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Area Architects Take Top 2010 Bucks County Design Awards

Four area architects’ design excellence has been recognized by the Bucks County chapter of the American Institute of Architects for four projects in the Delaware
Valley region.


Judging the 2009 competition were six principals and senior designers from the firm of John Milner Architects, Chadds Ford.


The AIA Bucks Awards were presented at the group’s annual holiday party held at the New Hope Arts Center.


Moira McClintock, 2009 outgoing president, inducted 2010’s
new officers: President Jane Wilson; Vice President-President Elect Ralph C. Fey, Secretary Gary O’Connor, Treasurer Kelly Leigh Willard.


Silver Award

Kelly Leigh Willard
Carversville Pool House, Solebury Township
The challenge in this top-winning entry was to integrate a modern swimming pool into the historic mill site while guarding the character of this village on the National Register for Historic Places. Fulfilling the owner’s wishes that the pool and pool
house be a “modern surprise” shielded from public view, the designer created a 900-square-foot family gathering space and changing area tucked within the
three ruined stone walls; its fourth wall provides a poolside southern exposure through the 9-foot tall, 45-foot long glass sliding door.


Honor Award, Commercial
Jeremiah Ford III and Jane Wilson
Ford 3 Architects
New Apple Storage Barn
Pam and Gary Mount, Terhune Orchards, Lawrenceville, N.J.
The owners were looking for onsite, controlled-atmosphere, long-term fruit storage that was sustainable, operationally efficient and visually compatible with Terhune Orchards’ existing 19th-century buildings. A stickbuilt wing and a traditional timber-framed wing provide space for the refrigeration units powered in large part by solar panels on the south-facing roof and substantial dry storage and special
farm activities from day camps to barn dances.


Honor Award, Residential
Raphael Architects – Michael Raphael, AIA, and Greg Frederick, Project Manager
Beck-Wright Residence and Studio Doreen Wright and Robert Beck
Solebury Township
Deeply involved owners — an artist and corporate executive —made the creation of this Arts and Crafts-style residence and its adjacent barn studio a collaboration
with the architect and builder. The rocky, wooded hillside site is little disturbed by the house that rises out of it, and the interior’s efficient open plan, warm woods,
natural light and collections of art take full advantage of the setting. The project incorporated sustainable design, materials and systems into the renovation of the
original 700-square foot cabin and construction of a 1600-square -foot addition and studio.


Honor Award, Adaptive Reuse
Ralph C. Fey Architects –Ralph C. Fey and Charles Chichester, project manager
Tri-County Performing Arts Center Village Productions, Pottstown
This 17,000-square-foot community performing arts center is an adaptive-reuse renovation of the J. J. Newberry Co. department store that preserved not only the
Art Deco façade but also many of the charming historic interior features. The $2.5million designbuild project delivered a 200-seat black-box theater, back-of-house support spaces, offices, rehearsal rooms and intimate music studios
for the nonprofit arts organization. The entire structure is handicapped-accessible and utilizes green building technologies. The project is at the forefront of the
Pottstown Revitalization, Pennsylvania Keystone Opportunity Zone.

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