Congratulations to our staff for earning five awards this season. The studio’s dedication has led to the successes of these projects. Great job to our team for receiving such elite awards by professionals in our industry.
On Sept. 15, AIA KY/IN honored Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf’s Principal Jonathan Hess and the rest of the team with the 25-Year Award for the design of The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. The award was presented at the 2016 AIA Kentucky/Indiana Convention & Trade Show during the Celebrating Design Awards Reception & Presentation. Great job, team!
“The museum was deeply honored to receive the AIA’s 25-year award,” said John Vanausdall, director of The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. “Of course, the credit goes to Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf architects, and in particular to Jonathan Hess for his remarkable vision for our building, but the award means a great deal to us as the owner nevertheless. I often say that Jonathan’s genius in the Eiteljorg Museum design was that he took inspiration from the Southwest’s prehistoric Native American structures, the living pueblos and the Spanish-influenced territorial architecture, and yet avoided a literal, vernacular interpretation. He abstracted the forms and created a thoroughly modern building that is ageless. The AIA award recognizes that the building has held up well even after the passage of a quarter century, and I fully believe the same will be said at the century mark and beyond.”
Jonathan Hess, principal and president of Browning Day, shared his sentiments and added “Our work with The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art began before it existed – from original discussions with Mr. Eiteljorg and the Lilly Endowment, to Gov. Robert Orr providing the site in White River State Park. Trips to every museum I could manage paved the way for a functioning facility. Metaphor and analogy of the southwest and its ancient inhabitants provided the grist for the mill of creative thought. I am humbled to be a part of the Eiteljorg’s history, and honored to receive the acknowledgment.”
The 80,000-square-foot museum houses a broad collection of Native American and Western American art. The museum includes permanent galleries to display its extensive collection of paintings, sculptures and other cultural art objects. Other key elements include a gallery to accommodate traveling exhibits, collections storage, other support areas and a 3,000-square-foot gift shop.
Thank you to DePauw University staff and donors for allowing us to create a partnership with you to design Stewart Plaza.
In September, the landscape architecture team from Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf received the Design- Unbuilt Works Award for the Stewart Plaza at DePauw University by the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Congratulations, team!
“Once complete in the Summer of 2017, Stewart Plaza (at DePauw University) will reorient the heart of campus experience back onto the primary building entrances of the Union and new Dining Center, as well as, broader campus axial focal points, such as historic East College, and the surrounding pastoral mall that Browning Day also guided the university in reforesting, new pathways, and accessibility solutions that fit up more sensitively to the historic architecture,” said Barth Hendrickson, Browning Day Principal and Executive Vice President. “We appreciate the university leadership in creating a wonderful sandbox and allowing us to play in it with fountains, furniture, plants, and pathways.”
Carefully programmed and planned to embrace pedestrian activity and create a space on campus, the plaza will feature two fountains that book-end a plaza space on center with the Dining Center. Sensitive grade changes allow for barrier-free access to buildings’ main entries, bosques of trees in a suspended pavement planter system and varied surface materials including turf, crushed granite and granite paver and steps. Subtle theatrical lighting of seat-height walls, fountains and plant material will welcome students, faculty, and staff at all hours. Many underground utilities were coordinated in order to accommodate sloping walkways and the planned placement of a large London Plane Trees.
The award was given during the ASLA’s annual meeting on Sept. 23 at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park. The all-day meeting featured several breakout sessions from colleagues, including Browning Day’s Ryan Cambridge, who spoke about the art of Plug-and-Play Placemaking in his project, The Art Bäks at Davlan Park. The session sought to better emphasize and quantify the multiple benefits of “place-led” design and planning processes, especially with regard to 21st century urban greenspaces. The discussion included why this process is important, how it benefits both the owner and the community, and successes and lessons learned from his experience.
On Oct. 20, Browning Day rounded out the awards season by taking home three during the Monumental Awards. The awards, presented by the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, celebrate excellence in landscape architecture, interior design, neighborhood revitalization, architecture, design, engineering, construction and public art throughout the Indianapolis region.
Browning Day received the following awards:
• The Real Estate Redevelopment Merit Award for The Historic Penn Street Tower
• The Landscape Architecture Top Honor Award for Gate 1 Plaza at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
• Achievement Award in Innovative Reuse for the Penn Street Tower
Gate 1 Plaza is a five-acre space acting as the new front door to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Through thoughtful design and a sensitivity to place and experience, Browning Day’s design team was able to create a holistic gateway statement that welcomes fans from around the world to the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Our team focused on three key themes for the space:
1. Sensitivity to Historical Context and Traditions,
2. Enhance the Fan Experience,
3. Facilitate Fan Safety and Venue Security.
Penn Street Tower features luxury-renovated high rise apartments and hotel rooms with a street level commercial space located one block off of Monument Circle. Browning Day transformed the once vacant building by repairing the façade and restoring the interior, most importantly, doing so to keep its historic charm and Beaux-Arts styling.
“The more improbable the building the better the challenge,” said Greg Jacoby, Browning Day Principal and Chief Executive Officer. “For many years, this project struggled to find a design solution. Working with TWG and Good Hospitality, we were able to uncouple the multi-use space from parking, conventional apartment, and hotel design needs, and create unique apartment units and hotel rooms that fit within the building framework.”