The new 16,000 square-foot addition and remodel of the Gordon Student Center at Onondaga Community College has captured two prestigious awards for design excellence from the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Interior Designers. King & King Architects of Manlius served as executive architect for the Gordon project and teamed with DSA Architects, out of Indiana, for their programming experience with the "one-stop" student services concept.
The awards are the AIA Merit Award Institutional Category from the American Institute of Architects – CNY Chapter, and the ASID “Best of Competition” Institutional Design Award from the American Society of Interior Designers – NYU/CE Chapter.
Originally constructed in 1971, the Gordon Student Center has evolved to better serve the needs of Onondaga Community College’s nearly 11,000-student body, the second-largest in Central New York. The building now features “Student Central,” a one-stop student services hub, and the Gordon “Great Room,” a multi-functional space with an expansive view of downtown Syracuse.
The AIA Award comments from the selection jury were: “Detailing at the curved exterior wall with structure pulled away is simple and elegant. The building responds to the axes of the pedestrian traffic of the campus making the student center an anchor on the campus. The locations of student gathering spaces are responsive to the site and neighboring views, addressing the view of the city beyond. The project successfully tackles the renovation of a 1970’s building making it a product of its time.”
“The very mission of Onondaga Community College is to support the aspirations of students through academic rigor, highly credentialed faculty and modern facilities that serve as anchors to student engagement. The beautifully remodeled Gordon Student Center now exists as an inviting center of campus where students and the community can connect with the tremendous resources of the College. We are grateful to King & King for their superb work on this project,” said Debbie L. Sydow, Ph.D.
"We are thrilled with the awards recognition for OCC and King & King, and are so pleased with the response from the campus and community. The success of this “Student Central” project would not have been possible without a group of dedicated individuals, the clear mission of OCC, and the commitment of the design team to turn their vision into built form.” Kirk Narburgh, Partner-In-Charge - King & King Architects.
Both awards programs are competitive programs judged by peers who select based upon evaluations of submitted projects. Hundreds of projects are submitted by architects and interior designers throughout New York State and only a select few receive awards recognition each year.
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