PORTSMOUTH — CJ Architects, a regional architectural design and management firm, received three Cornerstone Awards for design from the New Hampshire Homebuilders Association at its recent awards ceremony.
The annual awards recognize excellence in the building industry. CJ Architects won gold in the Light Commercial Design category for its work on the Portsmouth branch of Optima Bank & Trust and two silvers for Architectural Design-Light Commercial and outdoor living space at the 223 Vaughan St. mixed residential/commercial building in Portsmouth.
For the gold award, CJ Architects designed a new 3,500-square-foot retail location for Optima Bank. Located in the heart of Portsmouth’s Historic District, the retail space design reflects the historic charm and current vitality of the downtown neighborhood. Optima Bank provides service to commercial and personal customers for deposit products and commercial and residential lending.
The two silver awards were earned for the design of a rooftop oasis and for the light commercial design of 233 Vaughan St., a mixed-use building that reflects the transitional architecture of Portsmouth’s North End. Located on the edge of the Historic District, 233 Vaughan blends historic design with modern detail combining traditional elements with contemporary demands for quality retail and residential space. The building contains nine residential units and three commercial spaces sharing a lobby space and numerous amenities including a rooftop pool; private green roof garden space with grills and fire pits; underground parking and a dog run. Geothermal heating and advanced building envelope technology make this project environmentally friendly.
CJ Architects, licensed to work in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, is headquartered in Portsmouth. Other Portsmouth projects include the Frank Jones Warehouse, 143 Daniel St. and North End Portsmouth as well as residential design projects and most recently, the restoration of Pepperrell Cove in Kittery, Maine.