July 5, 2009
Associate Professor Amy Gardner's Firm, Gardner Mohr Architects, LLC, has been awarded a 2009 Remodeling Design Award for Merit, a national award honoring excellence in design - as well as functional value, cost-effectiveness and sensitivity to the existing structure and surroundings.
The Gilmer project, a thorough-going renovation and addition to an existing 1920's era local bungalow, consisted of the stewardship of an existing resource from a state of disrepair into a "second life" blending traditional and modern character and technologies. Sustainable, recycled, renewable, and reclaimed materials, as well as energy efficient lighting and HVAC strategies have a significant role in second life of the house, including: the reuse of the existing house as an existing resource, use of salvaged forest products; recycled roofing; careful choices about shading, orientation, and daylighting; high-efficiency HVAC strategies; and attention to indoor air and water quality. The Remodeling Design Award competition, sponsored by Remodeling Magazine, received 271 entries from across the country, and awarded only 16 projects. The Gilmer project was also awarded a 2008 Washingtonian / American Institute of Architects DC Chapter award for Distinctive Architecture.
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