The Regional Plant Teaching Facility in Raleigh, North Carolina, has received a 2017 International Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. The project previously received a 2017 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and is one of only five U.S. projects recognized this year with both awards.
The facility was among the projects selected from a record number of submissions. A jury chose the winning projects from 27 countries as the best examples of new and cutting-edge global architecture and design. On Friday, September 8, 2017, an exhibition of the award-winning buildings will open in Athens, Greece. That same evening there will be an Awards Presentation Gala Dinner in Istanbul.
The Regional Plant Teaching Facility on the Northern Wake campus of Wake Tech Community College merges technology, education, and sustainability. The facility highlights the striking aesthetic of building technology and creates a unique educational experience that reveals technology’s role in preserving the beauty of the natural world.
“The regional plant is made up of spaces to house heating and cooling equipment,” said Clark Nexsen architect Don Kranbuehl. “But it is also an educational facility for teaching students and the public about energy efficient building systems.”