Last Year’s Winners – A Celebration of Great Planning & Design!


Brendan McLaughlin

Brendan McLaughlin

The Planning Commission is proud to announce the winners of our 31st Annual Planning & Design Awards presented by Tampa Electric. The event was held on October 17 at Maestro’s at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. As the American Planning Association celebrates Community Planning Month and  Great Places in America, we are proud to honor the very best in planning and design in our own region.

Awards of Merit, Excellence, and Outstanding Contribution to our Community as selected by our judges were presented by ABC Action News Anchor,Brendan McLaughlin.

You will find a collection of photos of the event here!

Congratulations to our winners!

Awards of Outstanding Contribution to our Community

Category | Investment Alline Avenue Area Drainage Improvements
  • City of Tampa
  • McKim & Creed
  • Wharton-Smith
  • Tagliarini Architectural Group

neo_bungalowstyle_homeWhat appears as a bungalow-style “house” with a spacious front porch and grassy front yard is actually the home of a stormwater pump station, built specifically to blend into this Bayshore Boulevard area neighborhood. “Not only is the flooding problem addressed with a pump in place, but it’s so aesthetically pleasing. It blends with neighborhood and it’s quiet, and it won’t affect our property values. If anything, it will increase them. That’s important right now more than ever… Thank you for investing in our neighborhood.” -Andrea Augustine, President – Bayshore Beautiful Homeowners We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Category | Redevelopment - The Ella at Encore
  • Tampa Housing Authority
  • Banc of America Community Development Corporation
  •  Hardin Construction Company

ELLA_mixeduse_condomidriseSeniors 62 and older appreciate a higher standard of living at The Ella, part of the master planned development at Encore! It’s a mixed income development of 160 units, a 7-story masonry construction, LEED Silver certification. These apartment homes offer amazing features and amenities in a unique, upscale building. The judges couldn’t get enough of this public-private partnership, the eye on sustainability, but most of all the residential experience in this growing mixed-use community in the heart of downtown.

Category | Investment & Planning MetroRapid North/ South Corridor
  • HART
  • Kimley-Horn and Associates
  • HDR Engineering

MetroRapid_logo_busstopHART’s MetroRapid is a faster way to take the bus to destinations within the North-South corridor between downtown and the University of South Florida. It is the first operating unit of seven planned routes throughout the HART service area encompassing Hillsborough County and the connections to transportation agencies in our bordering counties. The judges were all aboard MetroRapid as a turning point investment for premium transit in this area. The public involvement throughout the planning process, and the complexities surmounted to bring all the parties together, produced a great start and branding for the Hillsborough area.

Awards of Excellence

Category | Housing

Alexander Town Homes
  • Florida Home Partnership
  • Hillsborough County Affordable Housing Services
  • US Department of Housing & Urban Development

townhouses_parkingUnique workforce housing requiring minimal maintenance provided in proximity to jobs and schools, as well as the use of this type of funding for something other than single family homes

Category | Redevelopment

Design Style Architecture Corporate Office
  • Design Style Architecture Preservation
  • East Tampa Community Redevelopment Area
  • Architectural Review & Historic

renovated_brickbldg_commercialThank you for turning a dilapidated structure into a cool office with an eye on preservation and reignited promise for the neighborhood

Category | Environmental

Encore District Chiller Plant & Technology Park
  • Tampa Housing Authority
  • Banc of America Community Development Corporation
  • Cardno TBE
  • Tampa Bay Trane

greenspace_solarpanel_landscapingBoth bold and beautiful from a sustainability and drainage perspective, and should set the stage for an ‘encore’ for similar future projects

Category | Historic

West Columbus Drive Bridge Rehabilitation
  • Hillsborough County Public Works
  • Abell Garcia Architect
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Archer Western Contractors

ColumbusAve_bridgeInnovative restoration investment in function and form to preserve history even when it may have been easier to replace the old bridge, bringing historic ambiance along the Hillsborough River

Awards of Merit

Category | Entertainment

Ballast Point Park
  • City of Tampa Parks & Recreation
  • Hardeman-Kempton & Associates
  • JVA Construction
  • Marine Contracting Group
  • Tampa Bay Marine
boat_dockAn extreme park makeover, bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds to do different things in an historic, picturesque, natural environment
Category | Investment

Bright Lights, Safe Nights
  • City of Tampa Transportation Division
  • Tampa Electric | TECO Energy
  • KCA Engineering Consultant
night_street_lightingComprehensive investment in neighborhood safety and livability, great public-private partnership to achieve a project certain to give us a ‘brighter’ future
Category | Commercial

Citrus Park Crossings
  • Citrus Park Investors
  • Ryan Companies US, Inc
  • Ryan A+E Inc
  • Commercial Site Solutions
building_renderingTrails & transit access, job growth, creative investment equity & green building features
Category | Environmental

City of Temple Terrace
  • Adopt-A-Tree Program
  • Community Development Department
  • Mayor and City Council
  • Code Compliance
  • Leisure Services Department
treeplanting_volunteersTree canopies, citizens involvement & transferability


Category | Investment

New Tampa Boulevard Bridge
  • City of Tampa Parks & Recreation
  • City of Tampa Transportation Division
  • Kisinger Campo & Associates Corp
  • Atkins Global
  • Terra Tectonics Design Group, Inc
  • Prince Contracting, LLC
overpass_interstateInnovative approach and visual appeal, even from underneath, not to mention safer access to local schools and such
Category | Redevelopment

Plant City Suncoast Community
  • Health Center
  • Suncoast Community Health Centers
  • City of Plant City
SuncoastCommunHealthCntr_bldgfrontPartnership taking advantage of redevelopment to provide a needed public benefit in a good location
Category | Participation

QR Code Tour & Past Forward Publication
  • AIA Tampa Bay
  • Tampa Bay Times
PastForward_TampaBay_historicModern, educational, and active way people can participate in a tour of local history and the products of good planning and design
Category | Planning

Swann Avenue Master Plan
  • Cooper Johnson Smith Architects and Town Planners
  • David Connor & Associates
  • Brian Funk of HG Management
proposed_highway_reflectionpondTurns this pond into a useful community amenity for pedestrians, transit-riders, and park visitors


Executive Director's Award

TempleTerrace_golfcart_signPlanning Commission Executive Director Ray Chiaramonte recognized a small project for making a big impact on quality of life – the Temple Terrace Golf Cart Program with an Executive Director’s Award. This program allows citizens to use golf carts on all local roads, creating a truly multi-modal transportation network, giving people choices and making their citizens less dependent on the automobile.

Chairman's Award

TransportForEconomicDevel_logoPlanning Commission Chair Derek Doughty closed the evening’s presentations with a Chairman’s Award going to County Administrator Mike Merill and the members of the Transportation for Economic Development Leadership Group for proactively taking on the challenges, seeking bold solutions, reaching out to citizens and businesses, and working side by side across jurisdictional lines for the betterment of Hillsborough County and our region today and into the future.

“This is the type of leadership that can get us on track. It is our pleasure at the Planning Commission to support and participate in the Policy Leadership Group’s quest for a Long Range Transportation Vision supported by a Comprehensive Plan that will serve as a foundation for thriving future,” said Chair Doughty. He closed the ceremonies by presenting a gavel signed by all of the Planning Commissioners to outgoing Commissioner and five-time Chair, Bruce P. Cury.

And, thank you to the sponsors of our 31st Annual Planning & Design Awards presented by Tampa Electric! See you next year!