September 15, 9673

More Winners at the AIA Dallas Gala

At last Saturday evening's CelebrateArchitecture! 2009 gala, in addition to honoring community leaders with its Lifetime Achievement Award and honorary memberships, AIA Dallas recognized several firms and individuals for their ongoing contributions to architecture and design in North Texas.

Each year, AIA Dallas honors an artist or craftsman in recognition of their extraordinary ability to render the architect’s vision.  Haley-Greer has met this challenge with the creation and installation of the iconic red glass curtain wall that tops the new Winspear Opera House in the Dallas Arts District.  For more than 30 years, Haley-Greer has led the curtain-wall glass and glazing industry.  Today, it is one of the largest specialty glass companies in the nation.  Founded in 1979 by Don Haley and Jim Greer, the company is headquartered in Dallas, with a satellite office in Houston.  While this artful company has made an indelible mark on Texas as the state’s “Top Specialty Contractor,” it also has completed projects in Washington, D.C., Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina, California, and Maryland. US Glass Magazine cites Haley-Greer as one of the industry’s “Most Influential Companies.”

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. was honored as Contractor of the Year. Beginning with the W Hotel and Residences at Victory Park and continuing with construction of the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, McCarthy has long valued its association with the architecture profession.  Founded in 1864, McCarthy is one of the oldest and largest privately held construction firms in the United States, with more than 3,000 projects completed in 45 states. This year, Engineering News Record ranked the company as the tenth largest domestic general building in the nation.  Annually, construction volume in Texas alone exceeds $300 million in revenue.  McCarthy’s range of projects include commercial buildings, higher education, healthcare, parking facilities, and heavy civil construction.

Landscape architect Rosa Finsley, ASLA, is honored as Consultant of the Year for her body of work in landscape design and preservation of old garden roses, native Texas trees and shrubs, and unusual perennials. In 1986, she opened Kings Creek Gardens in Cedar Hill, now known as the place where landscape architects shop for their own home gardens.  Locally, she is the design talent behind the conservation-focused pathways and gardens at Montgomery Farm, a new 500-acre sustainable community bordering Plano and Allen.

Founded in 1956 as the prestigious architectural firm Harrell and Hamilton, Firm of the Year Omniplan is best known in Dallas for its enduring design of Northpark Center, as well as its recent expansion. With offices in Dallas and Phoenix, Omniplan has designed buildings in 38 states and six foreign countries. In 2000, Omniplan was named Firm of the Year by the Texas Society of Architects. To date, it has earned 95 design awards and five 25-year awards for its innovative architectural design. Founded on the core value of elevating the quality of the built environment, the firm especially focuses on large-scale commercial retail and mixed-use developments, as well as higher education facilities designed to support science and technology.  Omniplan has been generously involved in site selection and funding of the new Dallas Center for Architecture, as well as shaping governance and operations for the 9,000-square-foot home of AIA Dallas and related organizations.

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