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Two Inspiring Designs: A Park and a Healing Institution (Talk by Winners of Planning Dept's 2017 Design Excellence Awards)

March 17, 2018
11:00 AM EDT - 12:00 PM EDT
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Silver Spring Library
900 Wayne Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
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The Montgomery County Planning Department
, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting a presentation by the winners of its third annual Design Excellence Awards at the Silver Spring Library on Saturday, March 17 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. The talk, titled Two Inspiring Designs: A Park and a Healing Institution, is free and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

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The most recent Design Excellence Awards, selected by an independent jury and announced in October 2017, honor both buildings and landscapes in Montgomery County that are currently in use and less than 10 years old. The top honors went to Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring and its new tower designed by the SmithGroupJJR of Washington, DC, and phase one of the day use area of Little Bennett Regional Park in Clarksburg, owned and managed by the Montgomery County Department of Parks.

Project manager Ching-Feng Chen, a landscape architect with the Montgomery County Department of Parks, will explain the design of the Little Bennett Regional Park Day Use Area. The four-acre pilot project welcomes visitors with picnic tables, retaining walls made of salvaged materials, environmental art made of recycled bamboo and a meadow restoration.

Architect Brian Martin of SmithGroupJJR will discuss the design of the Holy Cross Hospital expansion.The awards jury praised this center of healing for its architectural form, orchestrated entrance procession, organization of rooms and illuminated corner tower. They admired its “grace and beauty” and how it provides a new landmark for travelers on the Capital Beltway.





Ernest Maier





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Finecraft Building Contractors, Inc.




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