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A Celebration of Great
Planning & Design!

The Planning Commission is proud to announce the winners of our 31st Annual Planning & Design Awards presented by Tampa Electric. The event was held on October 17 at Maestro's at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. As the American Planning Association celebrates Community Planning Month Brendan McLaughlin and  Great Places in America, we are proud to honor the very best in planning and design in our own region.


Awards of Merit, Excellence, and Outstanding Contribution to our Community as selected by our judges were presented by ABC Action News Anchor, Brendan McLaughlin.  Congratulations to our winners!  

Awards of Outstanding Contribution
to our Community

Alline Ave Area Drainage Improvements Category | Investment
Alline Avenue Area Drainage Improvements

- City of Tampa
- McKim & Creed
- Wharton-Smith
- Tagliarini Architectural Group

What appears as a bungalow-style "house" with  a spacious front porch and grassy front yard is actually the home of a stormwater pump station, built specifically to blend into this Bayshore Boulevard area neighborhood.
"Not only is the flooding problem addressed with a pump in place, but it's so aesthetically pleasing. It blends with neighborhood and it's quiet, and it won't affect our property values. If anything, it will increase them. That's important right now more than ever... Thank you for investing in our neighborhood." -Andrea Augustine, President - Bayshore Beautiful Homeowners We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
The Ella at EncoreCategory | Redevelopment
The Ella at Encore


- Tampa Housing Authority

- Banc of America Community

  Development Corporation
- Hardin Construction Company


Seniors 62 and older appreciate a higher standard of living at The Ella, part of the master planned
development at Encore! It's a mixed income development of 160 units, a 7-story masonry construction, LEED Silver certification. These apartment homes offer amazing features and amenities in a unique, upscale building. The judges couldn't get enough of this public-private partnership, the eye on sustainability, but most of all the residential experience in this growing mixed-use community in the heart of downtown.

MetroRapid Category | Investment & Planning
North/ South Corridor

- Kimley-Horn and

- HDR Engineering

HART's MetroRapid is a faster way to take the bus to destinations within the North-South corridor between downtown and the University of South Florida. It is the first operating unit of seven planned routes throughout the HART service area encompassing Hillsborough County and the connections to transportation agencies in our bordering counties. The judges were all aboard MetroRapid as a turning point investment for premium transit in this area. The public involvement throughout the planning process, and the complexities surmounted to bring all the parties together, produced a great start and branding for the Hillsborough area.

Awards of Excellence

Design Styles Architecture Corporate Offce
Category | Housing
Alexander Town Homes

- Florida Home Partnership
- Hillsborough County
  Affordable Housing Services
- US Department of Housing &
  Urban Development

Unique workforce housing requiring minimal maintenance provided in proximity to jobs and schools, as well as the use of this type of funding for something other than single family homes

Category | Redevelopment
Design Style Architecture Corporate Office

- Design Style Architecture
- East Tampa Community
  Redevelopment Area
- Architectural Review &
  Historic Preservation

Thank you for turning a dilapidated structure into a cool office with an eye on preservation and reignited promise for the neighborhood

West Columbus Drive Bridge Rehabilitation
Category | Environmental
Encore District Chiller Plant & Technology Park

- Tampa Housing Authority

- Banc of America Community
  Development Corporation
- Cardno TBE
- Tampa Bay Trane

Both bold and beautiful from a sustainability and drainage perspective, and should set the stage for an 'encore' for similar future projects
Category | Historic
West Columbus Drive Bridge Rehabilitation

- Hillsborough County
  Public Works

- Abell Garcia Architect
- Parsons Brinckerhoff
- Archer Western Contractors

Innovative restoration investment in function and form to preserve history even when it may have been easier to replace the old bridge, bringing historic ambiance along the Hillsborough River

Awards of Merit

Catagory | Entertainment
Ballast Point Park
- City of Tampa Parks & Recreation
- Hardeman-Kempton & Associates
- JVA Construction
- Marine Contracting Group
- Tampa Bay Marine
An extreme park makeover, bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds to do different things in an historic, picturesque, natural environment

Category | Investment
Bright Lights, Safe Nights
- City of Tampa Transportation Division
- Tampa Electric | TECO Energy
- KCA Engineering Consultant
Comprehensive investment in neighborhood safety and livability, great public-private partnership to achieve a project certain to give us a 'brighter' future

Category | Commercial
Citrus Park Crossings
- Citrus Park Investors
- Ryan Companies US, Inc
- Ryan A+E Inc
- Commercial Site Solutions
Trails & transit access, job growth, creative investment equity & green building features

Category | Environmental
City of Temple Terrace
Adopt-A-Tree Program

- Community Development Department
- Mayor and City Council
- Code Compliance
- Leisure Services Department 
Tree canopies, citizens involvement & transferability

New Tampa Boulevard Bridge
Category | Investment
New Tampa Boulevard Bridge
- City of Tampa Parks & Recreation
- City of Tampa Transportation Division
- Kisinger Campo & Associates Corp
- Atkins Global
- Terra Tectonics Design Group, Inc
- Prince Contracting, LLC
Innovative approach and visual appeal, even from underneath, not to mention safer access to local schools and such

Category | Redevelopment
Plant City Suncoast Community
Health Center
- Suncoast Community Health Centers
- City of Plant City
Partnership taking advantage of redevelopment to provide a needed public benefit in a good location

Past Forward publication cover
Category | Participation
QR Code Tour &
Past Forward Publication

- AIA Tampa Bay
- Tampa Bay Times
Modern, educational, and active way people can participate in a tour of local history and the products of good planning and design

Category | Planning
Swann Avenue Master Plan
- Cooper Johnson Smith Architects
  and Town Planners
- David Connor & Associates
- Brian Funk of HG Management 
Turns this pond into a useful community amenity for pedestrians, transit-riders, and park visitors

Planning Commission Executive Director Ray Chiaramonte recognized a small project for making a big impact on quality of life - the Temple Terrace Golf Cart Program with an Executive Director's Award. This program allows citizens to use golf carts on all local roads, creating a truly multi-modal transportation network, giving people choices and making their citizens less dependent on the automobile.

Planning Commission Chair Derek Doughty closed the evening's presentations with a Chairman's Award going to County Administrator Mike Merill and the members of the Transportation for Economic Development Leadership Group for proactively taking on the challenges, seeking bold solutions, reaching out to citizens and businesses, and working side by side across jurisdictional lines for the betterment of Hillsborough County and our region today and into the future.

"This is the type of leadership that can get us on track. It is our pleasure at the Planning Commission to support and participate in the Policy Leadership Group's quest for a Long Range Transportation Vision supported by a Comprehensive Plan that will serve as a foundation for thriving future," said Chair Doughty. He closed the ceremonies by presenting a gavel signed by all of the Planning Commissioners to outgoing Commissioner and five-time Chair, Bruce P. Cury. (Story in the next issue of Beyond Today.) And, thank you to the sponsors of our 31st Annual Planning & Design Awards presented by Tampa Electric! See you next year!
Issue 11 | October 2013
Special Celebration of
Planning edition
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