Academic journal article Planning for Higher Education

Performance and Studio Arts Campus

Academic journal article Planning for Higher Education

Performance and Studio Arts Campus

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Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture for a Building Addition

Columbus State University RiverPark with HGA Architects and Engineers and Stevens & Wilkinson Stang & Newdow, Inc.; Auerbach.Pollock.Friedlander; Jaffe Holden Museum Studio

Jury Comments

"This project creates a reason to come and remain downtown. The overall site plan provides great aspirations for the future."

Project Highlights

* Rejuvenates an historic part of downtown Columbus, Georgia while raising the visibility of the college's growing arts program

* Benefits both university and community through urban renewal, adaptive reuse, downtown riverfront revitalization, ecologically sound and cost-effective reuse of old buildings, and increases cultural exchange between the university and community

* Continues an existing commitment to downtown Columbus by relocating the Fine Arts Departments to new facilities in the city's decayed urban center

* Complex envisions a new urban campus that provides state-of-the-art academic facilities and promotes interaction with the larger community

* Design reflects integrated planning effort involving city council, community groups and preservation groups

* Re-milled southern pine from old cotton warehouse timbers used for wall screens

* Bricks quarried and produced within blocks of site

* Innovative "art streets" serve for informal exhibits and casual exchange between academics and city life

* Growing student population feeds into the local economy

* Public and student exhibit space reinforces the link between academics and the real world

* Project size: 49,430 sq. …

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