Award: William D. Smith Memorial Award
Project name: Hancock United Church of Christ
Project location: Lexington, Massachusetts
Firm name: Mills Whitaker Architects
Jury comments: Well thought out from top to bottom, this is a comprehensive, complex renovation. Placing the elevator and stair in a prime location in the middle of an existing building is commendable, providing visibility and access. The new entrance is a major improvement, with well-lit and welcoming new stairs. A great new community space is created, with good access to the stage. The seating in the balcony and main area allows for wheelchair access, which is basic and should be expected in any design. Many details are introduced to address small issues with accessibility throughout, such as reducing the size of pews.
Client: Hancock United Church of Christ
Consultants: Quality Contracting, Structures North Consulting Engineers, Forte Engineering, Colburn & Guyette, Deadalus Projects, Born Illustrations