Plano-Coudon Project Wins Prestigious American Architecture Award


The Colombiere Residence and Chapel for Senior Jesuits, a project completed by Plano-Coudon Construction, has been honored with an American Architecture Award by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

The project, designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, is just one of 65 selected out of  hundreds of submissions from firms across the country.  The other winning projects  span not only the United States but abroad, as well. The American Architect Awards  program is by far the most prestigious in America and Plano-Coudon is honored to  be in such company.

The 60,000 SF building, located on a 13.6 acre park-like setting in Roland Park, was  constructed to LEED Silver
standards. It provides residential, communal and worship facilities for 38 senior clergymen of the Society of Jesus in a supportive living environment designed to enhance aging in-place. In addition to residential rooms, the project includes a new chapel, library, main living room, commercial kitchen, and administrative office space. Preconstruction services were provided including value engineering, constructability reviews, and multiple budgets at designated design levels.

The showcase of the facility is the chapel. The space is  bathed in natural light thanks to the floor to ceiling  curtainwall on either end of the chapel. Custom “trees” were constructed of ornamental  steel and perforated wood millwork panels, filtering the light and mimicking the shade of the natural arbors reflecting in the glass.

Colombiere, along with the other elite buildings and urban planning projects selected  by  the jury of The Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre, will be showcased at  the 14th   International Biennial of Architecture Buenos Aires from September 19  through October  15,  2013. The exhibition, entitled The City and the World combines  both the American  Architecture Awards with the International Architecture Awards.

This is the 15th year of the American Architecture Awards, which promotes and  highlights the best practices and global trends in today’s architectural industry in the  United States.

After Buenos Aires the exhibition is scheduled to travel in Europe, opening at The European Centre’s Contemporary Space Athens in Athens, Greece.

Plano-Coudon Construction provides construction management, general contracting, and design/build services to the Baltimore/Washington region. Established in 1998, Plano-Coudon prides itself on building quality facilities for institutional, commercial and not-for-profit clients. Some of these clients include the University of Maryland system, Johns Hopkins University, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and developers such as Corporate Office Properties Trust. For more information, please Your Vision. Our Mission.