Chicago Botanic Garden
Mr. Kris Jarantoski
Executive Vice President & Director
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
A new LEED ® Gold Certified 38,000 sf Plant Conservation
Science Center with state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching facilities for over 200 Ph.D. scientists, land managers, students, and research staff, and includes teaching facilities required for a unique doctoral program in plant biology and conservation that the Chicago Botanic Garden conducts with Northwestern University.
Brookfield Zoo / Forest Preserve of Cook County
Ms. Angela Sullivan
Director of Strategic Initiatives & Planning
3300 Golf Road
Brookfield, IL 60513
A new 16,500 sf facility and 40,000 sf site development designed by Booth Hansen. Guests of all ages engage in up-close experiences with animal ambassadors. This pavilion houses a variety of animal ambassadors that will interact with guests in the adjacent Hamill Family Wild Encounters exhibit, in other areas inside the zoo, and in venues outside of the zoo. A public portion serves educational events, special events, catered events, and animal ambassador encounters with guests. Public restrooms serve the pavilion, as well as the adjacent Oaks Café.
McHenry County Conservation District
Ms. Elizabeth Kessler
18410 U.S. Highway 14
Woodstock, IL 60098
A LEED ® Gold Certified conversion and extensive renovation of an existing 28,450 sf motel into a new public visitor center with administration offices, exhibit viewing areas, environmental education classrooms, conference center and multipurpose rooms for community use. The project includes the sustainable redevelopment to support a permeable paved parking lot, native plantings, bio-swales, and wetlands.
Hitchcock Design Group
Mr. Bill Inman
Senior Vice President
221 West Jefferson Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
Redevelopment of a 450 acre sand and gravel quarry into a new public recreation area. The project includes the development of new city streets, bridges, decks, parking lots, and the entire utility infrastructure to support the new and proposed developments. The recreation area includes various buildings, swimming, picnicking, and fishing areas, as well as two boat marinas.
Wauconda Area Library
Mr. Thomas Kern
801 North Main Street
Wauconda, IL 60084
847.526.6225 x209 PH
An expansion of 17,000 sf to the existing 14,000 sf library which included adding a second story to the existing structure and expanding the building in all four directions.
The 7 acre Children’s Garden includes two main garden area: Backyard Discovery Gardens and Adventure Woods linked by a Central Plaza. The three areas include ten themed gardens within the garden; including water features, climbing, and play elements.
The Morton Arboretum
Mr. Kris Bachtell
Vice President of Collection and Facilities
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532
Give Something Back Foundation
Mr. Steve Cardamone
16614 West 159th Street
Lockport, IL 60441
Lincoln Landing is a spectacular open air park and museum that spans more than one city block. The Federal Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission recently designated Lockport’s Lincoln Landing as one of its officially endorsed historic sites. The centerpiece of the acre interactive park, on the old Illinois and Michigan Canal, is a sculpture of
Abraham Lincoln as a young Illinois legislator.
Award: 2016 Association of Zoos & Aquariums Honors Award
An extensive redevelopment of the southeast section of Brookfield Zoo. The new Wild Encounter exhibit provides direct encounters with animals, science exploration, animal welfare and personal participation in conservation.
Designed by The Portico Group, the three-acre exhibit features interactive and viewing exhibits for wallabies, reindeer, red pandas, alpaca, llama, goats and a large four-season Budgie Aviary building.