OZ Architecture Recognized by Fast Company in the magazine's 2018 Innovation by Design Awards

OZ Architecture joins innovative companies, projects, and products from Google, Microsoft, Herman Miller, Carnegie Mellon, Nike, Moshe Safdie and Studio Gang

DENVER, Oct. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- OZ Architecture has been recognized by Fast Company as a finalist in its annual Innovation by Design Awards for 2018 in the "Spaces, Places and Cities" category for its design and master plan of the new McMurdo Station in Antarctica.

Innovation by Design is the only competition to honor creative work at the intersection of design, business, and innovation.

The awards, which can be found in the October 2018 issue of Fast Company recognizes people, teams, and companies solving problems through design. Fast Company is honoring an influential and diverse group of leaders in fashion, architecture, graphic design and data visualization, social good, user experience, and more.

"McMurdo Station – a 58-year-old research center in Antarctica – is finally receiving a master plan and design facilities that will significantly improve the livability, efficiency and sustainability of this entire Antarctica-based community becoming an icon of American leadership in science, architecture and engineering," said Rick Petersen, Principal at OZ Architecture.

Never intended to be a permanent settlement, McMurdo Station has grown into a disparate outpost of more than 100 inefficient structures over 164 acres, with no central planning. Today, the approximate 1,000 summer workers and 250 year-round residents at McMurdo must battle the harsh Antarctic elements for simple tasks such as walking from one building to the next for a meal, visiting a science lab, or transporting goods from a warehouse. This not only leads to difficult and time-consuming experiences for staff, but also results in heat energy loss and increased carbon emissions. What's more, the station lacks many features critical to the workers' ongoing health and wellness. 

The new plan will consolidate over 100 buildings into 18, providing the community with unprecedented efficiencies. A new 300,000-square-foot campus will emphasize a higher quality of life for its residents, promote environmental stewardship, add progressive technology and dramatically improve logistics and energy efficiency for the important work being done at McMurdo.

Winners are featured online and in the October issue of Fast Company magazine, on newsstands now. Winners will also be recognized at Fast Company's Innovation Festival at a special celebration on October 23, 2018.

Fast Company editors and writers spend a year researching and reviewing applicants for the awards. This year, winners and honorees were selected in the following categories: Apps and Games; Experimental; Fashion and Beauty; General Excellence; Graphic Design and Data Visualization; Health; Products; Retail Environments; Social Good; Spaces, Places, and Cities; Students; Timeless Design; User Experience; Web Design; and Workplace. Fast Company is also recognizing Google as the title's first-ever Design Company of the Year.

To read more about the project visit Fast Company's coverage here.

To see the complete list of winners go to: https://www.fastcompany.com/innovation-by-design/2018

About OZ Architecture: Headquartered in the vibrant RiNo Arts District of Denver, OZ Architecture has been at the forefront of design since 1964. The OZ team includes over 165 architects, designers, strategists, and artists whose broad range of expertise and passions create a variety of project types on every continent.  The firm is recognized for designing award-winning projects that make a positive and lasting contribution to the community. For more information, visit www.ozarch.com.

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