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2020 Montgomery Award Recipients
Congratulations to our 2020 Montgomery Award winners! Seven outstanding projects have received 2020 Montgomery Awards. These awards recognize the best in planning and design in Montgomery County and acknowledge the high quality of work and commitment of communities, organizations, and professionals in contributing to these exceptional projects. Since the Montgomery Awards program was initiated in 1967, a total of 222 awards have been presented throughout Montgomery County.
Bridgeport Zero Energy Ready Homes
This state-of-the-art, energy-efficient residential infill development in Bridgeport Borough received the award for innovation, community revitalization, and successful collaboration. This project involved the construction of four twin homes in a residential neighborhood. These homes are the first single-family attached homes in the county to be constructed under the US Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home Program and are built in a classic design at a competitive price. This project is an example of how a small, well-planned development can have a huge, positive impact in a community and become a catalyst for revitalization.
Greater Philadelphia YMCA – Willow Grove Branch
Upper Moreland Township
This successful redevelopment project received the award for extension collaboration, effective solutions to stormwater and floodplain management, and community transportation improvements. This project involved the construction of a new 98,000-square-foot recreational facility on the site of the former Willow Grove Day Camp. The development of this 40-acre property, which lies in the floodplain, provided opportunities for a number of environmental improvements to the site related to stormwater management, floodplain attenuation, and landscape preservation. This project has created a contemporary community center, which invites everyone to gather and provides twenty-first century amenities for its members.
Higher Rock Transportation Improvements
This outstanding transportation project received the award for extensive collaboration, innovative and effective transportation solutions, and community economic development. This project involved the extension of Witchwood Drive to a new intersection with Bethlehem Pike - Route 309, as well as the development of several commercial properties that have brought an economic boost to the busy corridor. A result of years of successful planning and collaboration, this project has transformed a challenging site into an important community destination that can be reached safely by motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
This exceptional historic renovation received the award for adaptive reuse, sustainable design, and context-sensitive improvements. This mixed-use project involved the transformation of factory buildings, which were part of the Roberts and Mander Stove Company, into 45 contemporary apartments and the construction of a new 40-unit apartment building built to LEED Gold certification standards. Underground parking and a dog park are just a few of the amenities in this transit-oriented development, which provides additional housing options within walking distance of the regional rail line and the commercial district in the heart of town.
Lederach General Store
Lower Salford Township
This remarkable adaptive reuse project received the award for historic preservation, sensitive site planning, and investment in community character. This project involved the extensive restoration of the original stone general store built in the late 1700s. Context-sensitive additions were added, which resulted in 5,700 square feet of commercial space. The project, located at a critical 6-point intersection, involved a true labor of love to keep this cherished landmark in the community and to help retain the village identity of Lederach.
Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center
This exceptional contemporary campus expansion received the award for preservation of community heritage, context-sensitive design, and a successful long-term planning process. This community-inspired project involved the construction of a new 38,000-square-foot addition to the existing library and the relocation and reconstruction of a Pennsylvania Bank Barn. The project will allow this recognized research center to continue its vision of preserving and interpreting the rural heritage of Montgomery County and providing a destination for learning and reflection.
Station Row at Suburban Square
Lower Merion Township
This successful mixed-used development received the award for effective master planning, streetscape and pedestrian improvements, and sensitive architectural design. This project involved the construction of a 37,500-square-foot building on a former surface parking lot near the Ardmore Regional Rail station. Art Deco-inspired architecture, a pedestrian-friendly streetscape, and inviting public space were all elements of this addition. This project, with its cohesive design approach and community connections, updates, unifies, and completes an important part of the vision plan for Suburban Square.