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SGA’s Ranson – Charles Town Commerce Corridor Project is awarded a Phoenix Award and People’s Choice Award at the National EPA Brownfield Conference in Atlanta, GA

August 05, 2013

The cities of Ranson and Charles Town and SGA were recently recognized as part of consultant team for their decade-long planning effort and partnership of transforming a blighted and contaminated corridor of idled brownfields into a “Commerce Corridor” of mixed-use, sustainable downtown development that will bring together workforce housing, commercial office jobs and retail shopping, integrated with an enhanced park and recreational system and connected by community facilities, complete streets and green infrastructure.  SGA Principals Timothy Stromberg and Sean Garrigan have been leading brownfields redevelopment planning and design on behalf of the two cities since 2002. Their planning work has led to nearly $90 Million in new private and public sector investment in the two cities and the creation of nearly 1000 jobs in the downtown heart of the two communities, including creating redevelopment framework for model green projects developed by the American Public University System, including two state-of-the-art academic facilities, which are Gold Level LEED Certified and located on former contaminated sites. Currently the firm, in conjunction with its affiliate architectural firm Landmarks SGA, LLC, is leading the final design of a model downtown mixed-use retail and multi-family complex on the former Powhatan Brass Foundry.

Cities of Ranson and Charles Town Brownfields Team Gathers to Receive Phoenix Awards at Brownfields 2013 Conference in Atlanta, May 2013. (left to right) Matt Ward (Sustainable Strategies DC); Stephanie Branche (U.S. EPA Region 3); Andy Blake (Manager, City of Ranson); Jill Gaito (Gaito & Associates); Hon. David Hamill (Mayor, City of Ranson); Dawn Seeburger (ERC); Mathy Stanislaus (U.S. EPA Assistant Administrator); Sean Garrigan (Principal, SGA); Timothy Stromberg (Principal, SGA)

The Phoenix Award was created to inspire and recognize exemplary brownfield redevelopment and revitalization projects, and to honor the innovate leadership of men and women working to solve the critical environmental problems of transforming abandoned and/or contaminated property into productive sites that result in new economic and community opportunities and assets.  Winning projects recognize the top brownfields redevelopment projects from across the country that offer a fresh take on significant environmental issues, show innovation, and demonstrate masterful community impact.  Projects are judged primarily upon the magnitude of the problems and the project, use of innovative techniques, cooperative efforts of multiple parties, positive impact on the environment, conservation or sustainability, and the project's general and long-term economic and/or social impacts on the community.  One Phoenix Award winner is selected from each of EPA’s 10 regions with one overall grand prize award selected by a panel of judges.  The People’s Choice Award is selected from the 10 outstanding Phoenix Award winners by the approximately 3,000 National Brownfield Conference attendees – our peers/fellow practitioners working in brownfield redevelopment. 

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