Taylors win architecture award

BY AINSWORTH MORRIS Career & Education writer

Sunday, June 15, 2014

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MARK and Susan Taylor, architects from Taylor Architects, have received the 2014 Governor General's Award for Excellence in architecture for designing the Evelyn Mitchell Infant School/Centre of Excellence.

The award was conferred on May 31 at the Jamaican Institute of Architects awards ceremony for excellence in architecture, held at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston.

The infant school is located in Top Hill, Clarendon.

According to judges Professor Alberto Perez-Gomez and Ralph Mills-Tettey, the school's design is the most meaningful, unique, and prestigious design that was entered.

The design of the $70-million institution was fully funded as the first major project of the Cari-Med Foundation.

The Evelyn Mitchell Infant School/Centre of Excellence was officially opened in 2011 by former Prime Minister Bruce Golding. It was named for Mitchell, mother of Cari-Med Foundation chairman Glen Christian, who was raised in that community.

"I'm surprised and very grateful that we were selected," Susan said.

The school has four classroom blocks, each with its own bathroom; a library; an administrative building which houses the principal's office; an auditorium named in honour of Hilda Grant, a Sunday School teacher at Privilege Baptist Church who was instrumental in bringing the need for the new facility to Cari-Med's attention; a multi-purpose area; a sick bay; a canteen; a kitchenette, and a storage room.

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