Citation of Merit
The jury awards a Citation of Merit for the restoration of the Opa – Locka Airport Hangar 102 and notes the impressive effort to preserve it as a hangar and continue the history of this typology. Opa-Locka was founded by aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss and is famous for being the airport that Amelia Earhart departed from on her quest to circumnavigate the globe that ended in her mysterious disappearance.
As a survivor from the days of the dirigible, the jury was pleased Shulman + Associates investigated and facilitated the restoration of the hangar so carefully in order to continue using it for its original function. This project demonstrates how World War II-vintage military hangars can be creatively and attractively adapted for modern aviation and highlights the extraordinary technology and spatial character of these early hangars.
AA Acquisitions LLC
Shulman + Associates (Restoration Architect)
RLC Architects (Architect of Record)