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2009 Design Awards

Honor Award
Design Architect & Architect of Record: NBBJ
Associate Architect: Bostwick Design Partnership
Project Name: Cleveland Clinic Miller Family Pavilion & Glickman Tower
Owner: Cleveland Clinic
Photographers: Tom Arban, Benjamin Benschneider, Paul Warchol

The Cleveland Clinic embarked on a two-building, 1.3 million-square-foot expansion to create a new gateway, main lobby and additional medical space. The clinic’s top-rated heart hospital – previously spread throughout the campus – is consolidated in the Miller Family Pavilion. The adjoining Glickman Tower houses the clinic’s Urological and Kidney Institute. The addition utilized the current facility’s main material palette of glass, granite and aluminum panels, which provides contextual consistence. The double-height main lobby features luminous white walls complemented by terrazzo floors, frosted interior glass and floor-to-ceiling windows that welcome natural light. Patient rooms include floor-to-ceiling windows, providing natural light and a connection to the outside.

Honor Award
Architect: Acock Associates Architects
Project: CCAD Design Square Apartments
Owner: Columbus College of Art & Design
Photographers: Feinknopf Photography, Pavan Peter

The Design Square Apartments are housed in a new five-story building providing housing for Columbus College of Art and Design students. Glass and concrete were selected to match the Crane Design Center, another prominent building on campus. Features include a first-floor lobby, media room, laundry, fitness center, cafeteria and convenience store. Wall panels in the hallways of remaining floors provide space for students to display their work. There are 48 four-bedroom apartments and 8 two-bedroom apartments. Living/dining rooms have floor-to-ceiling glass providing spectacular views. The configuration of the interior spaces pushed out to the exterior skin allowed the building to have a compact footprint, made it a financially successful venture for CCAD.

Merit Award
Architect of Record: Acock Associates Architecture
Design Architect: Gund Partnership
Project Name: Thompson Library
Owner: The Ohio State University
Photography: Feinknopf Photography


After a 27-month renovation, the $108 million William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library totals 306,000 gross square feet, with 91,000 square feet of addition and 215,000 square feet of renovation and restoration. Challenges included merging construction and additions from 1913 to the present and blending building styles and materials that supported images of a traditional library into an active, technological and collaborative information destination. The library’s front was restored, while a discordant, dysfunctional 1977 addition on the west was removed and transformed in a second main entrance with a new western identity. The library’s collection is now prominently displayed through use of transparency and openness. Two sky-lit atria welcome daylight into the center of the building. Seating increased from 850 to 1,800.

Merit Award
Architect: NBBJ
Project: Grange Insurance Headquarters Expansion
Owner: Grange Insurance
Photography: Tom Arban


Grange Mutual Casualty Group commissioned a 274,000-square-foot addition to its existing headquarters to create space for several hundred workers from satellite offices. The addition, the first phase of a multi-phase master plan to transform Grange into a corporate campus, also includes 10,000 square feet of green roofs, ground-level retail and multipurpose meeting spaces that can be used by the community. Instead of tint-covered windows in the original building, the new space incorporates clear windows connecting the inside with the outside. To continue that openness, the 10-story expansion is outfitted in a glass curtain wall. The main entry was relocated to High Street from the rear of the building. The green roofs (broken into three sections) are accessible and incorporate deck space and seating for employees.

Merit Award
Architect: Jonathan Barnes Architecture & Design
Project: Pistacia Vera
Owner: Pistacia Vera
Photography: Feinknopf Photography


A 120-year-old German Village house required significant and complex interior and exterior modifications to make a home for a new artisan pastry kitchen with retail space. The historic shell of the building was restored while the interior structure was largely rebuilt to include the removal of much of the second floor to create an open two-story space and mezzanine floor for an office. Ebonized wood and Carrera marble surfaces comprise the display cases. The double-height back wall is finished with a high-gloss Venetian plaster. The renovation strikes a balance between the historic and the new, maintaining the patina of the original building and creating a modern, minimalist and clean interior.

Honorable Mention
Architect: WSA Studio
Project: Ernie's Medicine Shop
Owner: Ernie Sparks
Photography: Matthew Carbone

Honorable Mention
Architect: Acock Associates Architects
Project: RW Setterlin Building Company
Owner: RW Setterlin Building Company
Photography: Feinknopf Photography

People's Choice
Architect: Karlsberger
Project: Niswonger Children's Hospital at Johnson City Medical Center
Owner: Mountain States Healthcare Alliance
Photography: Karlsberger Visualization