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.
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!
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
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:
Isaac A. Mangual-Martinez
Valeria Lopez Martinez
Ashogbon Shola Austin
Ibrahim Sani Abullahi
Hanna Isabelle Gee
Suleiman Sani Ahmad
Muhammad Idris Bala
Junaidu Abdu Zareku
Aditya Sankar Datta
Hua Xiu Chen
Alfred Xuecheng Cai
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).
Drawings can be sketched, drafted or generated on CAD
Showing both Lodge and Nature Center (these may be separate buildings, or they can be combined as one).
Dec. 31st, 2020
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.
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.
(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.
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)
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
Possibly Leed certified gold or platinum (lots of local limestone and pine wood)
*Contour elevations and photographs of site are available upon request.