The American Institute for Architects Hampton Roads Chapter recently honored two Clark Nexsen projects with Merit Awards, the Duke Hall School of Art & Art History at James Madison University (renovation) and the Central Beach Parkway project (unbuilt).
JMU partnered with GUND Partnership and Clark Nexsen to bring to life the faculty’s vision of a modern Art & Art History facility. Prior to the renovation and construction of a new addition, low ceilings, under-lit classrooms, and cramped studios contributed to the challenges facing faculty and students. Today, the space has been transformed into an inspiring center for the fine arts community, with raised ceilings, glass of varying transparencies and colors, and the new East Addition, which complements the existing architecture of the surrounding buildings.
The AIA Merit Award is representative of the successful revitalization of this facility from a cramped, unwelcoming building into a true center for arts education and promotion.
Central Beach Parkway was designed by a team of students participating in Clark Nexsen’s summer program. We are particularly proud of the Merit Award this project received on behalf of those students – it represents their hard work and innovation as well as our commitment to mentorship and the advancement of STEM education.