BRIC awards best design, building
Seven area architectural, building and environmental groups recognized the best in the local building industry during the third annual BRIC (Building Recognition in Chattanooga) awards in June.
Winners included City Homes by Cogent Studio for best residential design; Songbirds by Cogent Studio for best commercial design; Conversant Group by Franklin Architects and UTC west campus housing by March Adams for the people's choice for overall design; Middle Valley Elementary School by March Adams for outstanding engineering; Jim Laney with The Design Co. for best residential project; Sara Gowin with Franklin Architects for best commercial project; Ryan Feisley for best student project; Bailey Walton for best overall project; Kelly Subaru and Heritage South Community Credit Union by TU Parks Construction for best renovation project; the riverwalk expansion by Thomas Brothers Construction for best transportation and infrastructure project and the overall people's choice for design; EPB Solar Share for sustainable project of the year; BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's Cameron Hill campus for best sustainable business project; Ginny Kincer with Tennessee Solar Solutions for people's choice for most sustainable project, and Kelly Subaru and Tennessee Solar Solutions for the people's choice of project of the year.
Promoting diversity in business
The Diversity Marketplace at the First Tennessee pavilion in June showcased a variety of minority- and women-owned businesses during the annual Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce event designed to promote small, multigenerational, culturally diverse, innovative and creative businesses as well as nonprofits.