Atlanta-based Kronberg Wall Architects earned top honors at the 14th annual Charter Awards hosted by the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) last month in Dallas, Tex. Taking the Grand Prize for the rehabilitation project Iberville Offsites, representatives from Kronberg Wall accepted the award.
Located in New Orleans, the Iberville Offsites project combines historic preservation with green retrofitting through the restoration of 46 historic, vernacular dwellings using environmentally-friendly technology and building practices. The project team benefited from state and federal tax credit programs, including a federal Choice Neighborhoods grant, to make modern, green living accessible to low-income and racially-diverse long-time residents.
“We are completely humbled and honored that our work on Iberville Offsites has been recognized, particularly by an organization like CNU,” said Kronberg Wall principal Eric Kronberg. “Our hope is that this work will inspire other projects in other cities to further the goal of sustainable, pragmatic preservation.”
Iberville Offsites had previously received the National Trust Historic Preservation Secretary’s Award for the renovation of the homes. Innovative construction methods approved by the National Park Services were used in order to create energy efficient structures while preserving historic components of the original houses. Kronberg Wall completed the construction of the 46 affordable homes in 2014.
“Iberville Offsites is representative of so many things that we are trying to do,” said 2015 Charter Awards jury chair and CNU cofounder Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk. “Private initiative and public support are skillfully combined.”
About the CNU Charter Awards
The Charter Awards are given annually to outstanding achievements in design and planning by the nonprofit Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), a national group devoted to building walkable, sustainable neighborhoods. With more than 2,600 members working in communities across North America – from urban centers to historic small towns – CNU connects and empowers the professionals, leaders, advocates and citizens creating places people love.
About Kronberg Wall
The multidisciplinary team at Kronberg Wall possesses expertise in architecture, planning, urban design, policy making and real estate development. Founded in 2003 by Eric Kronberg and Adam Wall, the award-winning firm develops distinctive places where people’s experiences are as elevated as the architecture. With the goal of “conscious urban placemaking,” Kronberg Wall emphasizes the context of each project, its role in the community and the moments people spend inhabiting it.
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