Architectural Portfolio "Outstanding Designs"

Press Release

01 November 2008

Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd. announce the Draper Walsh Stadium of Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA has been selected for publication in American School & University® 2008 Architectural Portfolio. The project is featured in the November 2008 edition of the magazine and also on their website as one of the countries most outstanding designs. The annual competition honors education design excellence while, the Architectural Portfolio spotlights projects representing some of the most effective learning environments in America.

Draper Walsh Stadium is the centerpiece of a larger Campus Athletic District Master Plan designed to host soccer, lacrosse and field hockey. The enhanced athletic district supports Immaculata University’s 2004 conversion to a co-ed institution and provides a modest, but recognizable home for Immaculata University’s NCAA athletic programs. Archer & Buchanan Architecture Ltd. worked closely with the college in designing the 1,000 seat grandstand, spectator amenity structures and team pavilions for home and visiting athletes. The design is a “transitional modern” aesthetic with simple geometries and clean lines that define the building masses with rich textural and compositional vocabulary of the core campus buildings as a primary source of inspiration. The stadium provides a new visual focus and boundary to the western edge of the campus. A jury composed of members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee of Architecture for Education members and education administrators evaluated submissions from architectural firms, schools and universities across the country. This is the 26th year the competition has been held. Featured projects include designs that revitalize and refresh school and university campuses. The jury considered the following specific criteria to make its selections: great space for learning that is well-designed, multi-faceted, accommodating technology and sustainable/maintainable. More information about the Architectural Portfolio, including a complete list of 2008 projects selected for publication is available on American School & University’s website, or by contacting Molly Roudebush, senior marketing manager, at (913) 967-1959 or mroudebush@ASUmag.com.

Founded in 1928, American School & University is devoted exclusively to education facilities/business administration. The authority for information about the education facilities market, AS&U delivers an insightful combination of exclusive reports, special focuses and how-to articles each month. For more information, please visit www.ASUmag.com and www.SchoolDesigns.com. American School & University is published by Penton Media, Inc.

Archer & Buchanan is an award-winning architecture firm known for timeless design, attention to detail and exquisite craftsmanship. Projects have included new structures as well as thoughtful renovations, additions, country property planning, master planning and feasibility studies, and adaptive re-use of buildings throughout the eastern seaboard. Among clients are private homeowners and cultural, institutional, and educational entities.

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