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For Immediate Release
January 8, 2019

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Drew Forster
dforster@coastguardmuseum.org

Firm Designing National Coast Guard Museum Wins 2019 AIA Architecture Firm Award

American Institute of Architects recognizes Payette with national award

New London, CT The National Coast Guard Museum Association congratulates Payette on being chosen for the American Institute of Architects’ Architecture Firm Award, the pre-eminent honor bestowed to a firm by the AIA each year. The Boston company “is known in the industry for its technical expertise and research, as well as its predilection for pragmatic, high-performance architecture that prioritizes design” according to the award announcement.

“This is a well-deserved recognition of Payette and their entire team,” said Captain Wes Pulver (USCG, Ret.), Museum Association President. “Payette is an amazing partner whom we hired based on their sterling reputation and innovative designs. We congratulate Kevin Sullivan, Charles Klee and the whole team at Payette on this recognition of their achievement.”

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One of Payette’s most important contributions to the industry is in “taking some of the most energy intensive and technologically challenging building types we have to new levels of design and integrated performance” according to a nomination letter from Stephen Kieran, FAIA, partner of Philadelphia firm KieranTimberlake. Payette’s leadership in these areas has been evident as the design team aims to create a LEED-Certified building with numerous innovative approaches. 

The Museum Association continues to raise funds to establish a digital-age Museum and a waterfront centerpiece in New London, CT adjacent to Amtrak and the ferries along with the future home port of the USCGC EAGLE. Payette is designing the Museum for Pre-K through Adult audiences with a STEM Discovery Center, multiple exhibit floors, digital simulators and a special event theater.

“We are humbled and honored to receive this award; it reflects the work of generations of architects and leaders. In our practice we have prioritized the fusion of design and performance, believing that beautiful buildings perform beautifully,” said Payette Principal Charles Klee. “That perspective is what we bring to our work on the National Coast Guard Museum. This is a building designed to honor the service of the men and women of the Coast Guard.  It is, at the same time, a forward-looking design that embraces sustainability and the challenges of resiliency that will shape architecture in the 21st Century.”

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“The National Coast Guard Museum is a building designed to honor the service of the men and women of the Coast Guard.  It is, at the same time, a forward-looking design that embraces sustainability and the challenges of resiliency that will shape architecture in the 21st Century.”
— Charles Klee, Principal, Payette

The National Coast Guard Museum will honor and reveal the significance, history, culture, heroism and values of the United States Coast Guard while motivating a new generation of leaders to serve our Nation. The Museum will be a hub of experiential learning that will focus on the remarkable history of the Coast Guard woven into five engaging themed storylines: Defenders of the Nation, Enforcers on the Seas, Lifesavers Around the Globe, Protectors of the Environment, and Champions of Commerce.

About the National Coast Guard Museum Association
The National Coast Guard Museum Association, is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charitable organization with a mission to establish the future National Coast Guard Museum, which will educate, engage and inspire visitors by honoring the courage and skill of the men and women of the United States Coast Guard through a variety of artifacts, exhibits, interactive experiences, and educational programs designed to their accomplishments in the past, present and future.

About Payette
Payette is a leading architectural design firm in Boston, MA. They are a design collective driven to create boldly original buildings for science and healthcare that are as profoundly humane in their accommodation of needs as they are pioneering in their pursuit of environmental performance. For more than three quarters of a century, Payette has practiced innovation in these highly technical buildings. This thorough understanding of how hospitals and laboratories work has helped clients transcend function to transform places and improve people’s lives. For more information, please visit www.payette.com.

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