AIA Florida Design Award: Solstice Recognized for Sustainability / by JPA

The Solstice Architects team gathered at the Boca Raton Resort to accept the Merit Award.

The Solstice Architects team gathered at the Boca Raton Resort to accept the Merit Award.

There could not have been a more picturesque setting when the team from Solstice Architects headed to south Florida on August 1, 2015 to be honored for their work on the iconic Palm Avenue Parking Garage in Sarasota, Florida.

The Boca Raton Resort (not the Parking Garage)

The Boca Raton Resort (not the Parking Garage)

The beautiful Boca Raton Resort, initially designed in the 1920's by Addison Mizer, was the setting for the 2015 AIA Florida Convention which culminated Saturday night when the American Institute of Architect's Florida chapter recognized the best in design and sustainability in the Florida and Caribbean region.  

A distinguished crowd gathered to celebrate the achievements of their peers. 

A distinguished crowd gathered to celebrate the achievements of their peers. 

Out of 300 submissions, twenty-five projects representing work from seventeen architecture firms in Florida and Puerto Rico, along with 10 individuals, were selected to receive an AIA Florida/Caribbean Honor and Design Award.

Solstice's Palm Avenue Parking Garage was presented with a Merit Award for Sustainability by the jury who commented that,

This project's agenda goes far beyond the program and engages the community by space use in ways that would never be expected.
The Palm Avenue Parking Garage designed for the City of Sarasota and built by Suffolk Construction. To view more pictures, click here. Photo by Barry Grossman. 

The Palm Avenue Parking Garage designed for the City of Sarasota and built by Suffolk Construction. To view more pictures, click here. Photo by Barry Grossman

Beyond the recognition for Jonathan Parks AIA and Solstice Architects, it was a top evening for local talent with numerous other Sarasota projects and people honored including Harold Bubil, Real Estate Editor for the Sarasota Herald Tribune, who received the Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award

The Solstice team - Wendy, Todd, Selma, John, Chris, Jonathan, and Kathryn - with Cheryl and Harold Bubil.

The Solstice team - Wendy, Todd, Selma, John, Chris, Jonathan, and Kathryn - with Cheryl and Harold Bubil.

All in all, it was a great night for AIA Florida and Solstice Architects. 

I am an AIA member because..."I want to change the way people live."

I am an AIA member because..."I want to change the way people live."

..."The AIA is in my corner."

..."The AIA is in my corner."

It was certainly a memorable evening - with the team together and the AIA always in our corner. 

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Palm Avenue Parking Garage Info and Team:

Location: 1289 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
Client: City of Sarasota
Contractor: Suffolk Construction Company, Inc.
Civil Engineer: Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Walter P. Moore & Associates, Inc.
MEP Engineer: TLC Engineering
Metal Sail Fabricator: Mullet's Aluminum