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2019 AIA Florida Design Awards

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Fairwinds Credit Union East Orlando Campus

Merit Award of Excellence | Renovations and Additions

Fairwinds Credit Union East Orlando Campus

Merit Award of Excellence | Renovations and Additions

Designed by LITTLE DIVERSIFIED ARCHITECTURAL CONSULTING.

This credit union consistently ranks as one of Central Florida’s best employers and locally focused bank, but the existing facility conditions had not kept pace with the success of the brand. Despite its premier location as a gateway to the University of Central Florida campus, the two existing buildings were approaching obsolescence and were becoming both maintenance and fiscal liabilities. The design team was tasked to reposition and modernize the company’s East Orlando campus. The charge to the architects was clear: unify the two buildings into a holistic campus worthy of the brand. To accomplish this the design team began by connecting the two buildings with a continuous, light-filled glass atrium, providing a single point of entry for all employees and visitors. A simple, folded plane simultaneously shades the building from the intense Florida sun, unites the two existing masses, and creates a unique entry procession through a series of lush garden spaces. The delicate brise-soleil filters Western light and enables the expanse of a taut glazed skin. Perforated metal vertical shading fins suspended off of the long East and West-facing facades help to reduce glare and solar heat gain. The modern exo-skeleton slips over the retained slabs and structure of the original building to completely transform the project.

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