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KCBA Architects Receives Design Award

KCBA Architects is proud to announce that the firm is the recipient of the Steel Joist Institute’s 2012 Design Award in the non-industrial category for the new St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church in Flemington, NJ. The award package includes a $2,000 scholarship to a school of KCBA’s choice. Representatives from the Steel Joist Institute and KCBA presented the scholarship to Bucks County Community College at a ceremony on January 22nd.

The St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church is a new complex which features a church, administrative office, education spaces, and gymnasium/community center. The facility features long span gable joists over the gymnasium and church sanctuary which provided a number of economies such as cost savings, lessened erection time, and added spatial flexibility over other forms of construction. KCBA’s structural engineering team, in conjunction with Canam Steel Corporation, designed the system.

KCBA was pleased to be able to provide the scholarship to Bucks County Community College to be used on behalf of multiple students enrolled as engineering transfer majors or pursuing degrees in applied engineering technology. “We are thankful to KCBA and the Steel Joist Institute for sponsoring this generous scholarship at Bucks,” said Tobi Bruhn, Executive Director of the BCCC Foundation. “With the recent grant from the National Science Foundation to develop the applied engineering technology program in collaboration with Drexel University, we expect even more engineering students to start their education at the community college. This scholarship will assist several students this fall and provide a great start to their higher education career.”

The Steel Joist Institute is a nonprofit organization that actively addresses lack of uniform standards and enhances correct practices within the steel joist industry. J. Kenneth Charles, III, Managing Director, said, “KCBA Architects did an excellent job on the St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church. As a part of the design awards program, we are pleased to be able to continue offering scholarships to engineering and technical schools for their use in assisting deserving students in the furtherance of their educational endeavors.”

Eric Gianelle, KCBA’s principal of project management, was on hand to deliver the scholarship check to BCCC. He said, “We commend KCBA’s structural engineering department for their excellent work at St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church and thank the Steel Joist Institute for this generous award. Very exciting things are happening in the sciences at BCCC and we are delighted to be able to support these efforts.”