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Victory Firehouse Wins AIA ‘Eclectic’ Award

MKSD architects’ design of the Victory Firehouse building in Bethlehem won a 2008 Merit of Eclectic Design Award at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Eastern Pennsylvania President’s Night program on December 4, 2008, at The Farmhouse Restaurant in Emmaus.

The Victory Firehouse project was a design/build construction project that included an 8,200-square-foot shell building with 7,000 square feet of renovation and a 1,200-square-foot addition. MKSD transformed an early 1900’s Bethlehem Steel Firehouse into a dynamic and vibrant entrepreneurial center for Originate Ventures, a venture capital investment firm. The Victory Firehouse project’s critical design component was to maintain the original structure’s “firehouse” feel but utilize modern materials to make the building interesting.

Juror Carl J. Handman, AIA, described the Victory Firehouse design as, “Honest expression of what is new and what is old. Our cities would be better if more projects like this were undertaken.”

The new Victory Firehouse is a training and media center with a 4,000-square-foot entrepreneurial center and 1,500 square feet of office space. The new facility provides a showcase for entrepreneurs with a gymnasium-style gathering room, a breakout board room, and state-of-the-art audio/video teleconference facilities. It also features a new elevator and stair tower.

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