Eleven projects pick up Golden Hammers this year

Port City award recipients with Historic Richmond Executive Director Cyane Crump, right, and Ryan Rinn of Storefront for Community Design, left. (courtesy Historic Richmond)

A tobacco warehouse conversion in the city’s Southside, an apartments rehab in Carver, new townhomes in Manchester and a new Scott’s Addition restaurant were among 11 local preservation and revitalization projects recognized with Golden Hammer Awards at a ceremony last week.

The annual awards, presented by Historic Richmond and Storefront for Community Design, recognize projects in categories that include adaptive reuse, new construction, placemaking, residential and restoration.

“Best adaptive reuse” awards went to Port City, a $28.6 million conversion of the former American Tobacco Co. complex at 800 Jefferson Davis Highway into hundreds of apartments. Developer Tom Wilkinson worked with Walter Parks Architects, ONeil Engineering Services, contractor KBS and tax credit consultant Salder & Whitehead.

Before-and-after photos of Port City.

Virginia Supportive Housing’s $19 million expansion and renovation of its New Clay House, an apartment building at 707 N. Harrison St. in Carver, was recognized in the “Best adaptive reuse and new construction” category. The nonprofit worked with architect Johannas Design Group and engineers DMWPV, Staengl Engineering and Silvercore. KBS was the contractor and Sadler & Whitehead consulted on tax credits.

Before-and-after of New Clay House.

Also recognized in that category was Scott’s Addition restaurant Perch, developed by Charles Bice and designed by Johannas Design Group. Leipertz Construction was the contractor and Helen Reed Design handled interior design. Engineers included Speight Marshall Francis, Dunlap and Partners, and Kine Vue. The restaurant is owned by Mike Ledesma.

Before-and-after of Perch

“Best new construction” awards went to Jeremy Connell’s 7west townhomes in Manchester and Project:Homes’ Solar Row homes in Carver. Connell worked with Capstone Contracting, Mario DiMarco Architects and Gradient, while Project:Homes worked with architect David Winn, the City of Richmond and Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

Project:Homes and Winn also were recognized in the “best single-family residential renovation” category for a home rehab at 135 Liberty St.

“Best placemaking” went to the American Civil War Museum, designed by 3north with Whiting-Turner as the contractor. Engineers included Balzer & Associates, Lu + Smith Engineers and Draper Aden Associates. Also recognized in that category were Congregation Beth Ahabah’s expansion, by Kjellstrom & Lee Construction, Shinberg Levinas Architectural Design and Ehlert Bryan Consulting Structural Engineers. Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity’s home revitalizations in Randolph also were recognized.

“Best single-family residential new construction” went to owner Keenan Orfalea, architect Clinger Design and contractor Spruce Construction for 508 W. Marshall St. And David Cottrell’s Rice House restoration was named “Best restoration,” with architect 3north, Ehlert Bryan Consulting Structural Engineers, contractor Mako Builders, designer Todd Yoggy and Sadler & Whitehead.

The awards event was held Oct. 24 at Monumental Church.

Correction: Gradient was the engineer on Jeremy Connell’s 7west townhomes. Information provided for the awards listed a different firm that was originally mentioned in this story.

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