Grow Smart Awards Winners Announced!

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2014 Grow Smart Awards categories and recipients:

Community Excellence: 30th Street Cultural Arts Plan. An artist-led neighborhood plan for the city of Boise to help the West End build a strong cultural identity.

Green Building: CSHQA Boise Office. The architectural/engineering firm renovated an old warehouse into their LEED-Platinum-pending high-performance office space.

Commercial: 8th & Main Building. Downtown Boise’s most important and long-vacant corner is now home to Idaho’s tallest building, a mixed-use project with two levels of retail, internal parking, and offices.

Small Community: Heartwood Center. A 100+-year-old former church in Sandpoint is preserved and gets new life as a civic center and community focal point.

Planning and Public Policy: McCall Downtown Master Plan Update. Resort community in southwest Idaho has a new plan for growing its downtown in a vibrant and pedestrian-friendly pattern.

Transportation: Moscow Intermodal Transit Center. North Idaho town builds transportation hub that makes connections among the downtown and the university, and accommodates pedestrians, bicycles, cars, vans and busses.

Mixed-Use: Owyhee Place and Owyhee Flats. Boise’s oldest hotel, from 1910, is renovated into a lively center comprising restaurants and other retail, conference spaces, offices and 36 rental apartments, while maintaining the historical design.

Charles Hummel Award: Jane Lloyd. This award recognizes personal integrity and commitment to smart growth principles. Jane Lloyd is a passionate civic advocate, leader, cultural and economic development ambassador and Idaho Smart Growth cofounding board member and tireless champion.

Smart growth is a range of characteristics related to a community’s decisions about land use, transportation, housing, patterns of growth and development and the preservation of its cultural identity and natural beauty. Smart growth actions equally strengthen a community’s economy, environment and its citizens. Each year Idaho Smart Growth celebrates excellent examples of smart growth projects from around the state. Submissions are reviewed by a jury of experts and awards are given in a variety of categories—not always each year.

 Sponsors of the 2014 Grow Smart Awards include host Saint Alphonsus Health System; Award Sponsors Idaho Power, Givens Pursley, HDR, CTA, the Owyhee; Event Sponsors McKibben + Cooper, CSHQA, McClendon Engineering, Spink Butler; Table Sponsors Andersen Construction and Harris Ranch.

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