Omaha by Design’s 17th Annual Awards Luncheon
March 30, 2017
On February 23, Omaha by Design held its 17th Annual Awards Luncheon to honor individuals, organizations, and businesses that make a positive impact on the design and function of greater Omaha’s physical environment. Emcee for the event was Mike McMeekin, President of Lamp, Rynearson & Associates and President of Omaha by Design’s Board of Directors. The luncheon was held at the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center at the University of Nebraska Omaha.
Omaha by Design’s Advisory Committee of over forty members nominates and votes to select the recipients of each award.
The two awards were presented at the luncheon – The Laurels Award and the Environment and Open Space Leaf Award.
The Laurels Award is Omaha by Design’s highest honor and recognizes an individual, organization, or business for significant contributions to great spaces in the metro. The 2016 Laurels Award recipient is Mike Moylan, CEO of Shamrock Development, for his contributions to urban core redevelopment. Shamrock Development’s current major project is the Capital District (http://capitoldistrictomaha.com), a destination dining and entertainment district in the center of Omaha’s urban core. Visit www.shamrockdevelopment.com to see this and more of Mike’s contributions.
The Environment and Open Space Leaf Award recognizes an individual, organization or business that has worked to preserve or enhance the Omaha metro’s natural setting, park system and open spaces. The well-deserved 2016 recipient is Pat Slaven, of the City of Omaha Parks, Recreation, and Public Property Department, for a career of contributions to Omaha’s public spaces. She has been a park planner with the City of Omaha since 1996, designing and managing projects for the city. She’s a strong advocate for Omaha’s historic parks and boulevards. Her award was made by Brook Bench, Director of the Department.
The additional awards that were previously given were also highlighted at the luncheon. They included:
The Access and Mobility Leaf Award recipients, WELCOM & Verdis Group, for their work to create the Active Commuting Toolkit,
The Community Appearance Leaf Award recipients, KETV & Hearst, for rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of Burlington Station, and
The Neighborhood Revitalization Leaf Award recipient Norita Matt for her career of service to enhance neighborhoods. Matt’s award was made at the 2016 Iowa Nebraska Neighborhood Conference.