Tevebaugh Associates wins national award

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AAA Mid-Atlantic Headquarters SF: 156,000, 6 floors ➤ Year: 2005 ➤ “It’s one of the best looking, modern buildings down there,” admits Tevebaugh, of the AAA headquarters designed to look like it was added onto in a series of expansions and additions. In reality, the architect team started with a 150,000 square foot cube model, and simply “pulled out parts,” staggering some but never changing the amount of space. “It interacts with the riverfront,” said Tevebaugh

By Christi Milligan

Wilmington architecture and planning firm Tevebaugh Associates has received the 2014 Architect Vision Award by the Mason Contractors Associates of America (MCAA).  The annual national award is given to one firm for outstanding use of masonry in design and construction.

Both the University of Delaware Health Sciences Center and Widener University’s Founders Hall were cited as examples for their use of masonry in uniquely different and sustainable applications.

Jim Tevebaugh, company president, started the firm nearly three decades ago with a commitment to the basics: solid design, proactive leadership and responsible cost control.  That formula has resulted in projects for private clients in addition to high-profile projects in Delaware and the immediate area – many of them in the academic, corporate and healthcare arenas.

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Riverfront Parking Deck 425 cars ➤ Year: 2005 ➤ A cluster of three standing Frank Furness buildings, reported to be the only group of Furness buildings still standing, meant Tevebaugh had to design a parking deck that would fit into the existing architecture. “It’s the closest thing to plagiarizing we’ve ever done,” laughs Tevebaugh, of the project, which had to complement the Furness buildings. The surrounding wall features grills with the City of Wilmington seal cut via water jet.

The firm works on high quality, higher profile projects that boast a wide design aesthetic and a stunning architectural response to unique challenges, opportunities and inspiration. Their approach includes cutting edge technologies and sustainable features.

“One of the things we take real pride in is recognition of the challenge and hard work that goes into the projects,” Tevebaugh said.  While peer recognition like the MCAA award is rewarding, it’s the feedback from the community that he finds the most rewarding.  “When people tell you they like your building, that’s just the best.” What’s his favorite project over the last 27 years?  “I’m always most proud of the last one,” he said.

Delaware Children’s Museum SF: 83,000 ➤ Year: 2005-2010 ➤ Jim Tevebaugh said they first started looking at space for a children’s museum back in the 70’s, working on possible designs for locations at Market Street and Delaware Avenue. Opened in 2005 at the old Kahunaville site, the interior steel pinwheel piece was the part of the iconic Kahunaville volcano. The high-volume space required lots of work and the team worked on layout, building codes and overcoming a significantly uneven floor as an exhibit designer dressed up the interior.
Widener University’s Founders Hall SF: 33,000 ➤ Year: 2011➤ Providing a transition from the original 1869 Widener University Campus and its contemporary buildings to the west was this project’s challenge. The result is a classic design that wowed judges during an initial design competition. With entrances on both sides, the building becomes the center of campus, according to Tevebaugh. “We came up with something we thought would be traditional and contemporary.” The use of limestone as a traditional material paired with contemporary window openings was the answer.
Former Alico Building 600 N. King Street ➤ SF: 180,000 ➤ Year: 2015 ➤ With a high-profile address adjacent to the New Castle County Courthouse, the project has generated excitement for the Tevebaugh team – both for its location and its possibilities. Interior and exterior renovation plans call for a new two-story entry, revamped lobby, modern elevators, landscaping, lighting improvements and the addition of exterior metal panels. “There’s a certain status to it, something very special,” said Tevebaugh.
U of D College of Health Sciences STAR Campus SF: 103,000 ➤ Year: 2014 ➤ One of the goals in renovating the colossal 4 million square foot property was retaining some of its history as an assembly plant. Calling it one of the most successful collaborations he’s ever seen, Jim Tevebaugh and his team worked closely with the University of Delaware to redesign the building, electing to retain part of the automaker’s high bay assembly area for the administration building. The project was fast-tracked and the first phase completed in less than two years.

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