North Carolina Construction News staff writer
The Raleigh Appearance Commission presented the 39th annual Sir Walter Raleigh Awards on Oct. 26, recognizing people and projects “that enhance the character, environment, and appearance of the city.”
More than 125 people attended the event at Raleigh Union Station and 10 award winners were announced in the following categories: commercial, community impact, educational, land planning, public spaces, rehabilitation, historic preservation, reuse, and residential, including single and multifamily homes. More than 34 nominations were received.
Registered landscape designer Michael Vampran, of McAdams Engineering in Raleigh, was selected to design this year’s certificate for the award winners. Michael is a registered landscape designer.
Deco Raleigh – Hartwell Maker’s Market/Hartwell Maker’s Market
- presented for all types of new retail, office construction, or adaptive use and may include industrial, warehouse, or corporate projects that have a positive impact on the city’s visual environment.
Community Impact – Highland UMC Victory Garden
- presented to groups or individuals who have created and implemented projects of any scale that enrich the quality of life in Raleigh through design.
Education – Wake Tech Hendrick Center for Automotive Excellence
- for education-related facilities at any level of instruction, including preschool, elementary, middle, high school, college, or continuing education.
Land Planning – North Carolina Museum of Art Park Vision Plan
- recognizes forward thinking and actionable sustainability of a long-term plan, exemplifying thoughtful attention to the natural environment that will have lasting impacts on quality of life in Raleigh.
Public Spaces – Carolina Hurricanes mural located in downtown Raleigh
- recognizes projects that enhance the appearance and livability of public areas of the city, including parks, streets, neighborhoods, and churches.
Rehabilitation and Historic Preservation – The Brown House/Vault Craft Beer
- for the preservation or rehabilitation of existing buildings, especially Raleigh’s historic resources.
Residential – East College Park/The Line at Smoky Hollow
- recognizes new residential development, conversion to residential use, or improvement made to existing residential areas. The entry may be for either multifamily developments or single-family developments of multiple buildings.