Francis Cauffman wins two IDA design awards

September 20, 2011 |

The PA/NJ/DE Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) has presented the Francis Cauffman architecture firm with two awards: the Best Interior Design of 2011 for the W. L. Gore offices in Elkton, MD, and the President’s Choice Award for St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ.
“It is an honor to receive this award and have our work acknowledged by the regional IIDA chapter. This award reflects our commitment to create spaces that reflect our client’s workplace vision,” stated John Campbell, AIA, RIBA, LEED AP, Principal at Francis Cauffman.
Francis Cauffman was working with W. L. Gore to develop ideas and methods for a new workplace strategy, while creating a specific space concept for W. L. Gore’s offices in Elkton. According to the judges, the result is a “restrained, understated design that is of-the-moment without becoming trendy. The colors are also simple and sophisticated but engaging.” The team designed the space to be flexible and open, providing sunlight deep into the interior. The design supports many work styles with common areas for informal meetings and collaboration.
“We’re proud of our healthcare work and the recognition that is has received. The lobby is the gateway to a state-of-the-art facility and presents a new face to the local community. We’re looking forward to continuing our design vision for St. Joe’s,” said Jim Crispino, AIA, NCARB, President of Francis Cauffman.
The lobby for the children’s hospital at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center is a healing environment that also engages the hospital’s young patients. Francis Cauffman designed the globe suspended from the ceiling while an interactive wall changes colors behind it. Different materials and soothing colors throughout the room assist with wayfinding. Claudine Levan, President of the PA/NJ/DE Chapter of the IIDA, chooses the recipient of this award. She stated that the “material selections are sophisticated and the suspended sculpture adds a playful kinetic element to the overall design.” The medical center will be fully completed in the spring of 2012. BD+C

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