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ANNUAL AWARDS

The University UNITED Annual Awards are presented to outstanding projects that have been built during the prior year that meet the guidelines of transit-oriented development and enhance the quality of life along the University Avenue corridor.

2007 Award Winners

December 13, 2007
Overflow Espresso Café

The Annual Awards Program of University UNITED recognizes high quality design in buildings, landscapes, streetscape elements, or programs that have been undertaken during the year that meet the guidelines of transit-oriented development and enhance the quality of life along the University Avenue corridor.

Awards Panel:
Richard Fischer, AIA, Representing the St. Paul Chapter of the AIA
Tim Griffin, AIA, St. Paul on the Mississippi Design Center
Beverly Oliver Hawkins, Ph.D., CEO Model Cities
Linda Mack, Architectural Critic
Jun-Li Wang, Hamline Midway Coalition
Randy Schubring, Chair, University UNITED

2007 Project of the Year

Gordon Parks High School
1212 University Avenue, St. Paul

Gordon Parks High School brings the activity and vitality of student life to the corner of University Avenue and Griggs Street. Saint Paul Public Schools has succeeded in building a high quality facility directly on University Avenue, taking advantage of pedestrian and transit access, and also providing a strong visual accent which will serve as a model for future development.

Programming for this site started in February, 2003, when a vacant 3M manufacturing building was purchased by the School District. Pat Quinn, Executive Director of Plant Planning and Maintenance for the District, presented schematic designs to a number of community groups starting the following year. Construction of the 33,000 square foot building commenced in 2006 and was completed in November.

This elegant two story structure, designed by Wold Architects, is built to the street but creates some inviting relief on the corner with an attractive plaza. The large expanse of glass at the entrance serves to showcase the activities of the alternative learning environment inside and to welcome the students. The slope of the glass walls emulates the design features of the car dealership showrooms once prevalent along the Avenue. Principles of environmentally friendly design were incorporated into the building; Saint Paul Public Schools intends to apply for LEED Certification. To help strengthen ties between the school and the community, the building was also designed to be available to neighborhood groups. The building was constructed by Jorgenson Construction, Inc.

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Project of the Year, Gordon Parks High School, 1212 University Avenue, St. Paul
Project of the Year, Gordon Parks High School, 1212 University Avenue, St. Paul
Project of the Year, Gordon Parks High School, 1212 University Avenue, St. Paul
Project of the Year, Gordon Parks High School, 1212 University Avenue, St. Paul
Project of the Year, Gordon Parks High School
1212 University Avenue, St. Paul

2007 "Uni" Award Winners

Overflow Espresso Café
2929 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis

This neighborhood gathering place is a complete design environment that successfully integrates high quality landscaping, architecture, interior design and graphic design. It is located in the former Kemps Building, originally built for the Caterpillar Tractor Company. The building, now known as the Prospect Park Business Center, was converted to an office use by Dave Barnhart. The Overflow Espresso Café was created by his daughter, Molly Barnhart, in a 2,000 square foot former loading dock which is raised slightly above the street level. The two story Cafe has an entrance overlooking a meandering stream, waterfall, pond, fountain, and wooden deck. The waterfall motif on the outside carries through to the interior with an oversize ceramic coffee cup which also serves as a fountain. It was designed by Tom Lane, Professor of Ceramics at the University of Minnesota, who threw the large cup and saucer on his wheel and hand stamped each letter of interesting quotations in the clay. He also designed and constructed the pump system to create the overflow of the cup. The architect for the project was Sjoquist Architects, Inc., and the contractor was Arbuckle Construction, Inc.

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"Uni" Award Winners, Overflow Espresso Café, 2929 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis
"Uni" Award Winners, Overflow Espresso Café, 2929 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis
"Uni" Award Winners, Overflow Espresso Café, 2929 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis
"Uni" Award Winners, Overflow Espresso Café, 2929 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis
"Uni" Award Winners, Overflow Espresso Café
2929 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis

Transportation Mural
1831 University Avenue, corner of Fairview
FORECAST Public Art Works and Muralist Scott Murphy

FORECAST Public Art Works has been honored several times previously with "Uni" Awards for their ongoing annual grant program bringing high quality public art to University Avenue. This year, FORECAST partnered with property owner John Kachel of Major Tire Co, to commission a mural on the side of his building at 1831 University Avenue. There was a call to Minnesota artists, and artist Scott Murphy was selected by a community panel. The winning design evokes images and memories of University Avenue's history as a transportation corridor and is intended to excite residents for the future of light rail. Given its highly visible location at the corner of Fairview and University, the artist working on the site attracted considerable attention. As part of the interaction with the curious spectators, artist Scott Murphy modified his original design and incorporated some suggestions. Since its completion in September, it has attracted a steady stream of visitors who have lined up to be photographed as part of the crowd scene in the foreground of the mural.

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Transportation Mural, 1831 University Avenue, corner of Fairview, FORECAST Public Art Works and Muralist Scott Murphy
Transportation Mural, 1831 University Avenue, corner of Fairview, FORECAST Public Art Works and Muralist Scott Murphy
Transportation Mural, 1831 University Avenue, corner of Fairview
FORECAST Public Art Works and Muralist Scott Murphy

AIA 150
This year the American Institute of Architects (AIA) celebrated its 150th Anniversary as a national organization and local chapters around the country marked the occasion by volunteering for community service projects. The St. Paul Chapter of the AIA selected the Central Corridor (University Avenue) as its project and over fifty design professionals volunteered to work with property owners on over a dozen sites. The goal was to create "visioning studies" showing how their properties could better connect to the light rail project, and as well as a variety of design options on how the sites could be re-developed over a twenty year period. This "Block-by-Block" planning exercise brought about closer ties among the adjoining property owners, local government officials and the community, and planted seeds that will bear fruit in the years ahead.

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AIA 150 (American Institute of Architects)
AIA 150 (American Institute of Architects)
AIA 150 (American Institute of Architects)
AIA 150 (American Institute of Architects)
AIA 150 (American Institute of Architects)

The Metro Award
University UNITED presents "The Metro Award" annually to an organization or person(s) who promotes closer ties between Minneapolis and St. Paul for the benefit of the entire region. This year, The Metro Award is being presented to Mayor Chris Coleman of St. Paul and Mayor R.T. Rybak of Minneapolis.

Minneapolis and Saint Paul are known as the Twin Cities, but for well over a century have had a relationship that was defined more by competition than cooperation.. From the very beginning, the two cities fought over the use of the Mississippi River, transportation, census reporting, and commerce. Occasionally these disputes have ended up in the courts or the state legislature. More recently, the rivalries have been focused on things like professional sports stadiums and the biotech industry.

Fortunately, the Mayoral election of 2005 has brought about a major thaw in relations between the cities. Chris Coleman and R.T. Rybak, even before they were sworn in, had a highly publicized lunch together and publicly vowed to work together. This post election goodwill has played out in a number of concrete ways with the two Mayors collaborating on advocating for Local Government Aid and the Central Corridor light rail project, reducing cross-border economic raids, and planning for the Republican Nation Convention. Recently, they established the Mayor's Initiative on Green Manufacturing, a task force made up of representatives from both cities. The Mayors collaborative approach is grounded in a recognition that issues such as the environment and economic development can best be addressed as part of a regional solution - that the competition is no longer between cities but rather between regions. With this approach, the Mayors have earned the gratitude of residents and businesses on both sides of the city line and have hopefully laid the groundwork for ongoing cooperation between the cities.

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The Metro Award - Mayor R.T. Rybak of Minneapolis
The Metro Award - Mayor Chris Coleman of St. Paul
The Metro Award
Mayor R.T. Rybak of Minneapolis
The Metro Award
Mayor Chris Coleman of St. Paul

For information about the Award Winners, click here.


2006 Award Winners

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Project of the Year, Carleton Artists Lofts, 2285 University Avenue, St. Paul
Project of the Year, Carleton Artists Lofts, 2285 University Avenue, St. Paul
Metro Lofts, 2680 University Avenue, St. Paul
Metro Lofts, 2680 University Avenue, St. Paul
Project of the Year, Carleton Artists Lofts
2285 University Avenue, St. Paul
Metro Lofts
2680 University Avenue, St. Paul
    
TCF Bank Branch, 459 Lexington Parkway, St. Paul
TCF Bank Branch, 459 Lexington Parkway, St. Paul
U-Garden Restaurant, 2725 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis
U-Garden Restaurant, 2725 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis
TCF Bank Branch
459 Lexington Parkway, St. Paul
U-Garden Restaurant
2725 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis

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2005 Award Winners

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Project of the Year, Western Bank
Project of the Year, Western Bank
Cornelia House
Coventry Chapel at Episcopal Homes
Project of the Year, Western Bank
Cornelia House & Coventry Chapel
at Episcopal Homes
    
University Enterprises Laboratories
University Enterprises Laboratories
Chimney Mosaic at Lao Market
Chimney Mosaic at Lao Market
University Enterprises Laboratories
Chimney Mosaic at Lao Market

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2004 Award Winners
2003 Award Winners
2002 Award Winners
2004 Award Winners
2003 Award Winners
2002 Award Winners

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