PUBLIC / CIVIC / INSTITUTIONAL BUILDING PLANNING AND DESIGN
Public architecture has been a mainstay of our firm’s practice since its inception and encompasses collegiate, assembly, institutional, religious, municipal, state and federal government projects. We have held IDIQ contracts with various federal agencies such as GSA, VA, NOAA, and USACE. Our public architecture studio has had a long relationship with the City of Kansas City, Missouri. Our expertise is particularly manifested in the following areas:
Planning and Programming
Piper-Wind has a long history of being able to facilitate such programming and planning sessions with diverse parties and the ability to achieve consensus. We are passionate about planning – being good stewards to the environment, creating landscapes and building designs that are sensitive to the communities in which they are a part of and their surrounding context. We love the process of understanding a client’s programmatic needs – structuring the dialogue in a way that provokes thoughtful input as well as the public facilitation process that helps build consensus.
Building renovations and expansions have also been a mainstay of our firm’s practice. Both historic and vintage structures form a large body of our firm’s work. We are fanatical about restoring and maintaining vintage buildings as a means of maintaining a connection to our past and heritage. We are at the same time history buffs and contemporary architects, so we enjoy the challenge of taking what is old and creating something out of it that is both new and fresh, but that builds on what’s already there.
Many of the projects that the firm has been involved with over the years have been renovations specifically geared toward compliance to ADA, ABAAS, and other model Accessible Design Codes - providing better accommodations for people with varying levels and different types of disabilities. Everyone on the PWA project team has in depth knowledge of accessible design.
Design and Detailing
We are passionate in both design and the execution of design. We think of ourselves as the “builder’s architect”, with a focus on communicating carefully the instructions necessary for contractors, subcontractors and craftsmen to do their job well.
There are two things innate in most public buildings: they get a lot of use, and they are owned by one entity for a very long time. Thus, designing buildings that are durable and will withstand the type of hard use that they are subjected to are paramount.
All civic buildings should exude a sense of permanence and quality, elevating the spirit and aspirations of those who use them. We strive for quality design, details, materials, and products in our civic, public, and institutional projects in particular due to their intensive use and their need to last a long time. Throughout history, architecture has been construed as the highest form of art. There are many aspects of architecture the touches the human spirit and if created deliberately with that in mind can be uplifting and enhancing to the experience of everyday life. Not every piece of architecture has to be monumental, but all civic buildings have the responsibility to its users to create spaces that have a positive impact on its users.