Perkins+Will Honored with Two Progressive Architecture Awards

Floatyard and Calexico West Land Port of Entry Projects Commended

The winners of the 60th Annual Progressive Architecture Awards have been announced. Of the ten awards distributed yearly, Perkins+Will received two. The program recognizes projects that display a pragmatism that improves lives in some way. The firm's projects Floatyard in Boston, Massachusetts and the U.S. Land Port of Entry in Calexico, California were honored.

The esteemed jury included Steven Ehrlich, FAIA; John Frane; Kimberly Holden, AIA; Reed Kroloff, Assoc. AIA; and Joan Soranno, FAIA. Kroloff noted that, "These projects reflect a profession engaged in real issues, rather than self-centered and completely internal arguments of interest only to architects. The driving factor is the response to the condition that the architect has been dealt."

Floatyard is a 86,542 square foot multifamily housing project, with public amenities, that is supported by floating foundations. The design team has proposed that the project be sited on a waterfront parcel in Charlestown, Massachusetts, at the at the edge of the Boston Harbor. The Floatyard's buoyant scheme offers a solution to the growing problem of how to safely inhabit coastal areas. "It's completely integrated in response to the environment and as a way of thinking," juror Kimberly Holden said. "And it's extremely relevant."

Calexico West Land Port of Entry is a boarder station, approximately 120 miles east of San Diego, connecting Mexicali, Mexico with Calexico, California. The designed landform serves as a sinuous spine to the site, providing orientation to different modes of traffic - cars, trucks, pedestrians. Along with expansive canopies on the pavilions, the landform provides needed cooling in the desert climate. "This project develops lots of different ways of screening," juror Reed Kroloff said, citing the solar benefits, but also the subtle ways that the complex achieves necessary privacy and security and organizes heavy volumes of traffic without creating an unsightly parking-lot effect.

The winners were announced on February 21st during a ceremony at The Modern in New York City.