The College of New Rochelle Wins Design Award for The Wellness Center

New Rochelle, NY, December 17, 2013 – The College of New Rochelle's Wellness Center received the 2013 Silver Award from the Society of American Registered Architects. The latest award adds to the long list of awards bestowed upon The Wellness Center designed by ikon.5, a Princeton, New Jersey based architectural firm.

The Celebration of Architecture and Design Award Program was held at the One UN Plaza Hotel, during the Society's 57th National Conference on October 11. Thirty-five architectural firms were honored for 56 design projects across the country at the banquet. Each entry was judged on elements including program solution, compelling design statement, clear parti (visual framework), construction system, details, function, social and environmental implications and overall aesthetics.

The two-story, 54,000-square-foot structure includes a 1,500-seat gymnasium, competition-size pool, suspended running track, fitness and aerobics center, and classrooms. The use of recyclable and natural materials, such as a grass roof, day lighting, and ground-source heat pumps among other features, earned the building LEED-Silver certification for environmental efficiency.

According to the Society, The Wellness Center, completed in 2008, "merges the relationship between building and landscape, and in doing so reduces energy consumption and demonstrates good stewardship of the earth." The jury noted the "rich use of materials and sculpting light," and that the Center's design and execution effectively "rejuvenates the body and mind."

Ikon.5 Principal Joseph G. Tattoni noted, "This award not only recognizes the architect, but more importantly, the clients who support and encourage excellence."

Like depictions of the Garden of Eden, ikon.5 architects designed The Wellness Center to be a sheltered meditative precinct removed from the urban distractions of metropolitan New York that surround it. Local granite, concrete, colored glass panels, and land, comprise a large percentage of the building's construction materials.

Judith Huntington, President of The College of New Rochelle, described the Center as a place "to promote wellness of the body, mind, and spirit." She stressed the tremendous impact the Center's technologically advanced class and office space has had on teaching and learning at the College. As a new home for the College's Blue Angels athletic teams (NCAA Division III volleyball, basketball, swimming, cross country, tennis and softball), Huntington elaborated that the Center has "directly contributed to our ability to draw high quality athletes to the College."

As planned, The Wellness Center additionally serves as a versatile community resource. "The Center has recently hosted New York State's Section 1 Girls' Basketball tournament, welcomed Westchester and Putnam county Special Olympics competitions, hosted the National Hispanic College Fair, and is used by local schools and sports organizations to supplement their facilities," noted Huntington.

The Society's award is the latest in a string of honors The Wellness Center has received. In 2010, it was one of 47 honorees out of 1,000 entries to receive the American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture. It has been honored by the New York, Westchester/Mid-Hudson, and New Jersey chapters of the American Institute of Architects.

Other awards for The Wellness Center include:

  • New York Construction, Best Sports Facility Project, 2008
  • Engineering News Record, Best of the Best Sports/Recreation Project, 2008
  • American School & University Magazine, Excellence, 2008
  • New York League of Conservation Voters, Honor Award 2008
  • Concrete Industry Board, Award of Merit - Special Recognition, 2009
  • Contract Magazine, Interiors Award, 2010

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