April 25, 2022 - The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has recognized Whitcomb Art Center at Knox College as a 2022 COTE® Top Ten Award Recipient, the industry's best-known award program for sustainable design excellence.

The COTE® Top Ten program is in its 26th year and highlights projects that meet the AIA Committee on the Environment's rigorous criteria for social, economic, and ecological value. Each year, ten innovative projects are recognized for integrating design excellence with environmental performance.

See the top ten projects here

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The Whitcomb Art Center creates a dynamic new home for the Knox College Art and Art History programs. Located at the northeastern edge of campus, the building creates a new campus gateway and strengthens the connection to downtown Galesburg.

In collaboration with Lake Flato Architects, San Antonio, Hoerr Schaudt created a sustainable landscape design that reflects the values of the student body. Surrounding the courtyard are a series of bioswales with native planting, which naturally filters stormwater on site. To the south, a prairie landscape provides a natural setting and seasonal backdrop to the art studios. A “Painter’s Porch” provides an outdoor classroom space for instruction and student activities.

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Congrats to the entire team involved:

  • Owner – Knox College
  • Architect – Lake|Flato Architects
  • Associate Architect and Civil Engineer – Klingner & Associates
  • Contractor – P.J. Hoerr
  • MEP Engineer – Affiliated Engineers Inc
  • Structural Engineer – Lynch Harrison & Brumleve
  • Commissioning – BLDD
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