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Dean of the School of Building Arts Christian Sottile and architecture professor Craig Clements were recognized for their contributions to the Ellis Square redevelopment, which received a Charter Award from the Congress for New Urbanism. The project was one of nine in the world to receive the honor, one of the pre-eminent international awards in urban design.
The redevelopment included the addition of a terraced, fountain-filled greenspace, a four-story underground parking garage, new residential and commercial space and other adjacent infill projects. Sottile & Sottile Urban Design & Civic Architecture, a Savannah-based firm of which Sottile is principal and Clements is a senior associate, was among the companies and organizations recognized.
The CNU, at the forefront of efforts to reform how communities are designed and built, recognized the five-year redevelopment project for the collaboration between public and private sectors and for creating a space that “models a framework for sustainable development within a historic urban context of international significance.”
The Ellis Square project is one of three Savannah projects to receive the Charter Award. The SCAD Museum of Art was honored in 2012. Read more about the Ellis Square project in the Savannah Morning News.