Wellness Center Recognized for Superior Design


The Wellness Center at The College of New Rochelle continues to be recognized for its design, receiving a Silver Award from the Society of American Registered Architects during a banquet October 11.

The Wellness Center, designed by the firm Ikon.5 architects and completed in 2008, "merges the relationship between building and landscape, and in doing so reduces energy consumption and demonstrates good stewardship of the Earth," according to the Society. The jury noted the "rich use of materials and sculpting light," and said the garden "rejuvenates the body and mind."

The Celebration of Architecture and Design Award Program was held at the ONE UN Plaza Hotel, during the Society's 57th National Conference. Thirty-five architectural firms were honored for 56 design projects across the country.

"This award not only recognizes the architect, but more importantly, the clients who support and encourage excellence," said Joseph G. Tattoni, principal of Ikon.5.

The two-story, 54,000-square-foot structure includes a 1,500-seat gymnasium, competition-size pool, suspended running track, fitness and aerobics center, and classrooms. The use of recyclable and natural materials, grass roofs, day lighting, and ground-source heat pumps, among other features, earned the building LEED-Silver certification.

The Society's award is the latest in a string of honors The Wellness Center has received. In 2010, it was one of 47 honorees out of 1,000 entries to receive the American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture. It has been honored by the New York, Westchester/Mid-Hudson, and New Jersey chapters of the American Institute of Architects.

Other awards for The Wellness Center include:

  • New York Construction, Best Sports Facility Project, 2008
  • Engineering News Record, Best of the Best Sports/Recreation Project, 2008
  • American School & University Magazine, Excellence, 2008
  • New York League of Conservation Voters, Honor Award 2008
  • Concrete Industry Board, Award of Merit - Special Recognition, 2009
  • Contract Magazine, Interiors Award, 2010