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Freelon Group Wins Two AIA North Carolina Design Awards

Lew Myers


The Freelon Group won 2011 design awards from the American Institute of Architects North Carolina Chapter for two recently projects: a new Academic Classroom Building on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University and the new Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library in Washington, D.C.

The Academic Classroom Building, opened last month at the heart of the A&T Greensboro campus, is one of only two 2011 winners recognized with a Merit Award. A multi-use classroom, office and technology building, it includes energy efficiency and conservation measures throughout the entire facility. Materials used were specifically selected to reduce energy costs, conserve water and meet Energy Star ratings.
"This Academic Classroom facility represents all that is great when technology is combined with superior architectural design," said Andrew M. Perkins, Jr., assistant vice chancellor of facilities. "This facility is loaded with the latest teaching and learning IT equipment to enhance the academic process."

Washington’s Tenley-Friendship Library, opened earlier this year, is one of 23 neighborhood branch libraries in the District of Columbia. It was recognized with a Honor Award from the AIA North Carolina, the highest honor granted by the AIA North Carolina awards jury. The project, designed by the Freelon Group in association with R. McGhee Associates, was certified at the LEED Gold level by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED certification is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

The Freelon Group is a 50-person, award-winning architectural firm founded by Philip G. Freelon, FAIA (Fellow, American Institute of Architects) in 1990.  The firm’s design portfolio centers on Higher Education, Science/Technology, Museum, Libraries and Cultural Center projects.