Here is another look back 10 years, to see what buildings were honored in 2004 by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
One of 2004’s award winning designs was the Orange County Convention Center Addition. It received the AWARD OF MERIT in the Governmental Category, designed by C. T. Hsu & Associates, PA, Orlando, Florida.
The Orange County Convention Center is the second-largest facility of its kind in the U.S., encompassing more than 2.1 million square feet of exhibition space. The West Entrance is significant as the first impression for 1.5 million conventioneers who utilize the center each year.
The 40-foot-tall glazed lobby and office structure spans 320 feet between massive stair towers and across what was once the facility’s service entrance. Visitors from the parking area and buses are welcomed to the center by a massive “front porch” with radiating metal-clad “V” columns that leads to a spacious lobby and enclosed bridges to the exhibit halls.
Here is a link to the architect’s website: http://www.cthsu.com/index.php
The independent Jury said: “Aesthetically pleasing. Creates a sense of identity for the existing building.”
Check here for all the 2004 AIAOrlando award winners, on the AIA Website : http://aiaorlando.com/v2/2004awards.shtml We will feature more of them in the coming months.