Recchie Award Honors Buildings That Make Columbus Better

October, 2017

Working on projects that have a positive impact on community is at the heart of what Jezerinac Geers stands for. Recently three of our projects were finalists for the James B. Recchie Design Award bestowed by the Columbus Landmarks Foundation. The award celebrates projects that add to the distinctive character and improved quality of life in Columbus and the designers responsible for them. Congratulations to all five finalists and especially to three of our clients who invited us to be part of the design team for these impactful buildings.

2017 James B. Recchie Award Winner

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Patient Tower
Architect/Designer: FKP Architects

Award Finalist

738 Bryden Road Renovation
Architect/Designer: WSA Studio

Award Finalist

YWCA Renovation
Architect Designer: Berardi+Partners

Berardi+Partners explained in a blog post the significance of what it means to work on a project such as the YWCA renovation, and Jezerinac Geers couldn’t agree more. We’ve reposted it here with permission.

YWCA 1 of 5 Finalists for the 2017 James B. Recchie Design Award

By Sarah Clapper, Marketing and Project Coordinator, Berardi+Partners

When I think about the YWCA project, I think of the poem by Marianne Williamson titled, “Our Deepest Fear.”

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

A woman who was truly powerful beyond all measure, was Mary Griswold, who, in 1929 funded the project that allowed the YWCA to call downtown Columbus its home.

As designers and architects, we are able to understand the implications of space, however, we rarely understand what it means to not have space, let alone, a space to call home. The YWCA project provides 91 women with not only a place to call home, but they provide a community to build these women up and help them accomplish their dreams. Through innovative space planning, this project provides opportunities for women to gain hands-on experience to not only boost their confidence, but reassure them in their abilities.

Although we faced many challenges throughout the construction of this project, those challenges do not even begin to parallel with the challenges the residents of this project may face on a daily basis. However, the YWCA strives to empower these women to break down barriers they may face along their path to success.
On behalf of Berardi and the YWCA, I would like to thank everyone that contributed to this project’s success and a special thank you to the Columbus Landmark Foundation and selection committee for nominating this project and allowing us to present this evening.

May we all continue to be powerful and seek to empower the women in our communities. Thank you.