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Commonwealth Architects won two Honor Awards for Design Excellence in Architecture from the American Institute of Architects Richmond Chapter for designs at Hunter-McDaniel Hall at Virginia State University and First National Apartments. Also, Bryan Clark Green, Commonwealth’s director of historic preservation, was inducted as an honorary member of the Richmond chapter.
Baskervill was selected to design the 17th Street Market overhaul in Shockoe Bottom.
The Steward School’s Bryan Innovation Lab received a $250,000 grant from the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation.
EarthCraft Virginia announced the winners of its annual Sustainable Leadership awards, which included:
• Single-Family Project of the Year and Most Energy Efficient Project of the Year: Bain-Waring Builders,“Near Net-Zero” home in Montpelier
• Multifamily New Construction of the Year: Better Housing Coalition, Beckstoffer’s Mill
• Habitat for Humanity Affiliate of the Year: Richmond Metro Habitat for Humanity
• Visionary Award: Chuk Bowles, co-founder of EarthCraft Virginia
The Valentine Richmond History Center and 1812 John Wickham House finished 46th in a public poll by Virginia Center for Architecture to identify Virginia’s favorite architecture. The poll received nearly 30,000 votes.
The Children’s Museum of Richmond will open its Fredericksburg branch on May 10. It’s located in Eagle Village at 1275 Jefferson Davis Highway.
World Pediatric Project is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a 2014 Volkswagen convertible. All proceeds will help children needing lifesaving surgeries. The winner will be announced at Rock ‘n’ Heal on May 2. To purchase, visit https://33819.thankyou4caring.org/rnhraffle.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was voted the second best public garden in the country as part of a USA Today poll. The garden is one of the most visited attractions in Richmond with nearly 350,000 visitors last year. It has 62 full-time employees.
Children’s Home Society of Virginia received a $50,000 grant from The Pauley Family Foundation and a $70,000 grant from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
VMFA launched a new mobile-friendly website. The museum said the redesigned site is the first stage of a larger effort to digitize and share its permanent collection online. It worked with Richmond-based RTS Labs and local design start-up Never-Not on the site.
CBRE Group was ranked the No. 1 commercial real estate brokerage firm by National Real Estate Investor for the 11th year in a row. The ranking is based on the aggregate value of sales and leasing transactions in 2013. CBRE was responsible for more than $223 billion in global sales and leasing transactions last year.