CSO Architects is recognized for Design Excellence by AIA

The American Institute of Architects in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana has honored Columbus North High School’s renovation project in the renovation/addition category of a statewide design awards competition. CSO Architects associate principal Jeff Olson, who served as project manager, accepted the award.

With regard to the Columbus North project, the jury commented, “by flipping the building entry to the opposite side, and placing additions strategically, the architects were able to completely transform this school while still fully utilizing its existing spaces. A restrained interior color palette, so rarely seen in schools, and exposed original waffle slabs, open up the interiors, providing an appropriate backdrop to the activity within. The reinterpretation of the exterior classroom wing elevation is also a masterful touch.”

Earlier this year, the Indianapolis AIA Chapter recognized Columbus East High School with an Excellence in Architecture Citation Award. Jim Funk, Project Manager, and John Rigsbee, Managing Principal, accepted the award. The jury commented “the new main entrance makes a definite presence and statement for the building while opening up the front as a place to congregate, meet, and sit on the steps. This also achieves the ability to secure a single front entrance and provide accessibility and visibility to those coming and going. The flexible spaces and collaborative areas offer much better daylight and lighting with enhanced connectivity to adjacent spaces. Interiors are bright and inviting, especially the painted orange structure and ducts, and selective walls against the white and natural wood.”