September 16 2016

Ziger/Snead Projects Recognized at 4th Annual Maryland Sustainable Growth Awards

We are excited to announce that two Ziger/Snead projects were honored yesterday afternoon by the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission at its fourth annual awards ceremony. The Centre and The Center for Parks & People at Auchentoroly Terrace were recognized under the Sustainable Communities category, for facilitating or creating development that addresses at least one or more of Maryland's 12 Planning Visions.

The Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission presented awards for leadership, community planning and conservation at the awards ceremony today, recognizing individuals, organizations and programs that exemplify well-planned economic and community development initiatives throughout the state.

The eight winners represent individuals and organizations that demonstrate their commitment to sustainable growth – development or redevelopment that is compact, walkable and takes advantage of existing infrastructure while preserving the rural landscape – in Maryland. The event featured a keynote address by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford.

“Today’s recipients characterize the innovation, leadership, and passion that makes Maryland a leader in cultural preservation, community and economic development and environmental stewardship,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “Governor Hogan and I are proud to celebrate their contributions to our state and their commitment to helping change Maryland for the better.”

“The Maryland Department of Planning joins Lt. Governor Rutherford in applauding today’s growth award winners,” Wendi Peters, Secretary of Planning reiterated. “The individuals and projects celebrated today are examples of what can happen when great ideas and local vision come together in the spirit of creating economic opportunities, robust communities and a superior quality of life for Marylanders.”

The commission selected a diverse set of award recipients, from a community advocate that single-handedly led an effort to preserve and rehabilitate a crumbling piece of African American history, to a community program that educates and assists Baltimore City homeowners in becoming energy-efficient.

“The commission and I are excited to be recognizing outstanding Maryland projects for the fourth consecutive year,” said Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission Chair Susan Summers. “These growth awards are the highest level of recognition for well-planned economic and community development and sustainability in the state and these eight recipients exemplify the highest commitment to successful communities.”

Short videos about each award recipient are available here

The Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, established by Maryland statute, makes recommendations on growth and development issues and celebrates these achievements with an annual awards program. Commission members, who represent local and state government, business and nonprofit organization sectors, promote coordination and cooperation regarding innovative and responsible growth and development throughout Maryland.


The Centre – Vacant for more than 20 years, The Centre was a long forgotten theater on an undervalued thoroughfare in the Station North Arts District of Baltimore. The Centre is a unique gem situated on North Avenue, one of Baltimore’s most historically and culturally significant streets. The project transformed one of the largest vacant buildings in the district into a hub for artists, arts education, entrepreneurs focused on social innovation, and tech companies. With its 1939 marquee restored and brightly illuminated every night, it is now an iconic presence in the arts district.

Center for Parks & People Foundation – Established in 1984, the Parks & People Foundation is Baltimore’s leading nonprofit organization for providing creative solutions to parks and recreation issues. To better serve its network of communities and partners, Parks & People recently sought to consolidate its growing program staff and services in a central headquarters location. The selected site on Auchentoroly Terrace supports its Greening initiative, which aims to reclaim and revitalize vacant lots and create usable space that benefits the entire community.