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Closed Maroney Commons wins design award

Maroney Commons at the Rural Learning Center in Howard opened in August 2011. (Daily Republic photo)

HOWARD -- A Sioux Falls-based architectural design firm has received an award for its design of the recently closed Maroney Commons building in Howard.

Koch Hazard Architects received a 2011 Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects for its design of the Maroney Commons, which opened in August 2011 as an expansion of the Rural Learning Center. It featured a hotel, restaurant and fitness center, as well as classrooms intended to be used for community and workforce development training programs, and meeting space. The $6.5 million facility closed last month because of financial problems.

The building was featured with other award winners in the fall 2012 issue of Architecture SD, a magazine published by the AIA.

Serving as consultants on the project were Goldsmith Heck Engineers Inc., Confluence, and Associated Consulting Engineers Inc., all of Sioux Falls, and Structural Engineering Associates, of Kansas City, Mo. Henry Carlson Company, of Sioux Falls, was the contractor for the project.

The Longfellow Elementary building in Mitchell, designed by Koch Hazard Architects, was also considered for the award.