U.S. Pavilion at Riverfront Park Wins Multiple Design Awards

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Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 5:38 p.m.

SPOKANE – The U.S. Pavilion has won sixteen international, national, and local awards honoring its innovative design, illumination, and service as a community gathering space.

Among the awards are the National Recreation and Park Association’s Innovative Design award winner, Design-Build Institute of America’s Project of the Year 2020, and Illuminating Engineering Society International’s Award of Distinction for Outdoor Lighting Design 2020 – all three the highest levels of recognition offered from these organizations.

“The U.S. Pavilion is the crowning glory of Riverfront Park, and is getting the recognition it deserves,” said Mayor Nadine Woodward. 

“The U.S. Pavilion represents hope and strength for our community,” said Garrett Jones, Director of Parks & Recreation. “Intended to be a temporary structure built nearly 50 years ago for Expo ‘74, our community found a way to reimagine this iconic structure and bring it into our future while honoring the past.”


Awards Received

(As of November 2020)

National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA)

Innovation in Park Design Award 2020

Association of General Contractors (AGD)

Special Projects Award, Build Northwest Awards 2019

Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA)

Merit Award - Civic/Assembly 2020


Best of Architecture Design 2020


Project of the Year 2020

Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)

Illumination Award of Merit  - Outdoor Lighting Design 2020


Illumination Award of Merit - Lighting Control Innovation 2020

Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) International

Award of Distinction - Outdoor Lighting Design 2020


Award of Excellence - Lighting Control Innovation 2020

Construction Management Association of America (CMMA)

Project Achievement Award 2020


Project of the Year Award 2020

Engineering News-Record (ENR) Northwest

Landscape/Urban Development Project of Merit 2020


Landscape/Urban Development Best Project 2020

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Washington Council

Civic Design Honor Award 2020

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Spokane

Projects over $5M Honor Award


Projects over $5M People's Choice Award


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