HW Connected to Three Smart Growth Awards


HW is connected to three of the 2012 Smart Growth Awards granted by Grow Smart RI. As the lead consultant or as part of larger teams of experts, HW played an important role in each of the award-winning efforts. These awards will be presented at the Power Of Place Summit on May 11, 2012.

In the category of Smart Growth Project, Moran Shipping was selected for their visionary redevelopment project at 106 Francis Street in Downtown Providence. When looking to create a new headquarters in RI, this forward thinking corporation chose adaptive reuse over new development, and restored the historic Rhode Island Medical Society library to what will soon be a LEED certified office facility. As a subcontractor to Durkee, Brown, Viveiros & Werenfels architects, HW provided civil engineering and landscape architecture services. Part of our services included the design and installation of an ornamental bioretention facility to treat stormwater runoff and provide a beautiful urban landscape.

Second, in the Public Policy and Planning category, the Town of North Kingstown and the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) were recognized for their ambitious partnership in regulatory reform and infrastructure improvement. From QDC, the Town of North Kingstown will gain access to a centralized sewer system, unlocking the development potential for the Post Road Corridor growth center. From North Kingstown, QDC was able to restructure the regulatory agreement between the two parties in a way that will greatly streamline investment in the business park. As the lead consultant, HW used our regulatory expertise to craft the agreement between the two parties and the updated performance standards associated with QDC land.

Also in the Public Policy and Planning category, the City of Pawtucket received an award for the Pawtucket Downtown Design Plan. This study provides an ambitious re-circulation plan for downtown Pawtucket that marries the historic patterns of the original turnpike system with the immediate redevelopment objectives for a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly downtown. Led by Thurlow Small Architecture, HW provided a comprehensive package of regulatory reform that was unanimously adopted by the City Council and the Planning Commission. Innovative features of the regulations include sustainable landscaping, architectural design guidelines, and “no parking required” for non-residential use. The complete plan can be viewed at http://www.downtownpawtucket.us/