Bartlett Center receives top design award

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS -- Four Indianapolis architecture firms received awards and recognition for their designs at the recent American Institute of Architects (AIA) Design Awards.

CSO Architects received an Honor Award for the Bartlett Reflection Center on the campus of DePauw University in Greencastle, BSA LifeStructures won a Merit Award for an addition and renovation of Second Presbyterian Church, RATIO Architects received a Citation Award for Indianapolis International Airport Operations Center, and Axis Architecture + Interiors received a Citation Award for the design of an Indianapolis downtown home.

The annual awards recognize the top designs by Indiana architects, and were judged by a panel of Alabama architects.

The Bartlett Reflection Center at DePauw University, Greencastle, designed by CSO Architects, Inc.

The James and Susan Bartlett Center for Reflection was conceived as a quiet, contemplative place within the DePauw University Nature Park where faculty, staff and students could retreat for deep, personal reflection.

The 2,413-square-foot structure was designed sustainably, to minimize its impact on the environment. It was constructed with natural, regional and recycled materials, and was designed to optimize energy efficiency, maximize natural light and take advantage of the views of the Nature Park. The site and adjacent habitat were restored with native Indiana plants and incorporates a natural rainwater treatment pond. As a result, the Bartlett Reflection Center has achieved Gold level LEED Certification.

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