Design Cabinet presents the signatures of the Loudoun Awards | Local News

The Loudoun County design firm on Tuesday announced the winners of its 2022 Signatures of Loudoun Design program of excellence, which spotlights outstanding structures and public spaces.

This is the 19th year of the awards program run by the voluntary group of architects, planners and engineers who seek to support economic development by encouraging high quality design.

Recognized this year:

Price Makeover: 338 net zero. Peter Burnett’s carbon-neutral coworking office building on East Market Street in Leesburg has been refurbished from a former Tastee Freez restaurant.

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Public space prices: Public square of King Street station. The gathering space at The Knutson Companies’ South King Street project features a train depot-themed pavilion with plenty of outdoor seating.

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Interior Awards: Lightridge High School. The interior design of the brand new Loudoun Secondary School has been recognized for its “striking avant-garde design” and “innovative details” that create spaces to inspire students.

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Familiar price: Lucketts Fire and Rescue Station. The village’s largest replacement fire rescue station has been praised for its agricultural styling, including a silo feature.

“You couldn’t ask for a more contextual structure than this farmhouse structure with its water tower silo, and the station itself has barn vernacular. It was very appropriate for its rural setting… same time, in this envelope and agriculture and everything is a state-of-the-art facility,” said design firm chairman Alfred Gooden.

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Infrastructure prices: ReThink9 Hillsboro. The Rt. 9 project not only transformed the way traffic moves through the city, but created a new environment for pedestrian activities.

“It’s kind of familiar, and it’s definitely a big makeover, but it was a miraculous project, because when you think about what they did in that envelope, did they have incorporated all of the real infrastructure that we live in today’s life,” Gooden said, noting that the project included upgrading the city’s utility system and installing high-speed fiber access. optics throughout the city.

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Legends Awards: VCE Loudoun Master Gardener Demonstration Garden. This year, the volunteer group celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Ida Lee Park Garden.

“It has stood the test of time and is a very familiar place to most of us who have had the opportunity to be a part of it. This garden also has a great impact on the community,” said Gooden.

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Vision Award in Design: Paul Reimers, PR Construction. Reimers, who died in July aged 59, was recognized for his “indelible impact on the streetscapes of Leesburg and so many other places”. In presenting the award, Martha Semmes highlighted Reimers’ commitment to high quality design and construction, dedication to historic preservation, employee mentorship and civic service, including as a member of the Board of Architectural Review from Leesburg. She noted that Reimers lived in the Memorial Drive neighborhood he built in downtown Leesburg and for which he received a Signatures of Loudoun award in 2005.

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