Excellence in Architecture

Honorable Mention

Andover High School - SJCF Architecture


The new design would breathe new life into the adjacent existing structure by providing flexible 21st century learning environments and safety improvements for all users of the facility. Existing low, dark corridors and classrooms will be replaced by multi-level, open circulation and daylight filled spaces with a design concept of simple organization of the program into two intersecting volumes. One volume comprises the classrooms, which is oriented to maximize proper daylight access and relate to the main circulation artery of Andover Road. The other volume is made up of the public and special use spaces for athletics, technical education and performing arts. New spaces within this volume match the orientation of the existing spaces which remain. At the intersection of these two volumes is the hub, which is formed by the administration area and the media center.

Classrooms radiate from a central circulation spine, which contain multi-use collaboration spaces distributed along its length. The north end of the spine terminates in an open lecture hall space called the “Learning Stair”. This space can be utilized for staff meetings, student groups and guest lectures, as well as a large teaching space.

Citation Award

Mary R. Koch Arts Center (Mark Arts) - Alloy Architecture

Wichita, KS

Prior to its 100th anniversary, Mark Arts relocated to a new 40,000 sf facility designed to accommodate all medium of art as well as offering classes for painting, photography, sculpture, culinary, and everything in between.

Sitting on 17 acres with clear axis from the street corner to gallery, the new arts center contains an art park which encourages exploration of the site and extends an invite to discover the pieces inside. Designed for functionality, flexibility and longevity through low maintenance materials, each element of programmatic space takes form/location by ideal conditions of the site. Optimal opportunity lends the school element cardinal location giving the roof ability to bloom open and bathe every studio in natural northern light.

Capitalizing on the expanse, the youth gallery and event center elements complete the array providing outdoor studios to grow organically among the art park. Movable partitions provide maximum flexibility in conjunction with design, creating a truly unique experience for every event. An indoor/outdoor relationship created by finish materials and visual composition set no limitations on functionality of the facility and the artwork displayed.

Merit Award

Newton YMCA - SCJF Architecture

Newton, KS

Many features of the Newton YMCA were dictated by site considerations and location. Providing a unique visual identity of alternating cementitious panels make it easily visible to both highway and neighborhood traffic. Site constraints also dictated that the main entry be oriented west, requiring integration of a custom fabricated sunshade into the design.

A sleek welcome desk of translucent resin panels and quartz work surface is the foreground to a custom vinyl graphic wall covering that offers inspiration with its presentation of the iconic “Y” logo. Alternating neutral tones of porcelain tile reinforce the first impression of the exterior panels. The design maintains a transparent feel throughout all fitness areas, bringing the ‘outdoors in’ as part of the exercise experience. Rather than being roadblocks, design challenges were incorporated into a successful facility for a growing community.

The prominent staircase features a delicate cable rail that leads up to the primary fitness level on the second floor. The track encircles the fitness area and overlooks the high volume spaces which include the lobby, pools, gymnasium, and racquet ball courts. Also on the second floor, super graphics strengthen the YMCA brand and encourage unity.

Mayor's Choice Award

and Honorable Mention

American AgCredit - SPT Architecture

Wichita, KS

The 2-story office building serves as American AgCredit’s regional headquarters located on Ridge Road and adjacent to K-96 highway in northwest Wichita. The site plan design provides plentiful parking and a continuous loop driveway to accommodate oversized agricultural vehicles and trailers.

The contemporary exterior is comprised entirely of high-efficiency glazing, Cordova Stone™, insulated metal panels, and natural limestone columns and accents. The 2-story entry atrium serves as a transitional element between public training areas and private office areas featuring a glass clerestory and acoustical perforated white oak wall panels.

Along with executive, administrative, and open office areas, the facility includes six conference rooms with full AV capabilities and a 100-participant classroom style training room, which is divisible into 3 separate rooms via motorized partitions. The facility is uniquely configured for maximum flexibility with raised access flooring, underfloor air distribution, underfloor power and data, and demountable wall systems for arrangement as required. The Class A interior finishes include 100% LED light fixtures, cherry millwork and doors throughout, and a neutral color palette highlighted by accents matching the signature American AgCredit green. Outdoor areas include three patios which connect to a paved walking path that surrounds the building.

Design Award photo credit: Janis Parr

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Past Design Award Recipients

  • 2017
  • Excellence in Architecture:
    • Honor Award – Experiential Engineering (WDM Architects)
    • Citation Award – JCB Laboratories (SPT Architecture)
    • Honorable Mention – Kansas Municipal Utilities (3ten Studios)
  • Excellence in Interior Design:
    • Merit Award – KMUW Radio Station (GLMV Architecture)
    • Citation Award – Mid-west Kia (SJCF Architecture)
  • Student Project:
    • Honor Award – Preston Outdoor Education Station (Blake Toews)
  • Mayor's Choice Award:
    • Elephants of Zambezi River Valley (GLMV Architecture)

  • 2016
  • Excellence in Architecture:
    • Merit Award – Phoenix Zoo Administration Building (WDM Architects)
    • Citation Award – Wichita High School Southeast (SJCF Architecture)
    • Citation Award – Wichita High School West Addition (SJCF Architecture)
  • Best Visualization:
    • Citation Award – Kansas Municipal Utilities (3ten Studios)

  • 2015
  • Excellence in Architecture:
    • Honor Award – Derby North Middle School (SJCF Architecture)
    • Citation Award – Ditch Witch (Sheldon Architecture)
    • Citation Award – Wichita North High School (SJCF Architecture)
  • Best Visualization:
    • Honor Award – Tanganyika Children’s Zoo (SPT Architecture)
    • Citation Award – Pathway Worship College (SJCF Architecture)
    • Citation Award – American AG Credit (SPT Architecture)

  • 2014
  • Excellence in Architecture:
    • Honor Award – Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA (SJCF Architecture)
  • Best Visualization:
    • Citation Award – Big Well Museum (LK Architecture)

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