COLUMBUS, Ohio – The B&N-designed Rich Street Bridge in downtown Columbus, Ohio, was recently awarded the 2012 James B. Recchie Design & Preservation Award by the Columbus Landmarks Foundation.
For the first time, the award was presented jointly to two projects: the Scioto River Bridges – comprised of the Rich Street Bridge and the neighboring Main Street Bridge – and the Scioto Mile. The Rich Street Bridge project ties into the Scioto Mile, an area consisting of 145 acres of parkland along the Scioto River.
The Foundation stated the decision to merge the two finalists became obvious after visiting the project sites and seeing how the projects are interconnected. Remarks from the jury that selected the winners praised the collaboration that occurred when developing the Scioto River Bridges and the Scioto Mile.
“[The projects] form a connection over the river that is both sculptural and functional and they contribute to the overall quality of the Columbus Civic Center along the Scioto River. The bridges also demonstrate that works of engineering can be elevated to a design quality worthy of civic acclaim.”
The Columbus Landmarks Foundation is a non-profit organization that advocates for, promotes and preserves Columbus landmarks and neighborhoods. Each year, Columbus Landmarks honors those that have made exceptional strides in promoting historic preservation and producing quality urban design. Following a public nomination process, five James B. Recchie Design & Preservation Award finalists were selected by a screening committee and the winner was chosen by a group of jurors.