2WR's Columbus Aquatic Center was featured in the March 2015 issue of Metal Architecture Magazine. Read the full article here:
Hospitality Market Client Takes 2WR + Partners to Honolulu to Renovate the Courtyard Waikiki Beach
Since 2012, 2WR + Partners has designed over 25 Hospitality renovation projects across the U.S., including properties in California, Indiana, Texas, and Colorado, for major brands including Hyatt House, Marriott TownePlace Suites, Residence Inn, Holiday Inn, and Fairfield Inn, as well as boutique properties.
Recently, 2WR + Partners landed its first "offshore" project and is currently in design development on the renovation of the Marriott Courtyard Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, HI. The property contains 403 guest rooms in three towers. Amenities include two swimming pools, a bar, conference facilities, restaurant, and spa. 2WR's assessment included evaluation of all ADA deficiencies followed by a prioritized list of corrective measures. Once approved, 2WR + Partners began developing the project to the Construction Document stage.
"2WR's expansion into the Hospitality market has not only increased our offerings as a firm, but has benefitted our clients in other markets such as Multi-Family and Retail. The knowledge base gained by our experience working efficiently in multiple locations across the country as well as learning the latest issues and trends in Hospitality Interiors has been invaluable. Getting to work in Sunny California and Hawaii is not so bad, either! " - Sam Andras, Founding Principal, 2WR + Partners.
2WR + Partners' project, the Harris County Community Center, was featured in the December 2014 national publication, Metal Architecture. The magazine features the AIA-Georgia Award-winning project in its "Top Honors" full-back-page article, "Hidden Treasure: Curtainwall Connects Community Center to Nature."
Read the online version here:
Congratulations to Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson County for successfully raising the money to build a new club in Commerce, Georgia! Building upon the success of the recently completed Jefferson club, the Boys & Girls Club of Jackson County once again hired 2WR+Partners to design their new club facility. The new 7,000 square feet facility will have a teen activity center, learning center equipped with computers, art room, and a game room.
Click here to see photos of the Jefferson Club, completed in 2014.
The 2014 AIA Georgia Design Awards were presented on Thursday, August 21 at Emory Conference Center Hotel in Atlanta. AIA Georgia board member Lee Martin was present to receive the Citation award for the Harris County Community Center.
"Harris County approached us to design a multi-function community center. With a large program but a tight budget it became critical to maximize every design move we made.Through a very careful and creative design process, we were able to incorporate their entire program and create a truly successful multi-function community building."
- Lee Martin, AIA, LEED AP, project architect for the Harris County Community Center and Principal at 2WR + Partners.
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Follow this link to view all of the project winners of the 2014 AIA Georgia Annual Design Awards:
By Sam Andras, Senior Principal, 2WR + Partners:
A full service architecture and interiors firm with offices in Georgia and Colorado
Over the years we’ve worked with many different Boards of Education. While each is unique, they all have one thing in common: they are there to support the education of children. While the emphasis may be presented in different ways, there are several themes that hold true across the country, as illustrated in each district’s Mission , Goals, Values and/or Belief statements. Common themes include the desire to provide:
- A safe and secure environment,
- An environment where students can learn and achieve academically beyond all expectations,
- An environment conducive for students to view learning as a lifelong pursuit,
- The opportunity to inspire every student to think, to learn, to achieve, and to care,
- The environment necessary to prepare students to compete in the global economy, and
- The opportunity for students to become productive citizens in a diverse and changing world.
As illustrated above, these common themes include many requirements of the environment: safety, conducivity to learning, inspiration, and preparing students to achieve in the world. While some districts recognize the correlation between facilities and success, many still fail to do so. If these truly represent the Mission, Goals, and Values of the districts, then discussions over school design must become a priority.
2WR of Colorado opened in 2012 with one full time partner, Geoff McKinney, and firm principal Sam Andras overseeing the operations. We've now grown to 4 full-time employees with the addition of Katie London, Interior Designer, and Patrick Simpson, Project Coordinator. In July 2014 we moved to our own space in South Metro Denver.
The Colorado studio leads 2WR's Hospitality projects as well as focusing on Educational, Civic, and Commercial design. With offices in Georgia and Colorado, 2WR + Partners is now well positioned to serve clients across the country! We are currently managing projects in California, Washington, Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Indiana, in addition to our bases in the Southeast and Colorado.
Please note 2WR of Colorado's new address and phone numbers:
7430 E. Caley Ave. Suite 280E, Centennial, CO 80111
Columbus CEO recently interviewed Sam Andras about the history of 2WR + Partners, their growth into Colorado, and their views on sustainability. Read the article here:
"Come Together - Celebrating a New Place to Gather" is the headline in Harris County Chamber of Commerce's recent publication featuring the new Harris County Community Center designed by 2WR + Partners. The design for this community center included the development of a master plan for the entire 24-acre site that will serve as a public resource hub for the area. The master plan includes a future new central library, tennis courts, athletic fields, learning gardens, and walking trails. A key concern shared by the owner and the architect was that the building facilitate a communal experience.
John Magazu, Director of Harris County Recreation Department, says, "The new facility has been a great asset for the county. People constantly rave about the building. Since opening, we have had a steady stream of new members - in 18 months we have gone from 0 to 5,000 members!"
The 42,000 square-foot community center provides a competition pool and children’s water play elements. Two indoor basketball/volleyball courts serve a dual role as a large public event space. Classrooms and meeting rooms also provide a much-needed formal assembly space for community events. The design takes into consideration Harris County's unique natural beauty and agrarian culture.
Columbus and Muscogee County residents are also enjoying their new indoor aquatic center located in the heart of Midtown on Macon Road. 2WR designed the 57,000-square foot Natatorium to be the first LEED Certified stand-alone aquatic center in Georgia. It includes a 50-meter Olympic competition pool with an integrated diving section and a 25-yard therapy pool, with locker facilities for 300 and stepped seating and concession area for 900 spectators.
2WR also designed the outdoor spaces between the Natatorium and new City Services Center, deemed the ‘community quilt’ in effort to reflect Columbus’ diverse community coming together to gather in a common place.
When not hosting competitive swim meets starring their home team the Columbus Hurricanes, or water aerobics classes, the facility is full of energy from families enjoying the warm water and celebrating birthdays in the adjacent event space.
In reference to the Aquatic Center as well as Rails to Trails and other municipal projects, Columbus Mayor Teresa Pike Tomlinson had this to say: "We rely on 2WR to provide us with world-class design and functionality for real world costs. Through our partnership, we have been able to build public facilities that reflect the our city's progress and sophistication level."