2015 Excellence in Development Design Awards

In October 2015, the CBF's Brock Environmental Center along with the Pleasure House Point Master Plan were honored by the Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate, in its annual Excellence in Development Design Awards. The projects received the Best Master Planned Project Award of Excellence and the Best Sustainable Design Award of Excellence, as well as the Jurors' Choice Award.

From the judges' comments:

"The Brock Environmental Center...is intended to engage, inform, and inspire generations about the environment and enhance their sensitivity to the ecosystems of the Chesapeake Bay.

"This goal is evident from one's first encounter on the site since the central focus is the visitor experience.

"The materials and textures contribute to the tasteful interplay of forms. The building seems to 'float' above the earth...

"The master plan envisioned this complex as an environmentally intelligent community center that supports education, outreach, advocacy, and restoration. It certainly succeeds in these areas and the community should be congratulated on its collaborative efforts to make this project a reality.

"This project immediately differentiated itself with its comprehensive and integrated design. The design seamlessly weaves together site, architecture, sustainability, and function. The building siting protects and preserves the setting, which was a primary goal for the project."

The jury also noted the "experiential sequence" from parking the car to entering the building as an inspiring procession. "It is a beautiful project."

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