Architectural Design Competition

Congratulations To Our McFadden Nature Center Architectural Design Recipients

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the McFadden Nature Center architectural design competition. We had a tough time selecting just one recipient for the award, as there were so many amazing submissions from all over the world. To make it easier, we have selected 1st and 2nd place recipients, alongside 3 schools who have been awarded for participation! Thank you to all our participants, please see the full list below.

1st Place Recipient

The Straughn Trout Architects team below have been awarded $5,000 in total for their winning submission!

The Winning Design

Below are a few architectural design images pulled from the winning architectural design submission. We have also placed a link to the PDF file of the full architectural design submission for you get a glimpse of what the future holds for the new McFadden Nature Center.

We are also very excited to announce that the Straughn Trout Architect Team have been contracted to take the lead in building the future McFadden Nature Center. Stay tuned for more updated on the build out of the McFadden Nature Center.

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2nd Place Recipient

It was a tough one, so we awarded Veronica Scharf at 484 STUDIO $3,000 in total as a 2nd place recipient!

Organizations Awarded

Congratulations to the 2 universities - Kano University, Nigeria and University at Buffalo, New York, who were awarded $2,500 each for their automatic entry into the competition by our participants who attend their program. And congratulations to our winning school - Florida Agricultural and Mechanical

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Please Give A Round Of Applause 

We would like thank everyone who participated in the Architectural Design Competition, we truly appreciate your hard work and dedication. Below we would like to acknowledge all the participants:

Zachary Faza
Olivier Chamel
Andrew Chin
Larisa Sherbakova
Isaac A. Mangual-Martinez
Valeria Lopez Martinez
Ashogbon Shola Austin

Ibrahim Sani Abullahi

Hanna Isabelle Gee
Sarah Tetens
Suleiman Sani Ahmad
Megan Marvin
Abdulhamid Sanusi
Muhammad Idris Bala
Junaidu Abdu Zareku
Nura Ayuba

Yusuf Adahama
Kassia Alamm
Jon Kirk
Natasha Dagher
Cesar Perez
Jake LaViola
Olivia He
Xiaofeng Jiang

Xuwen Zhang
Aditya Sankar Datta
Hua Xiu Chen
Xinghua Lin
Alfred Xuecheng Cai
Michael Hoover
Abigail Peters
Veronica Scharf

Prizes

Prizes: $5,000 to the winning architectural program AND
$5,000 to the individual participant with 1st place winning entry.
All approved participating architectural programs will receive $2,500 for entering.
No application fee. Prizes and fees will be sent by Jan 15th, 2021.

 

For McFADDEN NATURE CENTER, DONALSONVILLE, GEORGIA

Scope and Description:

The Nature Center location will be in Donalsonville, GA.  The center will be built in a pasture that has low, gently rolling hills, with a pond that will be constructed at the bottom of a hill.  This is surrounded by 1260 acres of woods and wetlands with 2 miles of river frontage on the Chattahoochee River.  The chosen submittal may be used for design and construction.  Construction of our center is anticipated to begin within 2 years of competition completion.

Education Center 10,000 sf / Lodge 10,000 sf (see attached project description or call for a copy).

Project Submittals:

Required

Perspective View 

Floor Plan

Cross section

Exterior Elevations

Deadline 

Drawings can be sketched, drafted or generated on CAD

2 minimum

Showing both Lodge and Nature Center (these may be separate buildings, or they can be combined as one).

1 minimum

4 minimum

Dec. 31st, 2020

Submit to

Include:

McFadden Nature Center
Attn.:  Angela Hagen
2180 Gates Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32312

Name and contact info of individual (and architectural program if applicable)

Include return address.

Winning entry will be retained by McFadden Nature Center, indefinitely and all other submittals will be returned to the person or school who submitted project.


Questions: 229-254-2100
McFaddenFoundation@gmail.com

 

Project Description:

The Nature Center location will be in Donalsonville, GA.  The center will be built in a pasture that has low, gently rolling hills, with a pond that will be constructed at the bottom of a hill.  This is surrounded by 1260 acres of hardwoods, planted pine, and wetlands with 2 miles of river frontage on the Chattahoochee River.

The McFadden Nature Center was named after Pat McFadden who loved the outdoors.  He wanted to preserve this land, as well build a center that would have positive influences on local and regional visitors.  The broad strokes of what we need follows below.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
 

Education Center (10,000 sf +)

  • Multipurpose/Educational rooms with tables and chairs for 32 students/ AV equipment

  • Large kitchen for cooking meals for up to 100 people.  Eating will be outside.

  • Great room with displays of American animals and Indian artifacts and educational kiosks

  • Separate room for African animal mounts from Pat McFadden’s safaris.

  • Restrooms with changing stations.

Lodge

(10,000 sf +)

  • Approx. 5-8 guestrooms, with private restrooms, for overnight visitors.

  • Large shared area with common restroom.

  • Kitchen with tables and seating for 16.

Outdoors

  • Covered meeting area for 100 people

  • Native plants only

  • Possible future addition of a community or large pool

  • Outdoor Barbeque area

  • Signage design (small and medium directional signs)

  • Entry Signage

Overall Design Elements

Striking Image from direction of pond (Pond is East of building site)
Natural materials Wood/Stone/Glass incorporated into design
Storm shelter for 100 people
Handicapped Accessible
Possibly Leed certified gold or platinum (lots of local limestone and pine wood)
                        
*Contour elevations and photographs of site are available upon request.

Questions:  229-254-2100
McFaddenFoundation@gmail.com

 

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