Three Ithaca building projects – Cayuga Medical Center’s Cayuga Birthplace, Breckenridge Place owned by Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services and PathStone Development Corporation, and Tompkins County’s Legislature Offices were named recipients of the prestigious American Institute of Architects’ Southern New York Design Awards. All projects were designed by HOLT Architects.
The AIA Southern NY Chapter was founded in 1979 and holds the Design Excellence Awards Competition biennially for design projects within a 10-county region of Southern New York. Over the course of decades, HOLT Architects and their clients have won numerous awards from the AIA SNY.
Cayuga Medical Center’s Cayuga Birthplace received one of three Design Excellence Awards – AIA SNY’s highest level of award. The much-anticipated facility consists of amenity-laden Labor & Delivery, Post-Partum, and NICU rooms and was cited for the program’s thoughtful organization, flexible and integrated spaces, and soothing environment. Cayuga Birthplace opened July 2014.
Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services and PathStone Development Corporation’s Breckenridge Place was also awarded a Design Excellence Award, with AIA judges citing the building’s seamless integration within the neighborhood context, attractive scale and materials, and open and light-filled apartments. This is the third design award for the 50-unit apartment building, which also won a Central New York “Time to Build” award and an American Concrete Institute Gold Award for Masonry Design.
Tompkins County’s Legislature Relocation received the AIA SNY’s Honorable Mention Award citing the sensitive insertion of functional necessities into the historic space without compromising the integrity of the original architecture. This marks the third design award for this project, which was also honored with a Central New York Business Journal “Time to Build” Award and Historic Ithaca Award.