Representatives from Monroe County, Monroe Community College and LaBella Associates recently received the Design Excellence Award from American Institute of Architects, Rochester Chapter in the institutional category over $2 million, in recognition of the MCC Downtown Campus project.
“Our state-of-the-art MCC Downtown Campus represents a substantial investment in higher education, workforce development and new jobs and opportunity right here in Monroe County,” said Cheryl Dinolfo, county executive. “We are proud that this award recognizes Monroe County’s commitment to creating a purpose-built downtown campus that will support a stronger workforce and economy here for years to come. On behalf of a grateful community, I thank our many talented project partners, including MCC, LaBella, DiMarco and others, for their outstanding collaboration in completing this project on time and on budget.”
AIA’s Design Excellence Award recognizes excellence in architectural design. As the managing agency, Monroe County worked with MCC and project architect LaBella Associates, construction manager DiMarco Group as well as several subcontractors and trade unions.
“We are honored to have MCC’s Downtown Campus be recognized by the American Institute of Architects, underscoring our county’s and community’s support of MCC and our students,” said Anne Kress, president of MCC. “Years of inspiring work and extraordinary partnerships have resulted in a campus that is transforming the lives of our students and enriching our community. The dynamic, collaborative, innovative learning environment empowers students today and for generations to come to live out their hopes, dreams and aspirations.”
Monroe County, MCC and LaBella received the AIA Award at its annual awards ceremony in Rochester.
“We’re proud that an esteemed jury of architects recognized the achievement of the downtown campus project,” said Robert Healy, president of LaBella. “The design team managed many technical challenges in the transformation of an office environment into a campus with dynamic public spaces and pedagogy-driven features. The project represents the best of what’s possible for bringing new life and new vision to our community’s built environment.”
AIA is a nonprofit association dedicated to the profession and practice of architecture. The group advocates for professional advancement, community involvement and promoting design excellence.
The MCC Downtown Campus previously received American Public Works Association’s New York State Project of the Year Award, as well as LEED gold certification from U.S. Green Building Council.