In 1977 – when the first Monumental Awards event was held – Indianapolis looked quite different. We didn’t have the Salesforce or OneAmerica towers, and the Monon was still a rail, not yet a trail. Heck, it would be another seven years before the Colts moved in.
But over the last four decades, the cityscape has changed. And so has the dedication to excellent design.
The Monumental Awards – which Indy Chamber hosts – celebrate the city’s built environment. The program honors the most innovative and inspiring projects in architecture, construction, engineering, innovative reuse, interior design, landscape architecture, neighborhood revitalization, public art, and real estate development. And at the 40th Monumental Awards celebration last week, the Julia M. Carson Transit Center received not one, not two, but three awards.
The design team – which included Axis Architecture + Interiors, AECOM, Guidon Design, Loftus Engineering, and Rundell Ernstberger Associates – took home the Honor Award for Architecture, the Honor Award for Landscape Architecture, and the Achievement Award for Engineering.
“[We are] proud to have collaborated with such a talented team in the design of the Julia M. Carson Transit Center,” IndyGo President and CEO Mike Terry said in a statement released by IndyGo. “We are excited and honored to see their work recognized at a regional scale.”
Since opening in June 2016, the transit center has served nine million riders. It has become an icon for modern design in Indianapolis, and with an average of 734 buses passing through each day, it supports the city’s growing mass transit system. Axis is extremely honored to have worked with some of the city’s most talented architects, engineers, landscape architects, and design professionals on the project, and is excited to see Indianapolis continue to celebrate innovative design.