TRANSPORTATION CABINET BUILDING WINS PRESTIGOUS AWARD
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Building in downtown Frankfort is the winner of a 2005 American Institute of Architects Design Award. This prestigious designation was given earlier this month during the AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention in Indianapolis.
Architectural judges described the structure as “a rich tapestry of facades that brings life to the city, while reducing the mass of a very large building, a very successful integration of a parking structure into the overall design. The organizational ‘internal highway’ is an effective and appropriate organizing element that provides structured referential views back to the city. Meanwhile, the north serpentine façade offers views of the neighboring hillside which is an effective and welcoming contrasting element. It’s a very nice public project!”
Transportation Cabinet Project Manager Spencer Sullivan accepted the award on behalf of the cabinet. “Without question, this was one of the most challenging and rewarding projects I’ve ever been involved with. It was a monumental effort by a lot of people and included input from every division and department in the Transportation Cabinet.”
The facility also includes a “One Stop Shop” on the second floor to help the public with matters related to driver’s licenses, motor carrier permits and many other transportation-related services. More than 100 people conduct business transactions at the “One Stop Shop” each day. A cafeteria for employees and the general public is also located on the first floor near the office building’s main entrance.
Architects have given the building many accolades for the flexibility of its design which includes easy reconfiguration of office space. EOP Architects of Lexington and interior architects NBBJ of Columbus, Ohio designed the facility. Transportation Cabinet employees moved into the new space in January, 2004.