Richland College’s science building earns prestigious education architecture award
Richland College’s Sabine Hall science building has earned another architectural industry recognition. The LEED Platinum-certified building has been named the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Louis I. Kahn Citation by American School & University (AS&U) magazine.
Each November the magazine honors design excellence in education projects in its Architectural Portfolio issue. Two main architectural awards are given – the Louis I. Kahn Citation for design in higher education and the William W. Caudill Citation for design in pre-K through 12th grade education. This year’s Caudill Citation went to Booker T. Washington STEM Academy in Champaign, Ill. The 2012 Architectural Portfolio recognizes 148 projects from across the United States.
Richland College and architectural firm Perkins+Will were commended for Sabine Hall’s “collision spaces” and campus “living room” that bring together the wider college community in the 118,000-square-foot building that houses science programs, teaching labs, bookstore, coffee bar and conference rooms. The AS&U jury praised Sabine Hall for delivering on four primary goals: providing top-quality modern teaching facilities for biology, chemistry, physics and geosciences education; enhancing the campus master plan; respecting the long-established architectural vernacular; and earning LEED Platinum certification within budget. The jury also recognized Sabine Hall’s deliberate east-west positioning that “promotes ideal solar orientation and a more protected microclimate.”
Sabine Hall received an Honorable Mention in the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Central Texas Balcones Green Schools Design 2011 Awards competition and was named the “Best Green Project-Public” at Dallas Business Journal’s 18th Annual Best Real Estate Deals of the Year awards in 2010.