ATLANTA — On April 16, the American Institute of Architects, Georgia Association (AIA Georgia) held its 44th annual Design & Honor Awards event, presenting 19 projects with Excellence, Honor, Merit and People’s Choice awards. Buckhead Community Improvement District’s Park over GA400 received the People’s Choice Award for its vision and design concept, created by Jacobs and Greenrock Partners, in the Unbuilt Project category.
The 2016 AIA Georgia Design & Honor Awards was established to recognize the best in design by Georgia Architects on projects both local and abroad. This year, 98 projects were submitted and more than 5,000 votes were cast in the People’s Choice Award.
The Park over GA400 vision and design plan examines the viability of creating a nine-plus acre park over GA400 and MARTA’s Buckhead Station between the Atlanta Financial Center and Lenox Road/Buckhead Loop. A signature park will significantly enhance and expand on-going efforts to create a great urban park where open space is not available. As part of its purpose of improving livability and economic viability, BCID has endeavored to develop and implement other projects including Charlie Loudermilk Park and PATH400.
“This park will have tremendous benefits for Buckhead and the entire Atlanta metro region,” said Jim Durrett, Buckhead CID executive director. “We are truly honored, along with Jacobs and Greenrock Partners, to have the park and its potential impact recognized with the People’s Choice Award. We must take the necessary measures to relieve road congestion with public transportation and increase quality of life by creating walkable areas and green space like this park,” he added.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the voice of the architectural profession and a resource for its members in service to society. The 2016 AIA Design & Honor Awards recognize projects in three submission categories: Design+Innovation, Built; Design+Innovation, Unbuilt; and Student Project. To see the entire list of this year’s winners, click here.
BCID recently announced that they have partnered with New York-based ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers to the lead the next phase of the Park over GA400 planning.
About Buckhead CID
The objective of the Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID), working with the City of Atlanta and its community partners, is to meet the challenges resulting from Buckhead’s rapid, primarily automobile-based growth, including improving traffic mobility, enhancing the pedestrian environment, creating better access to public transit, initiating intra-district transportation alternatives, encouraging better integration of land uses and improving linkages to the region’s automobile, transit and bicycle networks.