ESSEX — Mystic Seaport’s Thompson Exhibition Building, designed by Centerbrook Architects & Planners, earned an Honor Award-With Distinction at the American Institute of Architects’ QUAD 2017 Design Awards in Albany, N.Y. The annual QUAD Conference (Quality Unites Architectural Design) brings together AIA chapters from Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
The AIA QUAD Awards jury commented: “Whimsical and joyful, this project has very strong imagery: The jury admired its resilience and its work with glulam structure to connect with traditional shipbuilding imagery.” Glulam refers to laminated beams, which were used to give the building its hull-like shape, mirroring the sea. In April, the building was also recognized by the Connecticut’s Real Estate Exchange as Best Specialty Project in its CREW CT Blue Ribbon awards. The 21,000-square-foot facility was designed as a keynote building for the Mystic Seaport.
Centerbrook Architects & Planners, founded in 1975, said it has won 380 awards, including the AIA’s Architecture Firm Award, a distinction held by 37 active firms nationwide.