Buchar, Mitchell, Bajt Architects, Inc.
recently received the Steel Joist Institute
’s 2013 Design (Non-Industrial) Award for Olivet's Douglas E. Perry Student Life and Recreation Center project.
“Buchar, Mitchell, Bajt Architects is a great firm to work with,” said Mrs. Jill Bowling, design liaison for the University and wife of Olivet’s President John C. Bowling. “Before beginning the project, we talked with them about the essence and culture of Olivet plus the vision and goals for the Perry Center. They really came through, transforming our vision into not only a functional, but also a beautiful building.”
As part of this award, Olivet also receives $2,000 for an engineering student scholarship.
In cooperation with Olivet’s team, Buchar, Mitchell, Bajt Architects, Inc. designed a facility that promotes community life, student relationships, health, fitness and fun. Dedicated December 12, 2012
, the state-of-the-art, energy efficient, 168,000-square-foot multi-use Perry Center features:
• 72,000-square-foot field house
• 200-meter running track
• four-story climbing wall
• workout facilities
• large game area
• several classrooms
• aquatic center, which includes a 10-lane competition pool, resistance pool and whirlpool
It is also home to the University’s swimming team and indoor track and field team.
“Every aspect of the Perry Center was designed to foster the Olivet campus community,” said Matt Smith, director of recreation services. “I have a great sense of satisfaction observing our students utilizing the space to its full potential.”
Judging of each project was based on flexibility, speed of construction, value and aesthetic considerations. Eligible projects included new buildings and major retrofit or expansion projects, which were constructed within the last three years and located in the United States, Canada or Mexico. The steel joists and/or joist girders must have been manufactured by an active member of the Steel Joist Institute. Gooder-Henrichsen Co. was the steel joist manufacturer for the Perry Center.
“To be selected from the thousands of entries submitted by firms in three countries, and to win the top award in one of three categories, is outstanding,” said Thomas A. Buchar, AIA, NCARB, the firm’s president. “This recognition shows the excellent cooperation among the Olivet staff, the architectural team and the engineering team.”