Columbus Landmarks Foundation announced the winner of the 2014 James B. Recchie Award at an Oct. 9 program at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center. This was the 25th time the award has been given in honor of the late James B. Recchie, a founding trustee. The winner of the 2014 James B. Recchie Award is The Jack, located at 982 S. Front St., Columbus, OH 43206, designed by WSA Studio, developed by DeVere LLC and owned by 1000 South Front Street LLC.
“The Jury was impressed by the quality of all of the finalists. They represent the dynamic nature of the city and its ever evolving built environment. The Jack stood out because it was an ordinary industrial building that was made extraordinary through careful preservation of its industrial character while being adapted into high-quality office space and residential lofts,” said Nancy Recchie, Historic Preservation Consultant with Benjamin D. Rickey & Co. and sister of the Award’s namesake.
The James B. Recchie Award honors excellence in urban design that can be reflected in historic or new buildings and places, additions to existing buildings, parks, public spaces and public art. The award celebrates projects that add to the distinctive character and improved quality of life of Columbus and the designers responsible for them. Following a public nomination process, five finalists were selected by a screening committee. Jurors then determined the winner after visiting the five finalists. The 2014 jurors were Ruth Gless, AIA, Lincoln Street Studio; Tom Katzenmeyer, President and CEO, GCAC; and Jack Bialosky, AIA, Bialosky & Partners, Cleveland, Ohio.
The five finalists for the 2014 James B. Recchie Design Award honoring excellence in urban design were:
982 S. Front St., Columbus, OH 43206
Architect/Designer: WSA Studio
Developer: DeVere LLC; Owner: 1000 South Front Street LLC
Cristo Rey Columbus High School
400 E. Town St. Columbus, OH 43215
Architect/Designer: Schooley Caldwell Associates
Owner: Cristo Rey Columbus High School
Driving Park Branch
1442 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43205
Owner: Columbus Metropolitan Library
Linden-McKinley STEM Academy
1320 Duxberry Ave., Columbus, OH 43211
Architect/Designer: Moody Nolan
Owner: Columbus City Schools
Long Street Bridge & Cultural Wall
Over I-71 between Hamilton & Jefferson, Columbus, OH 43215
Landscape Architect/Designer: MKSK Studios
Artists: Larry Winston Collins and Kojo Kamau
Owners: Ohio Department of Transportation & City of Columbus
Nominations for the 2015 James B. Recchie Award will open in summer. Please check back for event details.