The Design-Build Institute of America has recognized two of Washington State University’s newest buildings with a national architecture award.

The Spark Building and the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center both received National Merit Awards in the educational facilities category of the Design-Build Institute’s annual construction competition. Both buildings are located on the Pullman campus.

The teams behind both projects will now go on to compete for a National Award of Excellence and the Project of the Year honor to be announced at the Design-Build Conference & Expo Awards Ceremony Nov. 7-9 in New Orleans.

Design-build is a relatively new construction process where designers and contractors work on the same team rather than separately, simplifying the building process and making it easier to streamline projects and resolve cost overruns and disputes. Nearly half of America’s construction dollars now are spent on design-build projects. Founded 25 years ago, the Design Build Institute of America consists of more than 5,000 construction professionals across the country.

DBIA’s 2018 award-winning projects were evaluated by a distinguished panel of national experts. The complete list of project winners, including photos and descriptions of each project can be found online at DBIA’s Project/Team Awards page.