Merit Awards

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

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.

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Plan NH Merit Awards information and nomination materials 2018

Nominations for 2018 are due May 16.



On June 21, 2017, Plan NH recognized an unprecedented number of projects to receive a Merit Award of Excelence in Planning, Design, and/or Development of New Hamphire’s built environment:

Honorable Mention:

  • Allenstown Community Center
  • Building on Hope/Manchester Police Athletic League (MPAL) Michael Briggs Community Center Renovations

Merit Awards:

  • River’s Edge Apartments, Laconia
  • The Flats @ Hanover Commons, Manchester
  • Jim Mitchell Community Park, Warner
  • New England Sweetwater Farm and Distillery, Winchester

Merit Awards with Distinction:

  • Portsmouth African Burying Ground Memorial Park
  • Access Portsmouth (not a built project, but a website and soon-to-be app that let’s people in wheelchairs know where to park and what restaurants are accessible with accessible bathrooms in Portsmouth.)