Honor Award for Architectural Design - Ohio Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
Honor Award for Architectural Design - Cleveland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
High Performance Design of the Year - NAIOP Northern Ohio Chapter
City Architecture was engaged by the City of Beachwood to develop an implementation strategy and design for a significant renovation and expansion program for their Municipal Center. The resulting building complex redefined the center’s image, reflects this progressive community and serves as a gateway to the larger civic campus. The center includes City Hall offices, Council Chambers, Police Department and Jail, and Service Department facilities. Extensive reprogramming sessions were conducted with all departments and an overall master plan was prepared for the redevelopment of this complex. The project involved strategic demolition of antiquated construction, the sensitive inclusion of major additions, and the integration of varying technologies, requiring a well-conceived phasing strategy to minimize disruptions to the municipality's daily operations.
Strategies were considered throughout all tasks of the project’s development to ensure such systems as geo-thermal heating and other green building technologies were fully integrated into the facility's design and construction. Iconic sun shades help create an identity for the building while reducing solar heat gain. The center's grand lobby connects all aspects of the facility and is defined by its custom wood panel and metal ceiling. Council chambers offer a modern interpretation of "courtroom" and seamlessly integrate data and technology systems.
City Architecture is a proud partner of this state-of-the-art complex, as it demonstrates how a civic institutional building's design can capture and promote a community's values and character.