CTA’s Temporary Bryn Mawr Red Line Station Wins Architecture ‘MasterPrize’ Award; Garfield Green Line Station Wins BLT Built Design Award

December 28, 2022

International architectural awards follow previous industry recognition of CTA stations

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), in partnership with EXP, an architectural and engineering firm, and contractor Walsh-Fluor Design-Build Team, today announced the temporary Red Line station at Bryn Mawr received the international Architecture MasterPrize award in the “Transportation” category and the Garfield Green Line station, also designed by EXP and built by Walsh Construction, won the international BLT Built Design Award in the “Bridges and Public Architecture” category.

This is the latest in notable architectural awards for the Garfield Green Line and Bryn Mawr temporary Red Line stations. In September 2022, the Bryn Mawr station won the ‘People’s Choice’ award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago. The Garfield station has previously been recognized with design awards from AIA Illinois and AIA Chicago.

“I thank the distinguished Architecture MasterPrize and Built Design Award juries for these honors,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. “These awards showcase CTA’s effort to be a leader in innovative station architecture.”

“EXP’s design team is honored to celebrate these awards alongside the CTA, as they represent the collective commitment to design outstanding and noteworthy transit architecture,” said Thomas Hoepf, FAIA, EXP’s Vice Senior Vice President / Design Director.

“Though the Bryn Mawr Station is temporary, we are pleased with the functionality it has provided as well as the way it stands out in the local area,” said Dave Shier, RPM Project Executive for Walsh-Fluor.

Bryn Mawr temporary Red Line station

Exterior view of the temporary Bryn Mawr Red Line station constructed as part of the Red & Purple Modernization Phase One.The temporary station at Bryn Mawr was built to serve rail customers during construction of the agency’s $2.1 billion Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project, which includes rebuilding Bryn Mawr and three other Red Line stations into fully accessible, modern facilities. While designed as a temporary facility to serve passengers during the first half of construction, CTA and EXP developed a design that was attractive to the community and pleasing to customers given the duration of the RPM project (2019-25).

Garfield Green Line station

Interior view of the in-service Garfield Green Line station house featuring artistic architectural embellishments by artist Nick Cave.Originally built in 1892, the Garfield station was renovated in 2018 as part of the $43 million Garfield Gateway Project, which involved elevator and escalator enhancements, extensions of the platform canopies, as well as visually enhanced architectural features embellished with new work by renowned Chicago artist Nick Cave.

About the awards

The Architecture MasterPrize celebrates architectural design excellence and innovation in commercial, conceptual, educational, green, healthcare and wellness, heritage, high-rise, hospitality, industrial, infrastructure, institutional, mixed use, recreational, residential, restoration, social housing, transportation and more. A jury of esteemed architects, industry professionals and academics considered entries in 41 categories across the disciplines of architecture, interior design and landscape design

The BLT Built Design Awards recognized the expertise of all professionals involved in the realization of outstanding projects; from Architecture firms, Interior design experts to construction products, and project management. BLT Built Design Awards encompasses all forms of buildings, projects, and infrastructures that cope with today’s urbanization challenges and inspire the next generations. Winners were selected by judges composed of 40 talented and experienced professionals, media representatives, entrepreneurs and academics in the architecture and design fields.

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