December 2007: Awards

Words: Dan KamysDecember 2007

Masonry Institute of Iowa Architectural Design Awards

For the 12th consecutive year, the Masonry Institute of Iowa has selected Iowa's best buildings and the people who built them to receive Architectural Design Awards. Twenty-three entries were submitted this year.

The 2007 Grand Prize went to Neumann Monson, P.C., in Iowa City for renovation work on the University of Iowa's Kinnick Stadium. The three-judge panel of architects from the Chicago area was impressed with the design, work, and dramatic change that the improvements gave to the stadium's image. The Institute also honored the two mason contractors involved in the project, Seedorff Masonry from Strawberry Point, and Yoder Masonry from Riverside, with the Golden Trowel Award.

The Architectural Design Awards are given annually by the Masonry Institute of Iowa and are open to all sizes and categories of Iowa projects in which the dominant building materials are masonry. Only Iowa-licensed architects who are AIA-IA members may submit projects.

The following are awards presented at the American Institute of Architects — Iowa Chapter Convention in late-September.

2007 Grand Prize

Kinnick Stadium Neumann Monson, P.C., Iowa City

Award of Merit with Distinction

Mount Vernon High School OPN Architects, Inc., Cedar Rapids

Award of Merit

First Bank, West Des Moines Smith Metzger, Des Moines

Award of Merit

Iowa State Bank & Trust Neumann Monson, P.C., Iowa City

Special Mention - Best Historic Preservation and Restoration

Randall-Story State Bank RDG Rudi, Lee, Dreyer, Ames

Special Mention - Creative Use of Brick

North Central Junior High School Neumann Monson, P.C., Iowa City
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