Grant Architects Receives AIA Baltimore Grand Design Award for the Institute for Scientific Research

BALTIMORE, MD -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Feb 01, 2008 -- Grant Architects, PC has received the AIA Baltimore 2007 Grand Design Award for the firm's visionary design for the Institute for Scientific Research (ISR) located in Fairmont, West Virginia.

"The challenge was to design a building that mirrors the cutting-edge scientific research programs being performed at this facility," explains Principal Jon Grant, AIA, NCARB. "A refined machine for the development of new aerospace technologies located in a place where exposure to raw nature is unavoidable, the design for ISR incorporates both earthbound solidity and the flights of human aspiration. The building is a metaphor for the complex interaction of these seemingly rival elements."

The choice was made not to drastically alter the site, but to work with the natural elements there to create a structure that is connected to the land on which it rests. The building is designed to connect to the slope of the mountain; thus access to the structure minimizes total earth disturbance.

The building was designed to achieve LEED certification and includes environmental features such as reflective roofing that was installed over the majority of the building and a green roof over the parking deck that helps reduce water runoff that might otherwise potentially harm nearby streams and estuaries. The building is linear and placed with an east-west orientation. This enables efficient control of solar radiation, in conjunction with integral shading devices. The planted plaza and sitting of the parking structure upon a platform cut from the mountaintop (with the reflective primary roof) also aid in virtually eliminating any heat island effect.

"This strong and well-developed parti supports the solid design concept," noted AIA Baltimore President William A. L. Gaudreau. "The very large program for this huge research center is well-designed, clean-cut, and beautifully executed... This building sits elegantly on the landscape. The human and natural connection is carried through strongly. This exemplifies 21st century design."

The $124 million project has the capacity to house 500 researchers and support staff and will serve as a catalyst for reinvigorating the area's economy with new high-tech job opportunities.

About the firm

Grant Architects is an award-winning design firm specializing in iconic architecture and complex project design. They possess over 20 years' experience serving clients of every size, need and economic sector.

Grant Architects' philosophy is built on the dual concepts of client service and design innovation. They help clients achieve signature buildings that respond to the 'context' as well as provide a design investment for the client's future. They pair this with continuous communication and partnering with both their clients and contractors in a mutually respectful forum in order to promote the completion of projects with fewer claims and delays. They are a client-focused firm committed to solving original and complex problems, providing responsive service tailored specifically to client needs, and redefining remarkably memorable design solutions.

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