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The American Institute of Architects' (AIA) Chicago chapter awarded the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) a Design of Excellence Award for the renovation of the Garfield Elevated Station.
EXP led the redesign project, which included renovation of the active station, as well as restoration of the original station house built in 1892. The original building was repurposed into a community-based arts facility.
The active station renovation included facade improvements, elevator and escalator enhancements, new and extended glazed platform canopies, and visually enhanced architectural features integrating site-specific art by Chicago artist Nick Cave.
The project received honors in interior architecture — AIA's highest distinction of excellent design — and a special recognition for public art integration in the distinguished building category.
Nine nationally renowned architects acted as jurors, evaluating hundreds of entries before selecting the winning projects, AIA officials said in a press release.