"This recognition underscores our commitment to delivering projects that are not only architecturally innovative but also deeply resonant with the communities they serve," said RDG Architect and Managing Principal, John Sova, AIA. "I'm very proud of the way our teams collaborated with clients to create hubs of revitalization and wellness that reflect the vibrant and diverse places in which they reside."
The Forest County Potawatomi Community Center serves as a hub for cultural education, recreation, athletic training, wellness, and community events. RDG’s team worked closely with tribal leaders to develop a design that is both culturally significant and programmatically appropriate, weaving natural imagery into the building’s interior and exterior elements. The catalyst for building a new community center was the tribe’s need for a space where children of families impacted by drug and alcohol addiction could focus on wellness, education, rest, and connection.
The AIA Central States Jury, comprised of architects from the Oklahoma Chapter, reviewed submissions from the five-state region. The jury included Chair, Thomas Savory, FAIA, Jennifer Charzewski, AIA, and Tiara Williams, AIA.