New York, NY: The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has just announced the recipients of the distinguished Institute Honor Awards, recognizing excellence and distinction in architecture, urban architecture, and interior architecture. SOM was awarded 2 of the 6 winning projects in the Regional & Urban Design Category for the Denver Union Station Neighborhood Transformation project and the Son Tra Peninsula Strategic Vision Plan. Both winning projects demonstrate SOM’s commitment to ecologically integrated and livable development strategies.
The redevelopment of the former rail yards at Denver Union Station is a case study of the power of transit-oriented urban design. The 42-acre master plan knits together light rail, commuter rail, and buses into a 21st-century intermodal transportation hub. Modal connectivity is facilitated by integrating land use and transportation infrastructure to support more than 4 million square feet of mixed-use urban infill. This substantial public investment has catalyzed an unprecedented wave of private-sector activity, with over $1 billion in new projects shaping a transit-oriented precinct and new urban neighborhood.
SOM’s Son Tra Peninsula Strategic Vision Plan outlines strategies to guide future development and to protect this peninsula’s unique natural assets, which are currently threatened by a wide range of economic development pressures. Located immediately adjacent to the city center of Da Nang, Vietnam, and covering nearly 15,000 acres of unique natural landscape, the Son Tra Peninsula projects into the South China Sea as a mountain ‘island.’ SOM’s vision plan calls for the creation of a protected National Park status for the ‘island’ while providing initiatives to strengthen eco-tourism. The plan proposes locations for compact, high-density development that respond to the existing topography and protect sensitive wildlife habitat zones, enabling new employment and an increased GDP for the wider region.
About Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
SOM is one of the leading architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firms in the world, with a 75-year reputation for design excellence and a portfolio that includes some of the most important architectural accomplishments of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since its inception, SOM has been a leader in the research and development of specialized technologies, new processes and innovative ideas, many of which have had a palpable and lasting impact on the design profession and the physical environment. The firm has been honored with more than 1,700 awards for quality, innovation, and management. The firm maintains offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Brussels, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.