University of Vermont

Courtyard at Given Receives AIA VT 2010 Award of Merit

The College of Medicine's Courtyard at Given building, opened in July 2009, has won an Award of Merit from the Vermont Chapter of the American institute of Architects.

The University of Vermont College of Medicine’s Courtyard at Given was honored with one of five 2010 Awards presented December 9, 2010 at the Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) annual awards event in Montpelier.

The Courtyard at Given project design received one of two Awards of Merit. Submitted by architect Keith Robinson of Black River Design Architects in Montpelier, the project was among 31 entries sent in response to AIA Vermont’s annual Call for Entries. In addition to two Awards of Merits, the organization also presented three Awards of Honor and three Honorable Mentions.

Each year, a randomly-selected AIA chapter conducts a review of the entries and determines which projects are award-worthy. All 2010 AIA Vermont submissions were reviewed by the Massachusetts chapter, whose members were impressed with the Courtyard’s “interesting resolution/design concept that clearly adds to the building as a whole,” as well as the building’s “elegant arrangement of interior planes, space and connecting bridges.”

“These awards are not particularly easy to achieve, so we are excited that the Courtyard at Given received a Merit Award,” said Robinson.

This is the second design award the Courtyard at Given project has received in 2010. It also received a Best of the Best Award for Commercial Building Design & Construction from Efficiency Vermont in February.

In addition to Robinson, the Courtyard at Given project team included engineers LN Consulting, Engelberth Construction, and College of Medicine members John Evans, Sue Ligon, Sue Williams, Tom Teel and project manager Todd Merchant of UVM Facilities Design and Construction.