Cuningham Group’s Historic Millwork District Master Plan for the City of Dubuque Recognized with Multiple Awards

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International architecture firm Cuningham Group Architecture, P.A. (Cuningham Group) announces that its Historic Millwork District Master Plan for the City of Dubuque, Iowa is the recent recipient of multiple awards.

Cuningham Group's Historic Millwork District Master Plan charts a course for the Millwork District to reestablish itself as a regional engine of growth.

International architecture firm Cuningham Group Architecture, P.A. (Cuningham Group) announces that its Historic Millwork District Master Plan for the City of Dubuque, Iowa is the recent recipient of multiple awards.

Dubuque Main Street 24th Annual Awards: Dubuque Main Street is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development and ongoing support of downtown Dubuque. Collaborating with the public and private sectors, the organization works to bring about business growth and a spirit of vitality to the city center. Dubuque Main Street recognized the Master Plan as the winner of its “Best Community Initiated Development” category.

Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association Planning Excellence Awards: The Historic Millwork District Master Plan was honored with an award in the category of “Innovation in Best Practices for Sustainability.” Acknowledging that sustainability practices can impact how places are planned, designed, built, used, and maintained, this category recognizes that planners are in a vital position of leading sustainability efforts within communities that address environmental, social equity, and economic challenges.

1000 Friends of Iowa Best Development Awards: 1000 Friends of Iowa is a statewide non-profit organization that promotes responsible development. Its Annual Best Development Awards program recognizes projects that reflect principles of smart growth and sustainability. The Historic Millwork District Master Plan was selected to receive the award for “Best Leadership” because it is a model for future communities in Iowa where historic preservation and sustainability can be combined on a grand scale to promote a higher quality of life.

About the Historic Millwork District Master Plan
Dubuque’s Millwork District—once the nation’s largest Millwork District—now covers 19 acres and contains over 1 million square feet of vacant warehouse space. The Historic Millwork District Master Plan (“The Plan”) charts a course for the Millwork District to reestablish itself as a regional engine of growth. Upon completion, the District will contain over 1,000 new residents and 1,000 new employees. Individual properties and the public realm will function as an urban ecosystem, and the District will be a unit with high economic value and low environmental impact. The District will stay within its rainfall budget, approach carbon balance, create sustainable jobs and housing, and reinforce the importance of connectivity and diversity within the city.

The Plan provides a comprehensive approach for integrating sustainable practices throughout the implementation process. It organizes the strategies according to five infrastructure systems, or layers, to provide a framework for understanding and implementing a healthy and sustainable plan: 1) Blue Infrastructure addresses water use and treatment approaches that contribute to better water quality. 2) Orange Infrastructure includes efficient electrical, heating, and cooling systems that minimize the District’s carbon footprint. 3) Gray Infrastructure includes buildings, parking, streets, and other redevelopment that is essential to establishing a viable mixed-use neighborhood. 4) Green Infrastructure includes vegetation, parks, and open space that contribute to a healthy ecosystem, better air and water quality, and improved public life. 5) Red Infrastructure includes arts and cultural spaces, amenities, and expressions that reinforce the identity of an area.

About Cuningham Group
Cuningham Group® transcends tradition with architecture, interior design, urban design and planning services for a diverse mix of client and project types. Our client-centered, collaborative approach incorporates trend-setting architecture and environmental responsiveness to create projects that weave seamlessly into the urban fabric. Founded in 1968, the firm is consistently recognized as a leader in a variety of markets and has grown to over 160 employees in offices in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Biloxi, Bakersfield, Madrid and Seoul. For more information, please visit http://www.cuningham.com.

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