BJAC’s North Carolina History Center Earns Honor Award

Architectural Firm’s Project Recognized by Maryland and Potomac Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects.

Raleigh, NC, May 05, 2012 --( Dan Fields, AIA and principal at BJAC, pa (, an architectural firm offering professional architectural and design services to healthcare, education, municipal and research clients, has announced that the North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace, located in New Bern, N.C., has received an Honor Award from the Maryland and Potomac Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

The Honor Award is the highest award presented by the ASLA for outstanding planning or design. ASLA’s Award Program is designed to encourage professional excellence by recognizing significant landscape architectural projects, bringing public attention to outstanding projects and services, and honoring individuals and firms with professional awards.

BJAC, in coordination with Quinn Evans Architects, led the design and construction of the North Carolina History Center, including the transformation and revitalization of the waterfront and extensive site design and innovative exhibits. The building’s design is modeled after the grid pattern of the New Bern town plan created in 1710, including the wharves and warehouses that once filled the downtown harbor, and the regional 19th and early 20th century commercial architecture.

“It is an honor for the North Carolina History Center project to receive another accolade,” said Jennifer Amster, BJAC principal and the History Center’s project manager. “Receiving the ASLA’s highest award is a terrific accomplishment, and a great acknowledgement of the team’s commitment to sustainability and green design.”

- Situated in the historic downtown of New Bern, N.C., the History Center is located at 529 S. Front St., sited on the Trent River.

- The 60,000 square-foot museum features the Mattocks Hall, the Cannon Gateway, the Regional History Museum, the Pepsi Family Center, the Cullman Performance Hall, the Duffy Gallery and other visitor amenities.

- The History Center is LEED® Silver certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

New Media Content:
BJAC’S Flickr Account

Podcast about the North Carolina History at Tryon Palace

About BJAC:
Architectural firm BJAC, pa offers professional architectural and design services. The firm provides design expertise to healthcare, K-20 education, research, museum and municipal clients, along with a broad range of in-depth services, including architectural design, pre-design, programming, design, master planning, interior design, construction management, contract administration and design build. Established in 1994 by CEO and Managing Principal Lou Jurkowski, FAIA, BJAC is one of the largest woman-owned architectural design firms in the Southeast, with offices in Raleigh and Charlotte. In 2010, BJAC was awarded Firm of the Year by the North Carolina Chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIANC). Most recently, the firm was awarded the 2011 Pinnacle Steady Growth and Profitability Master Award by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please call BJAC at (919) 833-8818 or visit

About Tryon Palace:
Tryon Palace’s mission is to engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement and development of statehood through the mid-20th century by collecting, interpreting and preserving objects, buildings, landscapes and events that enrich understanding of the making of our state and nation. For more information, visit

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