2017 Best of Design Award for Civic – Administrative: Boston Emergency Medical Services

Architect: The Galante Architecture Studio
Location: Boston, Massachusets

This new Emergency Medical Services facility replaced a dilapidated garage located on the historic grounds of the old Boston Sanatorium. Working in concert with the City of Boston Public Facilities department, the firm built a modest yet elegant building that provides security and stature through its solid shell and minimalist form. The approximately 10,500-square-foot structure comprises 11 bays—each capable of double loading and outfitted with a vehicle exhaust system—to house emergency vehicles already in Boston EMS’s fleet, plus additional equipment provided by Homeland Security in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon attack. A robust thermal envelope, efficient LED lights and daylighting units, and low-flow plumbing fixtures help make the building energy efficient. Its inherent flexibility supports Boston’s first responders in their efforts to protect the public and manage emergencies in both the short term and foreseeable future.

“This project is a wonderful use of quotidian materials in a sharp, sophisticated way. Robert Venturi would be proud.” —Matt Shaw, senior editor, The Architect’s Newspaper (juror)

Contractor:
Gianluca Morle, WCI Corporation

Project director:
Scott Dupre with Boston Public Facilities Department

Metal Wall Panels:
Morin

Daylighting Units:
Firestone Building Products

Site Lighting:
RAB Lighting

Honorable Mention

New United States Courthouse – Los Angeles
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Location: Los Angeles, California

New United States Courthouse – Los Angeles, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (Bruce Damonte)

Modern in spirit and rooted in classic principles of federal architecture, the New United States Courthouse contains 24 courtrooms and 32 judicial chambers within 633,000 (energy efficient) square feet. Envisioned as a “floating” cube, the building’s innovative structural engineering concept elevates the glass volume above its stone base, mitigating blast threats while appearing as a single hovering form.

Honorable Mention

San Diego Central Courthouse
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Location: San Diego, California

San Diego Central Courthouse, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (Bruce Damonte)

This project consolidates San Diego County’s Criminal Trial, Family, and Civil Courts into a 22-story, 704,000-square-foot tower in the city’s downtown—a catalyst for the emerging government district. A three-story public lobby serves as the heart of the courthouse, while the traditional courthouse pediment has been reinterpreted as a shade-giving soffit.

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