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SouthWorks Wins 2023 AIA New York State Design Award

The KPF-designed adaptive reuse site in Ithaca received an Award of Citation in the Urban Planning and Design category.

Transforming the historic Morse Chain Industrial site in Ithaca’s South Hill, SouthWorks brings two million square feet of research, fabrication, and commercial space, in addition to mixed-income housing to the city. At the heart of the development is the Chainway, a neighborhood comprised of 28 adjacent industrial buildings. Constructed between 1906 and 1973, the historic character of these buildings is maintained through the selective demolition of infill buildings, creating a centralized, public streetscape interspersed with activated courtyards, multiple uses, and natural light.

This central network is overlaid with the Sky Chain, an elevated zig-zagging bridge, to provide an accessible means of traversing the site’s steep grading, giving the public access to the Chainway spine and views that otherwise would be afforded only to tenants.

AIA New York State has held its annual Design Awards since 1968, celebrating local, national, and international projects that achieve architectural excellence, designed by architects who are licensed and registered in the state. In 2021, Neighborhoods Now won an Award of Citation from AIA New York State.

Out of the 25 award recipients across 11 categories, the jury selected one project considered to be the “Best of the Best,” which will be revealed at the virtual awards ceremony on December 13.