PCH seeking award nominations

Apr. 04, 2013 @ 04:32 PM

Preservation Chapel Hill is seeking nominations for its annual Preservation Awards that honor individuals and businesses.

The Preservation Awards celebrate outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in historic preservation in the Chapel Hill community. Award winners have made significant contributions to protecting America’s heritage through their efforts to protect, promote, and preserve Chapel Hill’s historic places.

Individuals, businesses, organizations, and governments whose efforts have resulted in significant contributions to the preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, adaptive reuse, or interpretation of Chapel Hill’s (and the surrounding area) architectural or cultural heritage are eligible for nomination.

The Founders Award, given in honor of the efforts of PCH co-founders Georgia Kyser and Ida Friday, recognizes an individual or organization who has undertaken a significant restoration or rehabilitation project with exemplary sensitivity to historic character.

The Young Preservationist Award recognizes the efforts of professionals 30 years old or younger who have made significant contributions to a local project, research, archival documentation or university.

The Preservation Achievement Award recognizes that one person really can change the world by honoring professionals who have made significant contributions to the field of Historic Preservation throughout their careers.

The Sustainability Award honors individuals or organizations who have implemented new technologies for sustainability and energy efficiency in a rehabilitation project.

The Advocacy Award recognizes individuals or organizations who have been leaders in advocacy for preservation issues in the community, leading efforts to promote local architecture and history, effective public policy and the retention of historic resources.

Anyone may nominate an eligible individual, organization or business, and self-nominations are welcome. Visit www.preservationchapelhill.org or contact Cheri Szcodronski, PCH executive director, at 919-942-7818 or cheri@preservationchapelhill.org for more information or to obtain a nomination form. Nominations are due April 19th.

Award winners will be announced at Preservation Happy Hour May 1st at WXYZ Lounge at Aloft hotel,1001 Hamilton Road in Chapel Hill. The event is free to attend and open to the public. Aloft will donate 10 percent of food and beverage sales during the event to Preservation Chapel Hill. Preservation Happy Hour will begin at 4:30 p.m., with the award ceremony following at 5:30.