Lubber Run Community Center by Tom Holdsworth

DESIGNArlington Award Winners

06 Mar 2024

Arlington County, Virginia, has announced the 2023 DESIGNArlington award winners, and we’re celebrating the recognition of two projects.

An Excellence Award went to Lubber Run Community Center, completed in collaboration with VMDO Architects, Bowman Consulting, Springpoint, CMTA, and MCN Build. Our work at Centro Arlington, with KGD Architecture, brought home a Merit Award.

The Lubber Run Community Center blurs the distinction between indoors and outdoors. With architecture rooted in its sense of place, this net-zero energy building features recreation areas, playgrounds, native gardens providing stormwater management, and connections to nature trails in the adjacent Lubber Run Park.

Centro Arlington (pictured below) is a mixed-use development designed around a public plaza featuring diverse native plantings, moveable seating, a cascading fountain, and public art – enhancing the area for the community.

DESIGNArlington is a biennial awards program, launched in 2009, aimed at increasing public awareness of outstanding design. The program celebrates design work that enhances the County's environment.

"Arlington has some of the most creative designs and uses of space in its parks, schools, public art, and private development,” Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey said, “DESIGNArlington lets us celebrate projects that have gone above and beyond and encourages future construction that is thoughtful in how it contributes to the history, goals, and feel of our community."

A photograph of a person with a dog walking through a very green public square, featuring a cube-like, white metal structure.

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