Published on April 26th, 2016 |2
BCID’s park over GA. 400 wins AIA design award in ‘Unbuilt’ category
The award was presented by the American Institute of Architects, Georgia Association (AIA Georgia) at its 44th annual Design & Honor Awards event.
The 2016 AIA Georgia Design & Honor Awards was established to recognize the best in design by Georgia Architects on projects both local and abroad. This year, 98 projects were submitted and more than 5,000 votes were cast in the People’s Choice Award.
The Park over GA400 vision and design plan examines the viability of creating a 9-plus acre park over GA400 and MARTA’s Buckhead rail station between the Atlanta Financial Center and Lenox Road/Buckhead Loop.
BCID just approved phase 1 of a 3-phase proposal to further study the feasibility of the Park over Ga.400 project. It is still far from decision—in both time and almost $900,000 of study fees—from a decision to build and how to finance the park project.
BCID recently announced that they have partnered with New York-based ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers to the lead the next phase of the Park over GA400 planning.
“This park will have tremendous benefits for Buckhead and the entire Atlanta metro region,” said Jim Durrett, Buckhead CID executive director. “We are truly honored, along with Jacobs and Greenrock Partners, to have the park and its potential impact recognized with the People’s Choice Award,” he added.
“We must take the necessary measures to relieve road congestion with public transportation and increase quality of life by creating walkable areas and green space like this park,” Durrett stated.
As part of its purpose of improving livability and economic viability, BCID has endeavored to develop and implement other projects including Charlie Loudermilk Park and PATH400.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the voice of the architectural profession and a resource for its members in service to society. The 2016 AIA Design & Honor Awards recognize projects in three submission categories: Design+Innovation, Built; Design+Innovation, Unbuilt; and Student Project. To see the entire list of this year’s winners, click here.