Burlington City Arts

MARCH 25, 2015

BCA and Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture Receive Vermont Public Places Honor Award


Burlington, VT: Burlington City Arts is pleased to announce receiving a Vermont Public Places Honor Award along with Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture and Lincoln Brown. This biennial award given by the Vermont Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects was presented by Justin Johnson, Secretary of Administration for the State of Vermont on behalf of Governor Peter Shumlin, Thursday, March 19th at a ceremony in the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vermont.

Burlington City Arts and Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture were honored for their work on Imagine City Hall Park, an informed outreach and designed master plan for Burlington’s City Hall Park. More information about the project can be found here:

The Vermont Chapter of the ASLA’s award program is organized to honor Vermont’s public places. Together these groups initiated the Vermont Public Places Awards to recognize special public spaces, the corridors that connect them, or networks of public spaces which have been defined or enriched by planning or design, as well as regulations that promote positive, public uses and benefits.

“We were fortunate to have Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture on board to create a plan that will transform City Hall Park into a destination green space, and to have Burlington City Arts facilitate such a unique engagement process that gave real voice to the input of residents, community members, and visitors. That partnership has created an exciting vision for the future of City Hall Park,” said Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger. 
Other 2015 recipients of the statewide award include:

Middlebury Riverfront Park, Middlebury – Town of Middlebury, LandWorks, Civil Engineering Associates, Marble Works Partnership.
Open Space Report, South Burlington – City of South Burlington, South Burlington Open Space Committee, T. J. Boyle Associates, Front Porch Planning & Design.
The Vermont Downtown Action Team – Vermont Department of Housing & Community Development, City of Barre, Town of Brandon, Town of Brattleboro, Town of Northfield, Town of Waitsfield, Town of Warren, Town of Waterbury and Town of Wilmington.
Waterbury State Office Complex Redevelopment Project – Waterbury – State of Vermont, Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services, Freeman French Freeman, Goody Clancy, SE Group, Engineering Ventures, Rist-Frost-Shumway.

Jim Donovan, ASLA, representing the Jury and the Vermont Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, The Vermont Planners Associations, The Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, The American Society of Civil Engineers, Vermont Section and The Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Council said, “Once again we are very pleased with both the diversity and the high quality of the submittals to this program this year. They show that Vermont continues to value the importance of public places, the corridors that connect them, or networks of public spaces, from small public parks to the private natural and created places opened to the public. We hope that our next Public Places Award Program in 2016 highlights an even larger and more diverse collection of interior and exterior public places.”

Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture is a ten person, professional Landscape Architecture and planning studio founded in 1987. The process of uniting context, form and materials provides the basis for Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture’s approach, crafting modern sculptural landscapes expressing the essential inherent beauty of natural materials. The firm's partners, H. Keith Wagner and Jeffrey Hodgson lead the firm's commitment to excellence in design and respect for the diversity of our client's needs and project settings. Structured in the tradition of the open design studio, Wagner Hodgson encourages and fosters interaction and collaboration throughout the design process. More at

The Vermont Public Places Honor Award is an important part of Burlington City Arts, celebrating over 30 years of supporting the arts, which is dedicated to the promotion of excellence, experimentation, and education in all forms of contemporary art. For more information about gallery exhibitions, special events, classes and workshops, please call 802.865.7166 or visit BURLINGTONCITYARTS.ORG.