>  Design Group wins top interior design awards for SCAD Museum
March 7, 2012
SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia
SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia

The SCAD Design Group has been given top honors by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Georgia chapter for the interior design of the newly expanded SCAD Museum of Art.

SCAD won the Best of the Best (b.o.b) Forum Design Award over all other entries and categories, as well as the Best of the Best Forum Award in the education category.

Each Year the IIDA Georgia Chapter hosts the b.o.b. Forum Design Awards, the highest honor that IIDA Georgia bestows in recognition of design excellence that strives to push boundaries and exceed expectations.

The 2012 IIDA Georgia Awards for SCAD recognizes the monumental design of the new SCAD Museum of Art, an 82,000-square-foot contemporary art and design museum completed in Fall 2011 on the western boundary of Savannah's Downtown Landmark Historic District. The museum site includes the former headquarters of the Central of Georgia Railroad, as well as the masonry ruins of a freight warehouse, both constructed in the mid-19th century.

SCAD Design Group's interior designers, many of whom are SCAD alumni, worked with architects and engineers to develop a design program for the Museum that preserved the historic remains of the structure through the incorporation of contrasting modern architectural elements. The interiors team was responsible for the design, fabrication, implementation, and procurement of all interior elements, including lighting, furniture, fixtures, millwork, interactive displays, interior and exterior signage and color texture. Additionally, interior designers were encouraged by museum leadership to engage in a radically hands-on approach, maintaining a continual on-site presence throughout the construction process.

A National Leader

SCAD is a national leader in conserving and adaptively reusing existing buildings and historic structures, many of which provide the university with facilities that serve as living laboratories for the study of art, architecture and design. SCAD has rehabilitated more than 100 buildings in Savannah, Atlanta, Lacoste and Hong Kong into state-of-the-art facilities.

SCAD has been recognized by UNESCO, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the American Institute of Architects and the International Downtown Association, among others, for its excellence in design and historic conservation.

The SCAD Museum of Art is a contemporary art and design museum conceived and designed expressly to enrich the educational milieu of SCAD students and professors, and to attract and delight visitors from around the world. For more information, hours and directions, and membership opportunities, call 912.525.7191.