments: The internally lit glass cavity wall glows, making a strong external beacon, while also informing the interiors with its transparency and color. The translucent images of local prairie grasses and flowers contrast nicely with the simple masses of the main building.
Union Pacific Childcare, Honor Award
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Union Pacific Childcare
Owner(s): Union Pacific, Photographer: Farshid Assassi

Jury Comments: A barrel roof defines the simple scale of the overall childcare facility, while the eccentrically placed interior volume allows the creation of kids’ activity spaces along the circulation. The mural of the Union Pacific employees links children and their families in this train station allusion.
Child Saving Institute, Citation Award
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Child Saving Institute
Owner(s): Child Saving Institute, Photographer: Tom Kessler

Jury Comments: Spectacular makeover of a relatively solid box into an uplifting day-lit facility for the caring of children.
RDG Planning & Design offers professional services in architecture, landscape architecture, interior and lighting design, strategic planning, urban and comprehensive planning, and graphic design. RDG and its predecessor companies have been serving clients since 1965. The firm currently has active projects in more than 25 states.

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