Clifton Forge is the only town to repeat this tremendous distinction. The Masonic Amphitheatre was named building of the year in 2012.
The American-Architects Building of the Year 2016 is the Sharon Field House in Clifton Forge, Virginia, designed and constructed by the design/buildLAB at Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design. The project received more than 15% of the thousands of votes cast by readers for their favorite Building of the Week featured on our US platform last year.
It is the second time that a design/buildLAB project has won the US Building of the Year: The Masonic Amphitheatre Project won in 2012. The two projects are part of an effort by husband-and-wife professors Marie and Keith Zawistowski, who founded the design/buildLAB to give their students experience in designing and constructing projects in areas of need. This is no surprise, given that the couple met at Auburn University’s famous rural studio while working on a charity house under architect Sambo Mockbee. The design/buildLAB’s Virginia projects focused on Clifton Forge and other small towns, the last ones coming with the two-phase Little League Baseball and Softball complex for that town: the Sharon Field House and the adjacent Sharon Fields. Today Marie and Keith, principles of their own design-build firm, onSITE, are based in France, where they are carrying on the design/buildLAB tradition they started in Virginia.
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