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Hotel, home and “hut” among architecture winners

A hotel, home and a “hut” are among seven buildings designed by central Ohio architectural firms recognized this week in the annual American Institute of Architects contest.



a small house in a forest: The "hut," a 600-square-foot cabin near Flushing, Ohio, designed by the Midland architectural firm, received an honor award in the "small project" category in the annual awards sponsored by the Columbus chapter of the American Institute of Architects.


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The “hut,” a 600-square-foot cabin near Flushing, Ohio, designed by the Midland architectural firm, received an honor award in the “small project” category in the annual awards sponsored by the Columbus chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

The buildings were chosen from 57 entries, and illustrate the breadth of work being done by Columbus-area architects and designers. This year’s winners, chosen by five members of the Philadelphia AIA chapter: 



This Victorian Village home renovation by Rogers Krajnak Architects received a merit award in the "small project" category in the 2020 AIA Awards sponsored by the Columbus Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.


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This Victorian Village home renovation by Rogers Krajnak Architects received a merit award in the “small project” category in the 2020 AIA Awards sponsored by the Columbus Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

• The “hut,” a 600-square-foot cabin in Belmont County designed by the Midland architectural firm, which has offices in Pittsburgh and Columbus, received an honor award in the “small project” category. 

The $125,000 cedar-clad box is fully off the grid, relying on solar power and collected rain water. The project, which was featured on the Discovery Network’s “Building Off the Grid” show, was praised by judges “for its simple elegance, intentional siting, and beautiful execution.”



a large building: The Columbus architectural firm Moody Nolan designed the University of Cincinnati's Health Science Building.


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The Columbus architectural firm Moody Nolan designed the University of Cincinnati’s Health Science Building.

• The 117,000-square-foot University of Cincinnati Health Science Building, designed by Moody Nolan in Columbus, received an honor award in the “large project” category. 

The $39 million project, which received LEED Gold status for its low environmental impact, was called “superbly executed from concept to execution,” by the jury, which added that “the project team executed the interior and exterior detailing with the utmost craft.”



a kitchen area with a building in the background: The interior architecture of Bath & Body Works' Research and Development Center in New Albany, designed by WSA, was honored in the AIA awards.


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The interior architecture of Bath & Body Works’ Research and Development Center in New Albany, designed by WSA, was honored in the AIA awards.

• The 53,000-square-foot Bath & Body Works Research and Development Center in New Albany, designed by the Columbus firm WSA, received an honor award for interior architecture. 

Judges called the $7.1 million project “a compelling example of adaptive re-use and interior architecture” and particularly celebrated its effectiveness in connecting the building’s users.



a large room: The Mission Salon in Dublin, designed by Tim Lai ArchitecT received a merit award in the new category of "architectural detail."


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The Mission Salon in Dublin, designed by Tim Lai ArchitecT received a merit award in the new category of “architectural detail.”

• The 2,000-square-foot Mission Salon in Dublin, designed by Tim Lai AchitecT, received a merit award in the new category of “architectural detail.” 

The design relied on natural materials, restrained colors and light to create gender-neutral space. “The shape of natural light through the skylight transforms the found ‘strip mall’ condition,” wrote the judges, who called the space “radiant.” 



a tall building in a city: Judges praised the interactive hummingbird murals on the side of the Graduate Columbus hotel in the Short North.


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Judges praised the interactive hummingbird murals on the side of the Graduate Columbus hotel in the Short North.

• The renovation of a 94,068-square-foot Short North building into the Graduate Columbus hotel, designed

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Wildlife, conservation, recreation among topics of new Colorado Outdoors podcast | Cheyenne Edition

For any outdoor-centric Coloradan, there’s a new podcast to consider.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife at the end of October launched Colorado Outdoors, audio segments “designed to share the work taking place in the agency,” according to a news release.

Topics will include “parks, wildlife, trails, outdoor recreation, safety, natural resources, research, biology, energy and more.” The podcast “will also give the agency a communication tool to share information on hot and pressing topics,” according to the release.

Colorado Outdoors launched with a 37-minute interview with Dan Prenzlow, director of the government enterprise funded by sporting licenses, park passes and other fees.

The balance between conservation and recreation has “really hit a crescendo in the last five years,” Prenzlow said, alluding to record crowding at parks and the state’s ever-rising population. He said CPW is “working with the governor’s office” to come up with a “balancing” plan.

“Everybody that makes a decision — every county, every city, the state and federal government — anytime you approve something or disapprove something, you’re adding to that complexity,” Prenzlow said. “Long story short, we’re gonna work to balance that.”

Another Colorado Outdoors episode focuses on Fishers Peak, the 42nd state park that recently opened. The park’s manager, Crystal Dreiling, said she expects it to take two years to finalize a master plan for developing the 19,200-acre preserve.

She described the “raw and rugged” nature of the park. “Hopefully we can keep it that way in a sense,” she said.

Colorado Outdoors is available wherever you stream podcasts, including Spotify, Apple/iTunes, Google and Amazon.

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Wildlife, conservation, recreation among topics of new Colorado Outdoors podcast | Thetribune

For any outdoor-centric Coloradan, there’s a new podcast to consider.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife at the end of October launched Colorado Outdoors, audio segments “designed to share the work taking place in the agency,” according to a news release.

Topics will include “parks, wildlife, trails, outdoor recreation, safety, natural resources, research, biology, energy and more.” The podcast “will also give the agency a communication tool to share information on hot and pressing topics,” according to the release.

Colorado Outdoors launched with a 37-minute interview with Dan Prenzlow, director of the government enterprise funded by sporting licenses, park passes and other fees.

The balance between conservation and recreation has “really hit a crescendo in the last five years,” Prenzlow said, alluding to record crowding at parks and the state’s ever-rising population. He said CPW is “working with the governor’s office” to come up with a “balancing” plan.

“Everybody that makes a decision — every county, every city, the state and federal government — anytime you approve something or disapprove something, you’re adding to that complexity,” Prenzlow said. “Long story short, we’re gonna work to balance that.”

Another Colorado Outdoors episode focuses on Fishers Peak, the 42nd state park that recently opened on a limited basis. The park’s manager, Crystal Dreiling, said she expects it to take two years to finalize a master plan, a guide for developing the 19,200-acre preserve.

She described the “raw and rugged” nature of the park. “Hopefully we can keep it that way in a sense,” she said.

Colorado Outdoors is available wherever you stream podcasts, including Spotify, Apple/iTunes, Google and Amazon.

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Wildlife, conservation, recreation among topics of new Colorado Outdoors podcast | Pikes Peak Courier

For any outdoor-centric Coloradan, there’s a new podcast to consider.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife at the end of October launched Colorado Outdoors, audio segments “designed to share the work taking place in the agency,” according to a news release.

Topics will include “parks, wildlife, trails, outdoor recreation, safety, natural resources, research, biology, energy and more.” The podcast “will also give the agency a communication tool to share information on hot and pressing topics,” according to the release.

Colorado Outdoors launched with a 37-minute interview with Dan Prenzlow, director of the government enterprise funded by sporting licenses, park passes and other fees.

The balance between conservation and recreation has “really hit a crescendo in the last five years,” Prenzlow said, alluding to record crowding at parks and the state’s ever-rising population. He said CPW is “working with the governor’s office” to come up with a “balancing” plan.

“Everybody that makes a decision — every county, every city, the state and federal government — anytime you approve something or disapprove something, you’re adding to that complexity,” Prenzlow said. “Long story short, we’re gonna work to balance that.”

Another Colorado Outdoors episode focuses on Fishers Peak, the 42nd state park that recently opened on a limited basis. The park’s manager, Crystal Dreiling, said she expects it to take two years to finalize a master plan, a guide for developing the 19,200-acre preserve.

She described the “raw and rugged” nature of the park. “Hopefully we can keep it that way in a sense,” she said.

Colorado Outdoors is available wherever you stream podcasts, including Spotify, Apple/iTunes, Google and Amazon.

Contact the writer: [email protected]

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Wildlife, conservation, recreation among topics of new Colorado Outdoors podcast | Lifestyle

For any outdoor-centric Coloradan, there’s a new podcast to consider.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife at the end of October launched Colorado Outdoors, audio segments “designed to share the work taking place in the agency,” according to a news release.

Topics will include “parks, wildlife, trails, outdoor recreation, safety, natural resources, research, biology, energy and more.” The podcast “will also give the agency a communication tool to share information on hot and pressing topics,” according to the release.

Colorado Outdoors launched with a 37-minute interview with Dan Prenzlow, director of the government enterprise funded by sporting licenses, park passes and other fees.

The balance between conservation and recreation has “really hit a crescendo in the last five years,” Prenzlow said, alluding to record crowding at parks and the state’s ever-rising population. He said CPW is “working with the governor’s office” to come up with a “balancing” plan.

“Everybody that makes a decision — every county, every city, the state and federal government — anytime you approve something or disapprove something, you’re adding to that complexity,” Prenzlow said. “Long story short, we’re gonna work to balance that.”

Another Colorado Outdoors episode focuses on Fishers Peak, the 42nd state park now open on a limited basis. The park’s manager, Crystal Dreiling, said she expects it to take two years to finalize a master plan, a guide for developing the 19,200-acre preserve.

She described the “raw and rugged” nature of the park. “Hopefully we can keep it that way in a sense,” she said.

Colorado Outdoors is available wherever you stream podcasts, including Spotify, Apple/iTunes, Google and Amazon.

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Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation ranks among best in the country

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation has been recognized by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies for the third time in three attempts, dating back to 2010.

There are about 10,000 U.S. park and recreation agencies, and less than 2% are accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. That list includes Sioux Falls.

“Really tries to make you better as a department and also holds you to high standard of providing great parks & rec services to your community,” Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation director Don Kearney said.

Accreditation is awarded every five years. This year, Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation met all 151 standards and received a perfect score.

“Sioux Falls Parks & Rec has been around for over a hundred years, and we’ve got a lot of policies and procedures in place, we’ve got systems in place, we’ve got standard operating procedures,” Kearney said.

Experience is where many other communities fall short on accreditation.

“A lot of newer communities that have parks & rec departments that haven’t been around that long, really haven’t evolved enough to really be able to provide that level of compliance with the standards that they set out,” Kearney said.

Sioux Falls was honored during a virtual conference due to COVID-19, but Kearney says Parks & Rec is up and operational. The Midco Aquatic Center and community centers are open and the department is gearing up for winter and spring activities. Allowing the public a short break from the pandemic.

“We want people to get out and recreate and get the exercise and mental break that I think we all need due to this COVID situation that we’re in,” Kearney said.

Registration for hundreds of classes, programs, and activities for the winter season begins Sunday.

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Cape Cod Named Among U.S.’s Best Vacation Spots: Travel Magazine

HYANNIS, MA — The coronavirus pandemic has made vacationing a challenge in 2020, but Cape Cod was still named among the best family vacation spots in the United States according to travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler.

The magazine’s editorial board annually names its favorite spots, and last week, the magazine wrote that “Cape Cod has remained a favorite of vacationing families for generations — and for good reason.”

“From the moment you cross Sagamore Bridge (or Bourne Bridge—both connect the island to mainland Massachusetts), you, too, will be swayed by all it has to offer,” the magazine wrote. “The picturesque ocean views and fresh-from-the-water lobster rolls are just the beginning.”

Some of the highlights Condé Nast Traveler pointed out for families to check out included the Nauset Lighthouse, the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and the Villages at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club in Brewster.

Cape Cod was one of seven vacation spots listed. The list also included Catalina Island, California; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Alexandria, Virginia; Finger Lakes, New York; Moab, Utah; and Hilton Head, South Carolina.

This article originally appeared on the Barnstable-Hyannis Patch

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A Mass. spot was just named among the best family vacation destinations

Conde Nast Traveler just named a Massachusetts destination among the best places in America for families on vacation.

The travel magazine named Cape Cod among seven of the best family vacation spots in the U.S. because it “fits every need” for families. Families have to consider many factors when planning a trip, the publication noted, such as distance, affordability, dining options, activities for all ages, and safety.

Here’s what the publication wrote about the Cape:

“For a dose of family fun, visit the historic, 48-foot-tall Nauset Lighthouse, which dates back to the 19th century and played an important role in the area’s maritime history, and spend the rest of the day communing with nature at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, where kids can learn about the area’s wildlife and habitats on a 45-minute clue-filled quest. The Villages at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club, at the northern tip of the peninsula, has a massive pool, plus activities for kids of all ages, from oyster bed tours and tennis lessons to stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking on its very own Blueberry Pond.”

The other top family vacation destinations in the U.S., according to the publication, are Catalina Island, Calif., Albuquerque, N.M., Alexandria, Va., Finger Lakes, N.Y., Moab, Utah, and Hilton Head, S.C.

View the entire list of best family vacation spots in the U.S.

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