The American Institute of Architects (AIA) St. Louis chapter hosted its annual awards event in late September to recognize stand out design work in the city and region from the past year. The awards program seeks to recognize excellence across architecture, interiors, unbuilt work and craftsmanship with a focus on acknowledging work that improves the spaces where we work, live, play and recreate.
CannonDesign’s St. Louis team earned seven different awards across three categories. The event and award winners received strong local press coverage including an extensive feature in the St. Louis Business Journal (attached to the post below). The specific award winners are documented below. Kudos to everyone for their stand-out and award-winning work.
Architecture Merit Award: Lemay Community Center
The Lemay Community Center is a new 45,000 sf community recreation center and outdoor aquatic complex planned for the Lemay community. The center serves as a catalyst for growth in this resurgent community and is located in historic Jefferson Barracks Park, a 450-acre park on the Mississippi River that is relatively unknown to residents in the region due to its lack of visibility.
The community center is conceived as a welcoming “pavilion in the park” destination, organized to maximize views of the wooded landscape and historic structures. The design process required strong collaboration with CannonDesign, the St. Louis County Economic Council and the St. Louis County Parks Department. Inside, the center includes a large multipurpose event room with adjacent kitchen, a multiuse activity court, weight and cardio areas, a group exercise room, elevated jogging track, offices and other public areas. The outdoor pool complex includes a large beach entry leisure pool with a terraced wet deck and children’s play fort, a fitness pool with lap lanes, lazy river, deep water pool for diving and climbing wall.