The City of Fort Collins proudly announces the winners for 2013’s Urban Design Awards. These awards celebrate the great spaces and places in Fort Collins. This year’s awards stretch from the restoration of the Downtown Coca-Cola “ghost sign” to the busy intersection of College and Harmony. We also add two pioneers in preservation and restoration to our Urban Design Hall of Fame: Jim Reidhead and Dick Beardmore.
Join us Wednesday, October 2, 2013, from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Midtown Arts Center, located at 3750 South Mason Street, for an evening of celebration. The City of Fort Collins created these awards to promote awareness of urban design and its role in our quality of life. Eleven awards will be given to recognize creative vision and achievement in the following five categories. For more information, visit fcgov.com/UrbanDesignAwards
SLATERPAULL Architects’ design to restore the Avery Block (the stone lion building at the corner of Mountain and College Avenues) was a major, complex undertaking in 2012-2013. As one of the city’s most iconic buildings, the whole restoration team deserves many thanks for their efforts in perpetuating the vibrancy and historic beauty of downtown’s commercial core.
In 2010, Preview Architecture+Planning created a new destination and gathering place with its design for The Fort Collins Brewery. This design features semi-industrial materials to engage the community with an inviting entrance, patio, and garage doors that reveal the inner workings of the brewery.
When Carol Tunner (project manager) and Deborah Uhl (painting conservator) took on the restoration of Downtown’s Coca-Cola/Angell's Delicatessen “ghost sign” in 2010, they thought it was a straightforward project to restore a sign on the brick wall. Not so. Their work resulted in developing a nationally-significant, standard-setting approach to conservation of these historic paintings on brick buildings. Their groundbreaking work has already received a state and national award.
In 2010, Peterson Design transformed a plain concrete block back wall adjacent to Oak Street Plaza, with creative architecture and thematic lighting to add a special touch of excitement to the building at 151 South College Avenue. This highly-visible, rear parking and service area reinforces the ongoing commitment to make key alleys into interesting and attractive public spaces.
Susan K. Dailey designed 12 granite pavers to add a layer of interest to the new streetscape on the 300 block of Linden Street in 2013. The engraved pavers depict early Fort Collins, and work in conjunction with interpretive signs and themed benches and railings, to lend an outdoor museum dimension to this area touted as the origin of Fort Collins.
BHA Design designed a bold package of streetscape enhancements to transform the newly expanded Harmony Road/College Avenue intersection into an attractive community gateway for 2011. An array of features like artistic railings, sculptural planters, lighted pylons, and signal poles demonstrates how urban design can offset the harsh setting of a 70,000+ vehicles-per-day intersection.
BHA Design transformed the 300-400 blocks of Linden Street from a nondescript stretch of downtown to a whole new streetscape highlighted by unique features representing aspects of its historic setting. This effort, completed in 2011, extends downtown’s walk-friendly feel to connect to the Poudre River, and fosters ongoing reinvestment in this area.
Done in 2011, Ripley Design’s treatment of Veterans Plaza, an amphitheater park with a central plaza and stage, creates a meaningful place for public ceremonies and gatherings. Symbolism is imbued into all features in tribute to servicemen and women of our country. Besides formal gatherings, the plaza adds another element of interest and exploration to Spring Canyon Park.
In 2010, Preview Architecture+Planning achieved LEED Platinum designation, the highest rating for energy and environmental design for their design of the Rocky Mountain Innosphere at 320 East Vine Drive. The design uses an architectural landscape wall and solar panels to engage the public streetscape, and represents a pioneering improvement in this area between Downtown and North College Avenue.
HALL OF FAME
James D. Reidhead is a leading pioneer in restoring and maintaining Downtown as the vital heart of our community. Many thought Jim’s efforts to restore Downtown’s beautiful historic buildings in the early 1970s were foolish and Downtown was beyond saving. Not Jim. His relentless vision for vibrant Downtown led him to help form both the Downtown General Improvement District and the Downtown Development Authority, which are largely responsible for the look and feel of our Downtown today. Jim did not limit his efforts to the city’s heart; he was instrumental in conserving both public and private open lands around Fort Collins. Fort Collins owes Jim Reidhead a huge thank you for his tireless efforts in shaping our city.
Richard S. Beardmore was one of the most accomplished preservationists in Colorado. Dick passed away this year and we are extremely fortunate he made Fort Collins his life and home. The heart and soul of our city, Downtown, is a showcase for his lifetime of work. Some examples include the Linden Hotel, Northern Hotel, and all of the buildings that frame Old Town Square.
For more information on the Fort Collins Urban Design Awards, visit fcgov.com/UrbanDesignAwards