Quinn Evans has been selected to receive a Design Award from the AIA Virginia Chapter for our outstanding work on the Church Hill North project in Richmond, VA. In a competitive field of 144 entries, the jury faced tough decisions, ultimately bestowing this well-earned award upon just 14 projects, with Church Hill North standing out as a beacon of design excellence and receiving a merit award.
The Church Hill North project is the embodiment of revitalization and innovation. It breathes fresh life into a long-neglected neighborhood, offering new hope and opportunities for the community it serves. The heart of the project is a mixed-use facility that combines various essential elements. It includes modern apartments, office spaces, a future restaurant, and a culinary arts school, all carefully integrated to serve the diverse needs of the community.
The cornerstone of Church Hill North is the Reynolds Community College's culinary school, which occupies the first two floors of the building. These spaces are designed to foster education and community engagement. An expansive teaching kitchen is connected to a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen, complete with a large theater for educating students and hosting community events. A pastry kitchen, a short-order kitchen, and a café serving student-prepared meals and baked goods all add to the culinary vibrancy of the space.
Apart from educational facilities, the Church Hill North project offers comfortable living spaces with 12 well-appointed apartments on portions of the third and fourth floors. Additionally, the third floor provides office spaces for businesses to thrive in the heart of the community.
One of the most exciting features of the project is the fourth-floor open space designated for a future restaurant. This restaurant space has large doors that open onto a cantilevered balcony, offering breathtaking views of the downtown Richmond skyline, making it a must-visit destination for residents and visitors alike.
This project is more than just a building; it's a testament to the power of design to transform communities. By creating a space that addresses the vital needs of the neighborhood, including healthcare and food accessibility, Quinn Evans has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving public health and well-being in Richmond's Church Hill North.
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