Merit Awards

     Plan NH believes that what we build, where we build and how  have an influence on the health and vibrancy of the community

Dover’s Bradley Commons

One part of our mission is to raise awareness of that link – within professionals in the building industries, and within communities themselves.

The annual Plan NH Merit Awards Program  recognizes New Hampshire projects that reflect the Mission of Plan NH, incorporate Smart Growth and Livability principles, social responsibility, and/or creative approaches to collaboration and cooperation, and exemplify how the built environment can have a positive impact on a community.

Submitted nominations are reviewed by a Committee of diverse professionals, and outstanding projects are selected to receive an Award.

On June 20, at Plan NH’s annual Awards Evening (this year again at The Hotel Concord), the following received Merit Awards of Excellence for Planning, Design, and/or Development:

Concord City-Wide Community Center Owner:  City of Concord.  This is on the site of the old Dame School, most of which was torn down but a significant section was saved. Today, this community center, on a bus line, serves community members of all ages.  The committee saw this as a great adaptive re-use project.
Downtown Concord Complete Streets Owner:  City of Concord.   The re-build of Concord’s main street, which included taking away parking spaces, increasing sidewalk widths, adding bike lanes and more has had a tremendous transformative impact on the city.  The great energy from this street, now an “outdoor room”, has led to economic revitalization and a renewed pride in Concord.
Gilford Village Knolls III Owner:  Lakes Region Community Developers.  This is Phase 3 of a development for older adults in a rural setting.  Not only is this intentionally close to the town center and its amenities, the project received  NH first passive house certification for a multi-family building.
Bradley Commons (Dover) Owner:  The Housing Partnership.  The  grand  old church was torn down, and in its place is a mixed-use place, with architecture that shows the spirit of Dover.  Easily accessible to amenities via walking or bus, the building fills the street in a good way (parking is in the back).  There are places to live with lower price points, as well as non-profits on site.

In 2018, Plan NH announced five projects:

  • Franklin Light and Power renovation
  • Lakes Region Mental Health Center, Laconia
  • Frank Jones Brew Yard:  Brew House and 1884 House, Portsmouth
  • Wentworth Village Common Covered Bridge
  • Florence Rideout Elementary School, Wilton