At the AIA 2020 Design Awards Program, 16 projects were highlighted and received Honor, Merit, or Citations Awards. SMBH worked on four of the award winning projects - one Honor Award and three Merit Awards.
The Honor Award: Bath & Body Works Research and Development Center
A fun fact about this distribution center and office is we designed the original building about 25 years ago. The AIA award-winning project was the renovation of an existing mezzanine and the addition of an impressive staircase, which we also designed. Our recently retired founder, Bill Lantz, managed this project in addition to serving as the project engineer.
The Merit Award: Northern Lights Branch Addition & Renovation
SMBH designed the original building, as well as this addition and renovation - part of a $100 million Columbus Metropolitan Libraries program to renovate and add to the library systems in Columbus. Other projects that we worked on that were part of this program include the Main Library downtown renovation, a new branch in Whitehall, and a new branch in Hilliard. Principal Bob Baumann managed this project and worked directly with the architect, DesignGroup.
The Merit Award: View on Grant
This project was a vertical expansion that converted the existing building into apartments. Our Engineer Nathan Miller and BIM Specialist Ben Ervin worked on this project, and Principal Bob Baumann managed the project, working with the architect, Jonathan Barnes.
The Merit Award: Pomerene Hall at The Ohio State University
A significant renovation and addition to a The Ohio State University building that is over 100 years old. Acock Associates was the architect and, as usual with them, the results are stunning. The building was completely transformed and updated while maintaining its historic character. Engineer Nathan Miller and BIM Specialist Ben Ervin also worked on this project, while it was managed by Partner + Director Joe Noser.
The following link has information about all of the projects that received awards along with a lot of great pictures. Enjoy!