Editors’ note: The Durham News will highlight the winners of this year’s awards as space allows in the coming weeks.
Nine projects were honored this spring for excellence in design and preservation of their properties during the 2016 Durham Golden Leaf Awards for Community Appearance.
The awards program, sponsored by the Durham City-County Appearance Commission, Keep Durham Beautiful Inc. and the Durham City-County Environmental Affairs Board, honors excellence in design, preservation, and stewardship of the natural and built environment.
This year, 24 entries in the following seven categories were received. The winners honored during an event held in April at the Durham County Government Administrative Complex Commissioners Chambers.
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▪ Keep Durham Beautiful Award
Hub Farm – Touching Water Floating Lab
▪ Environmental Affairs Board Sustainable Design Award
Lucas Middle School
▪ Neighborhood Garden & Landscape Award
▪ Hearth & Home Award
▪ Adaptive Reuse, Old Building – New Design Awards
Ponysaurus and Durham City Hall Exterior Renovation
▪ Small Development Award
Duke University Faculty Club
▪ Large Development Award
Crescent Ninth Street
▪ People’s Choice Awards
Montessori Farm School and Durham City Hall Exterior Renovation
Judging of the awards, except for the People’s Choice Award, was done by an independent panel of local professionals representing architecture, landscape architecture, development, and the arts community.
Selection criteria included excellence in design of a new development and/or improvement of an existing structure; raising community awareness of the value of good design and stewardship; improving the character, environment, or livability of an area; and a commitment to ongoing property maintenance in landscaping.
The People’s Choice Awards were selected by public vote from the nominees under consideration for any of the award categories for 2016. Over 4,500 votes were cast.
The Floating Lab at Hub Farm is a unique Durham project produced through great collaborative efforts by students and professors and for professors and students. The Hub Farm of Durham Public Schools is a 30-acre farm, woodland, and aquatic habitat where students, teachers, and the community grow, harvest, cook and eat healthful food; hike, bike, and explore nature; and engage in experiential learning about agriculture, food systems, and natural science. It is located off Milton Road behind Eno Valley Elementary School and managed by Landscape Architect Katherine Gill. The professional relationship between Gill and BuildSense Architecture + Construction led to a collaboration of NC State University’s School of Architecture Summer Design/Build Studio, led annually by BuildSense, and the Hub Farm. Together, and in close coordination with Rick Sheldahl and other representatives of Durham Public Schools, they developed a plan for a classroom on the water; a place of excitement, wonder, and learning in the heart of the Hub Farm.
Team Members: NC State University School of Architecture Design-Build Studio; Students: Hannah Atkinson, James Baxter, Brian Cheek, Rachel Gonsa lves, Michael Greene, Gabriell Jenkins, Katie Johnson, Stephen Killian, Mason Lehman, Lawrence Lippard, Madison McNabb, Ruby Reeves, Morgan Van Horn, Adam Ward; Teaching Assistant: Aaron Trudo; Project Lead: BuildSense | Architecture + Construction; Hub Farm Master Planner and Project Manager: Katherine Gill (Tributary Land Design + Build) Director of DPS Career and Technical Services: Rick Sheldahl; Structural Engineer: Richard Kaydos-Daniels