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AIA Pennsylvania awards Spillman Farmer Architects for ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks

© Paul Warchol Photography
© Paul Warchol Photography

The American Institute of Architects Pennsylvania Chapter has awarded a Silver Medal, the institute’s highest honor, to Spillman Farmer Architects for their highly successful ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. Located on the landmark Bethlehem Steel site in eastern Pennsylvania, the dynamic performing arts, media and cultural center has served as an anchor for the revitalization effort in the City of Bethlehem that is transforming the once-abandoned historic industrial core into a dynamic, sustainable and livable mixed-use community. The 200-foot industrial ruins towering above the ArtsQuest Center is part of the country’s largest privately-owned brownfield. AIA jurors praised the project saying, “The design captures the energy and utilitarian beauty that the best of the industrial revolution once offered. At the same time it demonstrates the power that a truly successful marriage of architecture and program can exert in bringing new purpose and hope to the most abandoned parts of our community.” Continue reading after the break for more information and images.

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Morris Arboretum Tree Adventure / Metcalfe Architecture & Design

© Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol

Morris Arboretum’s Tree Adventure exhibit Out on a Limb, designed by Metcalfe Architecture & Design, was the 2010 AIA Philadelphia Design Excellence Gold Medal Winner, 2010 AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Award, 2010 “Best of Philly” Award, and the 2010 American Association of Museums Excellence in Exhibition Design Award. Suspended 50 feet above the forest floor this network of walkways (450-feet in length) provides a bird’s eye view of the forest, complete with a giant Bird’s Nest, Squirrel Scramble rope, and many vista platforms. Follow the break for photographs, drawings, and renderings of Out on a Limb.

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Architects: Metcalfe Architecture & Design Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Consultant: Forever Young Treehouse, Inc Structural Engineers: CVM Engineering Construction Managers: CVM Construction Civil Engineers: Hunt Engineering Company Lighting Designers: Grenald Waldron Associates Exhibit Designers: Sparks Exhibits and Environments Photographs: Paul Warchol