2008 Intern/YA Design Competition
The AIANH Intern/Young Architect Design Competition was created in 2003 to provide an opportunity for interns and young architectural professionals to strengthen their design skills, gain recognition, and assist a community with their design challenges. It is open to all New Hampshire architectural interns and architects within five years of registration. Participants do not need to be members of AIA.
2008 Competition Results
The program for the 2008 design competition was for a new elementary school for the city of Concord. Through feasibility studies conducted by the city and its consultants it was determined that a new school on the present Kimball Elementary School site would be of greatest benefit. The city wanted to make this project a great example of what can be done with a downtown school while also incorporating “green” features. (The Concord School district did not hire the designers or commit to using their designs, but were interested to see their ideas.)
A jury of professionals judged the submissions, with honors presented at the annual AIANH Awards Banquet January 18.
2008 Award Winners:
Mo Gagnon AIA, Lavallee Brensinger Architects, Manchester, NH
Presentation very readable, and the section was very helpful. Its simplicity is elegant; and the plan offers a lot of opportunities. The entrance is very clear. Very good use of site, allowing for green space and leaving potential for something added in the future. Separate bus and parent drop-offs are good. Employs good education philosophy; nice non-traditional classroom layout; good common space and storage. There is a good relationship to outdoor use: parking, playground, entrance, loading, and utilities. The parking is safely separate from traffic and walkway circulation, the playground is linked with classrooms and hallways and is also on the south side offering a sunny space for outdoor recreation.
Abigail Ransmeier, Concord, NH
The jurors selected this entry specifically for its creativity. The designer was thinking outside the box and about architecture from the students' perspective. This concept stretches your imagination. There are interesting spaces; it has a campus feel, and accounts for safety. Great potential for greening of space. Clustering is interesting. The idea of the fence as an architectural element is great.
Bethany Ritter, Driver-Ryan Architects and Jennifer Hegarty, UK Architects
This is an interesting design, practical, with some creative elements. The functionality is good. The design leaves some of the site open for future expansion and the layout uses the site well including good parking access for the gymnasium. The designers thought about the children's experience. The courtyard is a nice passive outdoor space that is large enough for some school functions, a sitting area, and additional landscaping. The sun reaches a portion of the playground, and this play area is located near the cafeteria where active recreation is most appropriate.
Jurors – 2008 Competition:
Kyle Barker AIA
Barker Architects PLLC, Concord, NH
William Hoffman ASLA
W.W. Hoffman, L.A., Yarmouth, ME
Dr. Christine Rath
Superintent of Schools, SAU 8, Concord, NH