Fentress Architects was recently honored with six awards from the Chicago Athenaeum, the American Institute of Architects, and the Design Build Institute of America for their design of the most technologically-advanced airport in the nation, a national museum in D.C. showcasing the history of the Marine Corps and two mixed-use high rises in the United Arab Emirates.
Continue reading for information on the awarded projects.
Mineta San Jose International Airport Terminal B 2011 DBIA National Design-Build Excellence Award 2011 DBIA Western Pacific Design-Build Excellence Award 2011 AIA Denver Merit Award for Built Architecture
From its futuristic architecture to its avant-garde digital art program, San Jose’s Terminal B delivers a cutting-edge experience that people have come to expect from the technology capitol, Silicon Valley. Fentress focused on offering the amenities, comfort and ease of travel that passengers need today and tomorrow. From curbside to airside, Fentress’ design for Terminal B establishes a natural order for intuitive wayfinding and streamlined efficiency. It provides the latest technology for self-service check-in and bag screening.
Location: San Jose, California Client: City of San Jose Building Size: 1,487,000 sqf Year Completed: 2010
Mineta San Jose International Airport ConRAC and Public Parking Structures 2011 AIA Denver Citation Award for Built Architecture
Fifty-four giant waving hands of local residents are the first thing a traveler sees when driving up Highway 87 to the Mineta San Jose International Airport. A massive work of public art, the mural on the airport’s consolidated rental car garage (ConRAC) exterior not only ushers people toward the airport, but also functions as a regional symbol, welcoming both returners and newcomers to the Silicon Valley. ConRAC includes a unique stacked Quick Turn-Around Facility with fueling, wash, and maintenance services available within the garage.
National Museum of the Marine Corps and Semper Fidelis Memorial Park 2011 AIA Western Mountain Region Honor Award for Excellence in the Built Category
As the main focus of the 135-acre Semper Fidelis Memorial Park, The National Museum of the Marine Corps, just outside of Washington D.C., opened in 2006 to coincide with the Marine Corps’ 231st anniversary. The primary building of the Marine Corps Heritage Center contains 120,000 square feet of museum gallery space, an orientation theater, office space, gift shop, and two restaurants, all welcoming visitors to explore the history and values of the Corps.
Location: Quantico, Virginia Client: Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Department of the Navy, Engineering Field Activity Chesapeake Building Size: 549,000 sqf Year Completed: 2006
Dubai Towers 2011 American Architecture Award by the Chicago Athenaeum
This mixed use, high-rise development is divided into two distinctive, slender towers situated on top of a four-story podium that includes lobbies for the hotel, offices, and apartments, as well as hotel amenities including retail gift shops, restaurants, ballroom, meeting rooms, and a spa. Shimmering veils of glass define each of the two towers, blurring the border between land and water, the desert salt flats and the Gulf.
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates Client: The Private Office of H.H. Sheikh Saeed Bin Zayed Al-Nahayyan Building Size: 2,297,800 sqf Year Completed: 2012
Text provided by Angela Potrykus from Fentress Architects.