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BSRB receives national nod

The University and Polshek Partnership Architects have received the 2007 Institute Honor Award for Architecture from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for the Biomedical Science Research Building (BSRB).
The Biomedical Science Research Building is well-crafted with a high level of detail made more noteworthy by its large size, experts from the American Institute of Architects say, calling it "a breath of fresh air and the best we've seen in this building type." (Photos by Gregory Fox Photography)

The AIA announced Jan. 12 the 2007 recipients of its Institute Honor Awards, the profession's highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design. The BSRB was one of 29 projects selected from nearly 700 submissions.

The BSRB, a 435,000-square-foot building that provides 250 biomolecular research labs and serves as a gateway to the University's Medical Campus, opened in February 2006. The construction manager was Gilbane/Clark Joint Venture.

"We are very pleased to receive this distinguished honor," says Hank Baier, associate vice president for facilities and operations. "Our project team, including Polshek Partnership Architects and Gilbane/Clark Joint Venture, delivered a spectacular building under budget and on time that helps meet the needs of cutting-edge researchers and students."

Comments from the AIA Institute Honor Award jurors included:

"This is a very difficult, large building type that is executed beautifully."

"Well crafted and meticulously detailed, this building is a flagship for the campus."

"The complexity of it is done for a reason, not just as a willful gesture."

"It's a breath of fresh air and the best we've seen in this building type."

Awards will be presented in May at the AIA 2007 National Convention and Design Exposition in San Antonio.

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