The Montgomery County Planning Department’s Design Excellence Awards: Buildings and Sites, and Public Spaces

SUBMITTAL DEADLINE: Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Montgomery County Planning Department seeks to recognize exceptional architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design that represents Montgomery County’s high quality of design to the region, state, and nation. In 2017, the Department will hold its third annual Design Excellence Award competition to honor this work.

In past years, the top award recognized an exceptional building and site representing design excellence that enhances the public realm. This year, a second top award will be given to honor a project that exemplifies design excellence of a public space.  These spaces can include parks, plazas, and/or streetscapes that are vibrant and enrich the surrounding community and can be either privately or publicly owned.

The two winning projects should express the essential qualities of outstanding walkable, sustainable places at the scale of the neighborhood, block and/or building.  They both will illustrate how great design contributes to the community in terms of character, identity, and economic value. They will be projects deserving of community pride. These awards provide the opportunity for the winning projects to be seen widely, particularly in business and professional settings where the best qualities of Montgomery County are promoted.

Entries will be accepted starting Monday, May 15, 2017. The deadline for submission is Thursday, July 27th, 2017.  The selection of the two winners, one for buildings and sites,  and one for public spaces, will be made by an outside jury with expertise in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, planning and urban design selected by the Planning Department

The two winners will be announced on Thursday, October 19 at an awards celebration at the Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910.  This event will be part of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Potomac Valley Chapter annual awards celebration.

Criteria for project eligibility:

  • Private or Public projects built within Montgomery County
  • Built within the last ten years.
  • Implemented and in use.

Montgomery County Planning Department Point of Contact:

For any questions or clarifications, please contact Margaret K. Rifkin, Margaret.Rifkin@montgomeryplanning.org 301 495 4583
 

Materials Needed for a Complete Entry Submission:

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR A COMPLETE ENTRY SUBMISSION:

Information for the form:

  • Your contact information.
  • Key facts about project
  • Names and contact information for team members and consultants

 Files to attach:

  • Project Description Text
  • PDF Slides for Jury Review
    • Neighborhood Context – Site plan and area within ¼ mile radius of project
    • For Buildings: Typical floor plan(s) including each building level where people enter/exit
    • For Public Space: Rendered site plan identifying where people enter/exit
  • PDF Slides for Awards Celebration
  • PDF Images for printed materials 5-10 High-Resolution JPEGS

Entry Fee:

Credit card or PayPal to pay $175 via Eventbrite

Contact Information:


Project Information:

PROJECT DESCRIPTION / 500 words maximum – attach PDF

  • Describe the design program, its purpose, goals, scale and details, such as context and site features.
  • Describe the site’s physical, social and ecological setting
  • Describe how the project was initiated and how the key design concepts respond to the challenges posed by the design program and context.

Please use descriptive information including supporting graphics, to assist the jury in quickly developing a strong understanding of both the general characteristics of the project and how it demonstrates design excellence, ingenuity, and livability. 

  • Point to ways in which design choices are likely to improve the quality of life for people in the project area.
  • Explain how the project provides:
    • A healthier place because of design decisions.
    • A place that makes it easier to start and sustain businesses.
    • A place that preserves choices for people at the full range of incomes and life stages.
  • Provide details on lessons learned or expertise gained over the course of this project that will help this project serve as an example for future high-quality development in Montgomery County.
  • Cite innovative ways this project overcomes common barriers to the creation of good urbanism and advances project excellence in areas such as policy, regulations, development process, design, and construction.

 

Please indicate the category or categories for which your project is being submitted for jury review. Please select one or both. There is no additional entry fee for submittal for both.
Provide the following information as it applies to the project: Meets SITES (Sustainable Sites Initiative) Rating System (Green Business Certification Inc.)
Check all those that apply to your entry:

Slides for Jury Review - Please attach one PDF with up to 10 slides - NOTE: Slides for Jury Review and Slides for Award Celebration combined total must be no more than 6 MB. Please include a site plan and a site diagram showing greater neighborhood context.


 

Slides for Award Celebration - Please attach one PDF with 3 images - NOTE: Slides for Jury Review and Slides for Award Celebration combined total must be no more than 6 MB.


 

Images for Printed Materials: Please attach 5 to 10 high resolution JPEGs


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Members/Consultant Information: Please list team members and consultants who should be credited with contributing to the project.

Project Owner/Developer


Design and Planning Team Members



Financing

Engineering Consultants



General Contractor and/or Sub Contractors




Additional Development Consultants

Conditions of Submission and Release

Checklist to Ensure Your Entry is Complete

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR A COMPLETE ENTRY SUBMISSION:

Information for the form

  • Your contact information
  • Key facts about project
  • Names and contact information for team members and consultants

 Files to attach

  • Project description text
  • PDF Slides for Jury Review 
    • Neighborhood Context –site plan and area within ¼ mile radius of
    • For Buildings: Typical floor plan(s) including each building level where people enter/exit
    • For Public Space: Rendered site plan identifying where people enter/exit
  • PDF Slides for Awards Celebration
  • PDF Images for printed materials 5-10 High-Resolution JPEGs

Entry fee
Credit card or Paypal to pay $175 via Eventbrite

 

Thank you! You have completed our award entry form. One more step to go. You will receive an e-mail with the necessary link for making your entry fee payment ($175). We look forward to seeing you at the October 19th award celebration.