Julie Happy

The Mayor's Urban Design Awards

Julie Happy, Division Communication Manager of Business and Developer Services, No Phone Number Available

Monday, September 30, 2013 at 8 a.m.

And the winners are...

We all have our favorite urban spaces—places that sing to us, that remind of us of what’s special about Spokane. Planners will tell you that good urban design contributes to our community quality of life and helps create our community identity and sense of place.

With that in mind, the Mayor’s Urban Design Awards were started in 2007 as a way to recognize and thank the people who are making a difference in the public realm with their high-quality and thoughtful designs. The awards are bestowed every other year. We find the project that comes out on top significantly improve the quality of our City’s shared public places - including the Spokane River, our streets, and sidewalks.

This year is no different. We found some recurring themes in the project that have been selected for these honors:

  • Restoration of existing, historic buildings
  • Projects that have a positive influence that extends beyond their project boundaries
  • Projects and people that help build desirable districts and neighborhoods
  • Projects that expand our transportation choices

And the winners are:

  • Mayor’s Choice Award Winner – Highest honor for overall urban design excellence
    SIERR Building submitted and owned by McKinstry Company
  • Urban Design Merit Award Winners – Distinguished work in meeting specific criteria for good urban design
    • Spokane Falls Community College Music Building Renovation and Expansion
      Submitted by Integrus Architecture
      Owned by Community Colleges of Spokane
    • Westview Elementary School
      Submitted by ALSC Architects
      Owned by Spokane Public Schools
    • Fountain Café at Riverfront Park
      Submitted by NACJ Architecture
      Owned by Citizens of Spokane care of City of Spokane
  • Design Review Board Special Recognition
    • Heritage Project – For a design that has significantly contributed to Spokane’s quality of life.
      River Park Square Renovation, 1999 River Park Square, LLC
    • Creative Citizen – for a person or group whose work has enhanced Spokane’s urban fabric.
      Warren Heylman
    • Shrinking Lilac – for a project that was not submitted for the 2013 Mayor’s Urban Design Awards but was chosen by the Design Review Board as an example of design excellence.
      City Ramp Garage Renovation - Jack Heath & George Bourekis

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