Volume 17 • Issue 33 • Jan. 7 - 13, 2005

Downtown Express file photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio

A kite flyer on the Hudson River Park’s Pier 45 on opening day in June 2003. The pier design helped the park win several design awards.

Hudson River Park receives awards for excellence

Hudson River Park, the 5-mile-long riverfront park between the Battery and 59th St. being built by the state-city Hudson River Park Trust, received five awards for excellence in 2004.

The American Society of Landscape Architects 2004 Merit Award honors the Hudson River Park’s Chelsea Waterside section designed by Thomas Bailey and Associates. The award is for the quality of the section’s design, functionality and environmental responsibility and its relevance to landscape architecture, the public and the environment.

The Waterfront Center 2004 Excellence on a Waterfront Project Award recognizes projects and plans that maximize the use of waterfronts for public benefit. Hudson River Park received the award for revitalizing a once-abandoned waterfront with the creation of a waterfront esplanade and reuse of Greenwich Village’s Pier 45, which is grass-covered and extends 300 yards into the Hudson River.

The State Education Department/ University of the State of New York / New York State Archives — 2004 William H. Kelly Annual Archives Award for excellence in local government archival program development was bestowed for the park archival program, which started in 2000 and encompasses over half a million documents and photographs currently being organized for public use.

The Society for Environmental Graphic Design 2004 Merit Award for the Hudson River Park Historic Interpretive Master Plan recognizes the park’s environmental graphic design. The park environmental design team, headed by Emphasis Design, Inc., was acknowledged for its plan that combines existing historic elements in the park with artistically crafted pieces. When realized, the plan will allow visitors to feel they are experiencing the historic event firsthand.

American Council of Engineering Companies — 2004 Engineering Excellence Awards has named Segment 4, the Greenwich Village section of the park, as a national finalist. Marine engineers for the park’s Village section, Han Padron Associates, were selected for their innovative engineering work involving environmentally conscious construction in the park’s estuary.

—Albert Amateau

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