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Orion Amphitheater recognized for architecture

HUNTSVILLE —  Huntsville’s Orion Amphitheater received an honorable mention award at the EIFS Architectural Awards, the EIFS Industry Members Association announced.

This industry program honors projects predominantly clad with exterior insulation and finish systems. EIFS offer continuous insulation by design, allowing architects the design flexibility and aesthetics they require, while helping to meet the new energy codes.

“You know, the Orion Amphitheater is truly an awards-winning building,” said Huntsville Venue Managing Director Ryan Murphy. “We could have built it out of sheetrock and cement blocks like so many others, but we wanted it to be a world-class venue. We wanted it to be regal and vibrant from the outside.

“It is really cool to be recognized both nationally and regionally for those efforts.”

Open just one year in April, the Orion has won the 2022 Partnership in Tourism Award from the Alabama Tourism Department; Attraction of the Year from the Alabama Mountain Lakes Association; it was nominated for 2022 Amphitheater of the Year by the International Entertainment Buyers Association; and The Orion was one of five new concert venues nationally to be nominated for a Pollstar Award.

It was featured in Rolling Stone magazine in September for “rethinking the amphitheater experience”, and furthermore, Venue Group CEO Ben Lovett, also with the Grammy-awards winning Mumford & Sons, was selected as one of VenueNow’s Top 2022 All-Star Executive Honorees, which celebrates stand-out leaders across entertainment and sports.

The EIFS manufacturers agreed with the sentiment.

“The finishes that EIFS manufacturers offer are unmatched by any other wall cladding on the market today,” said the jury. “EIFS’ capability to mimic stone, brick, wood or practically any other building material allows architects and designers to do incredible things with exterior cladding at favorable price points.

“Coupled with continuous insulation built into the wall system, architects and designers can also use EIFS to help meet the requirements of today’s energy codes.”

The awards were presented during a ceremony last month at the EIMA annual meeting in Palm Springs, Calif.

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