As such, the Morgens' innovative renovation, completed in 2013, advances UC's campus environment, which has been recognized in recent years as one of the world's
most beautiful by Forbes
magazine and others.
But Morgens is about more than attention-getting style. It also incorporates sustainability and eco-friendly efficiency.
According to Aaron Hill, partner at Richard Fleischmann + Partners Architects, Inc. the firm that designed the renovation of the building in 2013 Morgens Hall surpasses most new designs in areas of high sustainability and aesthetic quality. As a result Hill says Morgens Hall has, to date, been recognized with three different Design Awards from the AIA Cincinnati, AIA Cleveland and AIA for Ohio.
An AIA Design Award is the highest design award honor for an architectural project to receive with the primary goal to focus on and recognize the highest quality project, regardless of project size, budget, geographic location, or building type,
says Hill. A jury of notable architects from outside of the region of the awards program is assembled annually to evaluate all projects based on the aesthetic, functional, contextual, social and sustainable characteristics of the design.
There were about 100 projects submitted for the 2014 AIA Ohio Design Awards (the most-recent awards presented), with about 10 winners, Hill says. For AIA Cincinnati and AIA Cleveland, there were around 50 projects submitted for each, with Morgens Hall winning in all three categories.
This successful project wasnt always in the initial plans, however, as Morgens Hall and her soon-to-be twin sister,
, were originally scheduled for demolition.
Part of the triplet-sister-residence halls built in 1964, Morgens stood proud on the corner of Martin Luther King Dr. and Jefferson, with Scioto Hall in the center and Sawyer Hall on the far end. But in 2000, the universitys master plan suggested the buildings be removed. Sawyer was razed in 2006, while Morgens and Scioto remained shut down until plans to demolish and all new construction could begin.