Library, playground, mixed-use development win Reshaping Rochester Design Award

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New York Construction Report staff writer

The Rundel Memorial Library North Terrace improvement project, part of the ROC the Riverway Waterfront Revitalization Program, won the Community Design Center of Rochester’s annual Reshaping Rochester Design Award for large projects.

The design team included the City Bureau of Engineering; the Rochester Public Library; LaBella Associates; Bayer Landscape Architecture; Bero Architecture; Crane Hogan Structural Systems; Cannon & Noto Enterprise; Hewitt Young Electric; Chevo Studios; Empire State Development; the NYS Dormitory Authority the Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library; and RG&E.

“I want to congratulate the design team for this well-deserved award and thank them for their commitment to excellence and creativity,” said Mayor Evans. “The Community Design Center of Rochester is an outspoken champion for community vitality through purposeful design, so this recognition clearly demonstrates that our progress on the ROC the Riverway Program is matching its original vision to transform the downtown riverfront.”

The award recognizes projects that “positively impact people, neighborhoods and the community.” The $9.8 million project was one of seven finalists in the category for projects over $5 million.

Completed in August – one of about 30 ROC the Riverway projects – construction included a river overlook, outdoor performance space and public art that interprets Rochester’s historic and evolving relationship with the Genesee River and the Erie Canal.

The honorable mention in the large project catetory went to 260 East Broad St., Bergmann Associates – recognized for transforming the historic Midtown Plaza site into a mixed-use development that features commercial anchor tenant Butler/Till, 28 luxury residential apartments, and ground floor retail space.

Medium category winner – 1007 Monroe Avenue restoration, Peter L. Morse Architecture, Meredith Pogle, & Paul Sussman

  • 1007 Monroe Avenue Restoration was recognized for its repair and rebuild of a multi-unit residential building after a fire, including the addition of a third floor, resulting in an enhanced neighborhood asset.

Small category winner – Motion Junction Inclusive Playground, Inclusion in Motion & Town of Canandaigua

  • Motion Junction Inclusive Playground was recognized for being the first universally designed and certified playground in the country; a community-built, sensory-rich environment that enables all children to develop physically, socially, and emotionally.

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