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Fox Lake Library Cited for Design

PSA-Dewberry in Elgin received a Merit in Design Award for its Fox Lake District Library.

PSA-Dewberry in Elgin received a Merit in Design Award for its Fox Lake District Library.

Creating a modern community college classroom building from two windowless industrial buildings. Creating court facilities from an old department store. A new library and a new church.
These architectural projects are among nine new or renovated buildings designed by Chicago-area architects that have been recognized for their design excellence. All received Design Awards in October from the Northeast Illinois chapter of The American Institute of Architects.
The Fox Lake District Library, by PSA-Dewberry in Elgin, received a “Merit in Design” award. Jurors cited the project’s good use of materials, with stone as the base and the central glass entry. The building’s “L” shape recalls the nearby lake edge and allows the building to open, as a book does, to embrace the public. The new facility was constructed while the existing library remained in operation, impacting the location of the building on the site. The new facility expands collection space and establishes the library as a community center, with additional public-access computers, collaborative study areas and community meeting rooms.
The biennial awards are the profession’s highest acknowledgement of works that exemplify excellence in architecture.
The 2011 awards encompass four categories: Distinguished Building, Preservation/Adaptive Reuse, Interiors, and Small Projects. Awards are presented for Excellence in Design and Merit in Design.
Cited for Excellence in Design were:
The new branch library in the Delaware County Library District in Ohio, designed by PSA-Dewberry, Elgin, in the Distinguished Building category.
The DuPage A.M.E. Church in Lisle, by Harding Partners of Chicago, in the Distinguished Building category.
The renovation of Building 1 at Naval Station Great Lakes, near North Chicago, by FGM Architects Inc., of Oak Brook, in the Preservation/Adaptive Reuse category. The structure is on the National Historic Register and is the centerpiece of the historic district.
The conversion of a former Montgomery Ward department store into a new Branch Court and Conference Center for the 16th Judicial Circuit, in St. Charles, by Wight & Company of Darien, in the Interiors Category.
Cited for Merit in Design were:
The Tolleson Police and Court Center, in Tolleson, Ariz., designed by PSA-Dewberry, Chicago, in the Distinguished Building category.
The Fox Lake District Library, by PSA-Dewberry in Elgin, in the Distinguished Building category.
The addition to Lincoln Elementary School in Cicero, by FGM Architects Inc. of Oak Brook, in the Distinguished Building category.
Elgin Community College’s new Multipurpose Classroom Building, which linked two existing industrial buildings with a serpentine addition inspired by the concept of the “learning curve,” by DLA Architects, Ltd. of Itasca, in the Preservation/Adaptive Reuse category.
Trinity Green Trails in Lisle, which transformed two storefronts in a suburban strip mall into an outreach ministry location for a protestant church, by Jaeger, Nickola and Associates of Park Ridge, in the Interiors Category.
Jurors were Jeffrey Chas. Raasch, a principal and design director with Flad Architects; Larry Schnuck, AIA, a senior principal with Kahler Slater; and Ursula Twombly, AIA, LEED AP, president (and co-founder) of Continuum Architects + Planners.
Jurors worked long and hard to winnow through the entries to select winners, said William Templin, AIA, who chaired the Design Awards Committee. “The judges — all accomplished architects — were impressed with the outstanding quality of the submitted projects.”
The Naperville-based AIA chapter includes architects and those in related fields who live or work in Kane, DuPage and Kendall counties, plus the portions of Cook County north of the Stevenson and west of the Edens expressways, excluding the city of Chicago. For more information, visit www.aianei.org.

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