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April 18, 2012

Mandi’s Chapel takes second in state competition

Named top religious building as well

Live Oak — Mandi’s Chapel at Camp Weed in Live Oak was voted the top religious building in the state and came in second place overall out of 100 contenders in Florida’s Top 100 Buildings Competition.

The announcement came Wednesday afternoon.

As part of its 100th anniversary, The Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida) launched the Florida Architecture: 100 years, 100 Places competition, which identified 100 buildings across the state that represent the best in architectural achievement. Anyone had the chance to vote online for their favorite building from March 5-31.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach placed in the top spot overall. The Baughman Center at the University of Florida finished number three.

The Baughman Center and Mandi’s Chapel were designed by John Zona, AIA.  Mandi’s Chapel was designed to be a public yet sacred place.  The Baughman Center’s overhead cross-lattice system illustrates the fragility of the building’s natural surroundings.

The Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects, headquartered in Tallahassee, represents the interests of more than 3,600 members in Florida and the Caribbean. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct that assures the client, the public, and colleagues of an AIA-member architect’s dedication to the highest standards in professional practice.

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