WJE Projects Honored With Three Prestigious National AIA Awards

January 15, 2013
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently announced the winners of the 2013 AIA Honors Awards. WJE is pleased to have been named for three awards.

WJE's exterior restoration of the New York Public Library won a 2013 Institute Honor Award for Architecture. As lead architect, WJE performed an exhaustive survey of the building's marble facade, sculptures, windows, doors, roofs, and plazas. Systematic cleaning and repairs were executed to preserve the iconic Beaux-Arts landmark. One juror commented, "This is the first comprehensive exterior reconstruction effort in the building's history and it was thoroughly and successfully executed."

Also part of a winning entry in the Architecture category, WJE was the waterproofing sub-consultant for the 25,000-square-foot underground addition to the Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges at Yale University. Said one juror, "It is sensitive to the resources and shows real attention to detail..."

WJE served as waterproofing sub-consultant for the National September 11 Memorial, which was awarded the 2013 Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design. Considered one of the most complicated and challenging waterproofing projects in the world, WJE designed the waterproofing systems for the plaza, fountains, and sub-grade areas of the memorial. A contest juror commented, "It is profound, and profoundly good with many successful features which include maintaining the building footprints, using water to evoke the motion and power of the towers' collapse, and also using water and landscape to symbolize the continuity of life."

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