HDR Wins Three Awards at IDEA Competition

(June 16, 2015) - Three cheers for our Omaha office for earning three awards at the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Great Plains Chapter's 2015 IDEA Competition! Designers from HDR's Omaha office accepted the awards at the May 15th award ceremony.

"It's an honor for HDR to have our work recognized by our peers for achieving this level of design excellence," says Mike Hamilton, design principal. "It's meaningful for the clients we serve and all of those involved in our projects—from the contractors to the end users. It's also important for the communities that these projects are part of to see how architecture and design are investing in their people and culture."

The winning projects are:

Joslyn Art Museum's Art Works, Omaha, Nebraska

Winner, Education category and Honor Award for innovative use of space

The single 1,500-square-foot renovation of an underused archive storage vault now offers children of all ages a unique, creative exploration of art that inspires imagination and creativity. The project houses nine art-inspired activity stations, each of which required significant custom detailing. All of the materials and finishes, including the custom-made stools and tables (with removable panels for storage) and the colorful green built-in play spaces, were designed to be both appealing and functional. The bright colors in the space were drawn from the museum's branding, and they serve as a bright contrast to the surrounding exhibit areas. 

"Joslyn Art Works was a distinctly fun and challenging project," says William DeRoin, lead architect. "While small in size, every single aspect needed to be carefully considered with custom detailing and design. The project wouldn't have been the same without the energy put forth by the design team, which included Trevor Hollins and his lighting team, our MEP and structural teams and Nick Zuniga and the signage group."

William goes on to say that equally important to the success of the project is the client's and community's enthusiasm and support. "It has been exciting to watch families engage in the space—often in new and creative ways that we hadn't anticipated," he says. "Ultimately, we hope the Art Works project will have a lasting impact on the community for sparking an interest in the creation and appreciation of art."

Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital, Barrow, Alaska

Winner, Healthcare category

Located 340 miles north of the Arctic Circle in an extreme climate, this new 103,000-square-foot critical access hospital was designed for residents in Barrow and five outlying villages known as the Northern Slope.

Respect for and celebration of the Inupiat culture was a major objective of the design. The patient rooms were designed to accommodate parkas and extended families visiting patients. The rooms were set up in a triangular fashion so the doctor never turns his or her back to the patient or their family members—important in Inupiat etiquette. The design reflects the environment, drawing from the landscape with its dynamic ice patterns, low light angles, drifting snow and the Aurora Borealis. Its bright hues, combined with ample natural light, have created a beacon for the community.

"In my 25 years at HDR, this has been the most remarkable and gratifying project that I have worked on," says Tom Hicks, senior project manager. "The folks from the Arctic Slope Native Association were so eager for and appreciative of our effort with our partners at RIM Architects. It had been a long road for them to get the funding to replace their outdated facility. As the only hospital on the North Slope, it's very important to those folks."

Please join us in congratulating these designers.

The (IIDA) Great Plains Chapter's 2015 IDEA Competition recognizes interior design excellence from the Des Moines, eastern Iowa and Omaha areas annually.

Read more about IIDA here