March 15, 2017 11:41 AM

Two projects representing the all-important and fast-growing tech sector in Lafayette — one for architecture the other for interior design — a renovated city hall in Jennings, and last, but certainly not least, a gateway sign at the intersection of Jefferson and Cypress streets that will welcome scores of people to Downtown Lafayette for decades to come: This year’s Gold INDesign winners are as diverse a group as we have ever presented since launching the awards in 2005.

Back then, the Acadiana region lacked significant recognition of the talented work of local architects, home designers, interior designers and decorators, but that changed with IND Media’s efforts to bring attention to these projects through our signature annual awards series. Each year we present some of the finest examples of commercial and residential architecture and interiors in the marketplace, work we believe stacks up as among the most creative in the South.

In previous years, the residential winners were listed in The Independent, along with profiles of those taking home the Gold awards, and commercial winners were profiled in ABiz.

This year, however, we’re doing something a little different. While ABiz will continue to honor deserving commercial projects in its pages, select projects will be further explored in upcoming issues of our new magazine, The Current, which debuts April 3.

Each issue of The Current dedicates substantial page real estate to ongoing examination of Lafayette’s built environment, taking an in-depth look at how the Lafayette cityscape is unfolding, with insight from planners and developers, architects and designers. What better venue to publish a showcase of Lafayette’s best design?

The 2017 INDesign Awards Luncheon recognizing the winners is set for Thursday, April 6, at City Club at River Ranch.

We’d like to once again thank our panel of judges, among them Beth Miller, an interior designer and professor at Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design. Miller returned for the 12th consecutive year to judge the interiors of our entries.

Eddie Cazayoux, former director of UL Lafayette’s School of Architecture& Design and a past winner of the UL College of the Arts’ SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award, led a team of local architects and professors who judged the architecture of the projects.


2017 INDESIGN AWARD WINNERS


COMMERCIAL DIVISION


Architecture

GOLD WINNER

Architects Southwest: CGI Lafayette

Contractor: J.B. Mouton Inc.


Photo by James Peck, The Pixel House

SILVER WINNERS

Abell+Crozier+Davis Architects: L.J. Alleman Middle School-New Cafeteria Addition and Renovation (above)


Abell+Crozier+Davis Architects: Holy Ghost Catholic Church and Parish Life Center


Vermilion Architects: Metairie Centre Building 5, Teal Realty & Development


BRONZE WINNERS

Barras Architects: The Wash - 1220 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy.


Interior Design

GOLD WINNER

Architects Beazley Moliere: Waitr Inc.


URBAN PLANNING DIVISION


Architecture

GOLD WINNER

Development and Design Center at the Downtown Development Authority: Downtown Gateway Sign at Jefferson and Cypress

Contractor: Garden City Construction (fabrication by Begneaud Manufacturing)


HISTORIC PRESERVATION DIVISION


Architecture

GOLD WINNER

Architects Southwest: Jennings City Hall

Designer: Jeffery W. Augustine

Contractor: E.L. Habetz Builders


Photo by Steven Piper Photography

SILVER WINNERS

Poché Prouet Associates: Perficient

EcoLafayette: Beau Bassin, Stephen Ortego

Architects Southwest: Lafayette Lumber Company