2006 Excellence on the Waterfront Awards


September 29, 2006, Portland, Oregon:

The Waterfront Center launched the “Excellence on the Waterfront” Awards Program in 1987 to recognize high quality waterfront work of varied kinds to encourage communities, developers and design firms to strive for well-designed undertakings. Entries are taken from around the world and for both projects and plans.  In 1993, the Center established the Clearwater Award to recognize voluntary, grassroots efforts by citizens. The award was named for the project Clearwater, an educational, environmental clean-up and cultural non-profit organization focused on the Hudson River founded by folksinger and activist, Pete Seeger.

For each winner, an entrant and co-entrant are listed, usually the project/plan sponsor and lead design firm. For Clearwater citizen’s awards, the recipient and nominator are listed. The 2006 awards are listed by category.

The Battery Bosque, Battery Park City, New York, New York
Entrants: Claire Weisz, principal on behalf of the team: Saratoga Associates/weisz + yoes architecture/Piet Oudolf, New York, New York, and Warrie Price, The Battery Conservancy, New York, New York.

Royal Victoria Dock Bridge, London, United Kingdom
Entrants: Alex Lifschutz, president, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, London, United Kingdom, and Cynthia Grant, Cynthia Grant Transport Design, London, United Kingdom


Category: Artistic, Cultural and Educational
The Ocean Education Center, Dana Point, California
Entrants: Jay S. Bauer, BAUER AND WILEY, Architects, Newport Beach, California, and Dan Stetson, The Ocean Institute, Dana Point, California.

WaterFire, Providence, Rhode Island
Entrants: Barnaby Evans, WaterFire, Providence, and Lynne McCormack, Providence Department of Art, Culture and Tourism, Providence, Rhode Island.

Category: Environmental Protection and Enhancement
Stanley Park Salmon Stream, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Entrants: Jeff Philips, principal, PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and Jim Lowden, Vancouver Board of Parks + Recreation, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Category: Industrial/Working Waterfront and Artistic
Arizona Falls Low Head Hydro – Public Art, Phoenix, Arizona
Entrants: Lajos Heder, principal, Harries/Heder Collaborative, Inc, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Salt River Project, Phoenix, Arizona

Category: Commercial/Mixed-Use
National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff, Wales
Entrants: Richard Rogers Partnership, London, United Kingdom, and Richard Wilson, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff, Wales

Category: Parks and Recreation
Sabine-to-Bagby Promenade, Houston, Texas
Entrants: Kevin Shandley, president, The SWA Group, Houston, Texas, and Anne Olson, executive director, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Houston, Texas

Category: Plans
East River Waterfront Plan, New York, New York
Entrants: Amanda Burden, director, New York City Department of City Planning, New York, New York, and Gregg Pasquarelli, SHOP Architects, PC, New York, New York.

River Renaissance Planning, Portland, Oregon
Entrants: Gil Kelley, director, City of Portland Bureau of Planning, Portland, Oregon, and
Paul Morris, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Washington, D.C.

Waterfront Futures Project, Port of Bellingham, Bellingham, Washington
Entrants: City of Bellingham, Bellingham, Washington, and Marcia Wagoner, PRR, Seattle, Washington

The “Clearwater Award” recognizes the outstanding efforts of an individual(s) or by non-profit citizen’s organizations, working at the grassroots level for the betterment of their community and its waterfronts.

Voices and Visions of Village Life: Patuxent Village, Warwick and Cranston, Rhode Island – Holly Ewald and Michael Bell
Nominated by: Sarah Zurier, Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission.

Women’s Quiet Battle for Blue Sky and Clear Water - Tobata Women’s Association, Kitakyushu, Japan
Nominated by Koichi Sueyoshi, Mayor, City of Kitakyushu, Japan.

The winners of the Waterfront Center’s 20th annual “Excellence on the Waterfront” awards program were announced today by the 2006 jury chairman Thomas Meyer, partner, Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Serving on the 2006 jury with Mr. Meyer were Chris Carlson, director of planning, METRO, Portland, Oregon;  Bob Eury, executive director,  Central Houston, Inc., Houston, Texas; Marianna Koval, executive director, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, Brooklyn, New York, and  Susan Lamb, chief executive officer, Meewasin Valley Authority, Sasakatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. 

The first announcement of this year’s winners was made at the Benson Hotel in downtown Portland, Oregon before 250 attendees at the Center’s 24th annual international conference. The jury deliberated in Cape May, N.J., at the Virginia Hotel for two days in July. Ann Breen and Dick Rigby are the co-founders and co-directors of the Center, organized in 1981.

For additional information, contact:
Kathleen Ewing
The Waterfront Center, PO Box 32129, Washington, DC 20007
202 337 0356 Fax: 202-986-0448

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