Excellence in Design - Facility Design

This award recognizes excellence in design of completed aquatic, recreation and/or cultural facilities intended for public use. The project may be either new construction or a rehabilitation project that demonstrates high standards of planning, design, community involvement, operation and maintenance, quality of aesthetics, usability, accessibility and versatility.

Recognizes design and construction or significant rehabilitation of buildings, structures and facilities used primarily to support park and recreation purposes.

Use this FAQ guide for more details regarding this award nomination form!

One Excellence Award may be awarded in each category and each class. Project must have been completed between November 1, 2013 and October 31, 2014.

This category has an entry fee: CPRS member $65 per entry; non member $165 per entry.


Use these Tips and Award Winning Strategies to ensure your nomination is award worthy!


Aquatic Facilities

Community Centers/Mixed Use Facilities (examples: senior centers, gymnasiums, library/community centers, joint use facilities)

Cultural Facilities (examples: performing arts, visual art studios, museums)

Class Based on Project Cost ¹

  • Class 1 $0 - $5 million
  • Class 2 $5 million - $15 million
  • Class 3 $15 million and above



¹ Include total construction and site improvements costs, fixtures/furnishings and equipment. Do not include personnel-related project costs, architectural fees, property acquisition cost, construction management fees, special testing or other non-construction costs.

Evaluation Criteria

Challenge: Describe the organizational challenge or compelling community need the entry addressed. [250 word maximum] (20 pts)

Resourcefulness: Extent the entry demonstrated the use of unique architectural elements or responded to challenging environmental, cultural or site constraints or integrated “green” construction materials, systems, management or maintenance practices. [400 word maximum] (25 pts)

Execution: Extent the entry utilized various strategies, tools, resources and outreach efforts to address the challenge, including the use of non-traditional fiscal or community resources i.e., grants, sponsorships, foundations, volunteers and the communication efforts used to inform, engage and receive feedback from the community, policy makers or stakeholders. [400 word maximum] (20 pts)

Accomplishment: Extent the entry provided a substantial community benefit, improved operational efficiencies, created new or increased value in the community or significantly enhanced the provision of park and recreation services through measurable results. [400 word maximum] (25 pts)

Mission: Extent the entry supported the Parks Make Life Better!® campaign messages of creating spaces and places for access to nature, outdoor space for play and exercise, self-directed and directed recreation, facilitating social connections, lifelong learning, or the arts. [250 word maximum] (10 pts)

Required Additional Submittals

  1. Site plan (PDF)
  2. Building floor plan
  3. 6 to 8 photos (1 MB) including at least 2 interior and 2 exterior photos; before and after photos if a rehabilitation project; each photo labeled with entry and agency name
  4. Maximum 3 examples of background information that support one or more of the criteria (PDF)
  5. Notice of Completion or other documentation that states when the project was completed (PDF)
  6. Letter from agency administrator acknowledging entry is being submitted (needed only if entry is submitted by non-agency personnel) (PDF)

Awards Chair

Doug Grove, RHA Landscape Architects

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