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Northwest Missouri State University's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship received the 2010 Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture from the Kansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The CIE, which opened in July 2009, is a mixed-use business incubator and academic science building that provides assistance to existing small businesses and encourages development of new small businesses. (Photos by Darren Whitley/University Advancement)

Sept. 21, 2010

CIE earns AIA Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture

C. I. E.

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University's Center For Innovation and Entrepreneurship added another award to its mantle as the building was recognized with the 2010 Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture from the Kansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

The award was given during a ceremony Sunday in Topeka, Kan.

In 2006, the AIA awarded the CIE with the Merit Award and a Citation Award for Unbuilt Architecture. Earlier this year, the CIE earned the 2010 Innovator Award from the Southern Growth Policies Board.

"We are pleased that the CIE continues to be recognized by others for its design, construction, use, potential for promoting economic development and engaging faculty and staff in cutting-edge research," said Charles McAdams, dean of Northwest's College of Arts and Sciences.

Read an article about the CIE in the St. Joseph News-Press here.
Watch KQ2's news report about the CIE here.

The CIE, which opened in July 2009, is a mixed-use business incubator and academic science building that provides assistance to existing small businesses and encourages development of new small businesses. Its academic wing houses Northwest's new nanotechnology baccalaureate degree program, as well as genetics, cellular biology and physics courses.

Designed by Gould Evans Associates, LC of Kansas City, the 46,679-square-foot facility contains four wet-lab research areas, a shared scientific instrument room, 9,000 square feet of tenant office space, a product distribution center, a staff training room, a seminar room and CIE staff offices. The CIE provides strong entrepreneurial support and access to students, faculty and community resources.

"Honor awards are the highest level of recognition," Gould Evans Associates Principal David Reid said. "So congratulations to the University - great projects happen as the result of great clients and open relationships between the design team, user groups and owner. The project was a joy to work on."

Reid noted the facility was designed to enrich academic programs by leveraging collaborative opportunities among private sector research companies in the incubator wing. Shared spaces - that include an open lobby, instrument labs and breakout areas in each wing - encourage those collaborative encounters.

The building's unique air-handling systems are located in outdoor bays to permit easy reconfiguration of supply and exhaust to the incubator tenant spaces without disrupting adjacent tenants. The tall ceiling structure and open spans also are equipped with modular interior wall systems.

Exposing that machine-like structure lends an authenticity to the design and embodies the processes happening in the CIE's labs, Reid said.

"We think the ventilation system needs to be expressed in science buildings," Reid said. "You can see how brings that fresh air in. It seemed very appropriate to respect that in the design."

Among its other architectural features, the CIE's walls are fitted with corrugated metal and slatted wood inspired by rural agrarian architecture. The site and building envelope design also permits modules, or bays, to be added for future growth, both for the academic and incubator wings.

The incubator currently houses four companies:

The CIE has space available and is seeking additional tenants. For more information about applying for space in the CIE, contact Frank Veeman, incubator manager, at 660.562.0823 or fveeman@nwmissouri.edu.

For more information, go to: http://www.nwmissouri.edu/cie/.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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