The Freelon Group/HOK win Commission for Center for Civil and Human Rights

At Contract we love when our
Designers of the Year make us proud, as Phil Freelon, FAIA, DOY 2008, has
recently done. The Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR) in Atlanta has announced
that the design team of The Freelon Group of Research Park Triangle, N.C., and
the Atlanta office of HOK has been chosen to design the new $125,000, 100,000
sq. ft. CCHR facility scheduled to break ground next winter.

The Freelon/HOK team won the
commission through a design competition between five teams that presented their
design concepts to the public in early March, beating out such prestigious
firms as Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Antoine Predock Architects, and Polshek
Partnership Architects. The five design concepts and public feedback collected
by CCHR following the public presentation are posted on its website at Ultimately, a jury of 12 including civil rights
activist Andrea Young, community leader Mtamanika Youngblood, theater and film
director George Wolfe, Executive Director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Sara Bloomfield, architect and Yale University professor Deborah Berke, and
Atlanta Architect Craig VanDevere, made the final selection.

The Center for Civil and
Human Rights in Atlanta will commemorate the landmark contributions of
Atlantans and Georgians to the historic struggle for African-American freedom
and equality as well as present the continuing story of human rights efforts
around the world.



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