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SWBR’s Judson receives lifetime achievement award

Award winners, from left, are Wayne LeChase, Bill Dessler (RIT President), David Pastore, Patricia Hynes, John Nowicki, Richard Ash, Curt Peterson, Victor Salerno, Jerry Leva Sr., Erich Postler Sr., Ron Harmon, Jay Judson and Robert Spitulnik. Courtesy SWBR

Award winners, from left, are Wayne LeChase, Bill Dessler (RIT President), David Pastore, Patricia Hynes, John Nowicki, Richard Ash, Curt Peterson, Victor Salerno, Jerry Leva Sr., Erich Postler Sr., Ron Harmon, Jay Judson and Robert Spitulnik. Courtesy SWBR

Junius R. “Jay” Judson, principal and architect at SWBR Architects, was honored Nov. 16 with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Builder’s Exchange of Rochester at its 125th anniversary celebration.

Along with several other leaders from the local construction industry, Judson was honored for his outstanding contribution to the Rochester community and decades of involvement in improving and shaping the local construction industry. He has worked for SWBR Architects for 27 years.

“Judson has helped shape the construction industry in the Greater Rochester region,” said David Beinetti, president of Rochester-based SWBR Architects, which also has offices in Syracuse. “He has excelled at our firm by offering many opportunities to design a wide variety of technically complex project types. He is admired and trusted by his colleagues and has truly been a gift to our team and community.”

Judson specializes in work for college and university clients, including projects with Rochester Institute of Technology, Roberts Wesleyan College and Monroe Community College. Most recently, Judson was the managing principal of the design team of the nationally recognized Golisano Institute for Sustainability at RIT.

Judson served as president of SWBR in the 1990s and was chairman of the town of Brighton Architectural Review Board. He has served in leadership positions on several not-for-profit boards, including the Monroe Community College Foundation, the Rochester School for the Deaf, the Rochester Institute of Technology Nathaniel Rochester Society and the White Haven Memorial Park. In recent years he received the Perkins Founder’s Award from the Rochester School for the Deaf and the Whitaker Service Medallion from RIT.