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Julka Hall wins Design Award

AIA Columbus recognizes CSU architecture

November 10, 2011

By Brandon Blackwell


The Columbus chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Columbus) has recognized Cleveland State’s Julka Hall as a 2011 Design Award winner.

Courtest of NBBJAccording to an AIA Columbus news release, the 2011 winners were selected from 44 entries and represent outstanding architecture designed by Columbus architects. This is the second time this year Julka Hall has been formally recognized for its architecture. The building was recognized as the Honor Award winner by AIA Ohio in September.

“We are extremely proud of winning these awards,” said CSU Executive Director of Capital Planning and University Architect Ed Schmittgen.

Schmittgen said his office directed the Julka Hall project and collaborated with architecture firm NBBJ, which designed the building, to realize a shared vision.

“From the moment NBBJ was hired as the architect to design the new home for CSU’s College of Education and Human Services, we developed a collaborative partnership with the university,” said NBBJ partner and Julka Hall lead designer A.J. Montero.

“We share the recognition of these two prestigious Honor Awards (AIA Ohio and AIA Columbus) with Cleveland State, whose vision for the hall created the context for a truly exciting and transformational design opportunity,” said Montero.

Montero said Julka Hall’s design premise was to enable and expand the CSU’s mission from one that emphasizes education delivery, to one that allows for interactive learning.

The building’s open design and various gathering locations are intended to encourage students to work together in an informal environment outside of the classroom.

“While traditional classrooms are still an important part of the program, the spaces are intended to create ‘learning zones’ in order to encourage collaborative learning, and position the entire building as a classroom that grows and transforms over time,” Montero said.

Montero added Julka Hall is a green building, and it is pursuing and on track to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold rating, which would make it the highest LEED-rated building on CSU’s campus and one of the most sustainable projects in Cleveland.

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions, according to the USGBC website.

Julka Hall houses CSU’s College of Education and Human Services and joins the Orange Branch Library in Delaware, Ohio, and Ohio State University’s Cunz Hall Renovation as this year’s AIA Columbus honor award winners.