PROSSER, Wash. -- Five projects ranging from the headquarters for a large fruit corporation in Yakima to a private family home in White Salmon have been honored for design excellence by the American Institute of Architects/Central Washington.
The projects were celebrated during AIA Central Washington’s 2018 Design Awards and Gala at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser on Friday. AIA Central Washington represents architects in Kittitas, Yakima, Klickitat, Benton, Grant, Adams, Franklin, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield and Asotin counties.
• The Washington Fruit & Produce Company Headquarters in Yakima, designed by Graham Baba Architects and built by Artisan Construction, received top honors, winning both an AIA Honor Award for design and a Craftsman Award.
“The way that the building nestles into the landscape, and the manner in which the interior views are focused on the garden courtyard are supremely respectful of the agrarian nature of this company,” the judges wrote, also noting the building’s design, restrained palette and fine craftsmanship.
Two structures were honored with Merit Awards.
• Sunhawk Hall, Columbia Basin College, Pasco, designed by ALSC Architects, built by Chervenell Construction.
• White Salmon Residence, White Salmon, designed by Johnston Architects, built by Hawk Butte Construction.
• The Citation Award went to Revelry Vintners of Walla Walla, designed by DeMambro Architecture / Blake Fisher Architecture & Design and built by Ketelsen Construction / Wallace Construction.
• Special recognition was given to the Virginia Mason Memorial Energy Plant, Yakima, designed by KDA Architecture and built by VK Powell Construction. “An energy plant is very rarely considered an opportunity for great architecture, but this architectural team made the most of a complicated typology and a building that is far too often dismissed as a chance for ‘design,’ ” the judges wrote.