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The Waterfront Center
31st Annual Excellence on the Waterfront

Mini-Conference, Awards Ceremony and Reception
Friday, September 21, 2018
1:30 – 7:00 p.m.
The Churchill Hotel
1914 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

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Mini Conference Schedule

Friday, September 21, 2018

1:30 Registration  

2:00 Welcome – Ann Breen and Dick Rigby, co-directors, The Waterfront Center

2:30 2018 Awards Ceremony and Presentations Donna Walcavage, princiapal, Stantec, jury Chair, presiding


Clearwater Award

The Billion Oyster Project, New York State. Blyss Buitrago,
Community, Stewardship and Engagement Manager, Governors Island, New York.

Presenting: TBA

Honor Award – Plan

San Francisco Bay Trail Design Guidelines and Tool Kit,  San Francisco
Bay (Nine Counties),  California. Submitted by Lee Huo, Association of Bay
Area Governments, San Francisco, and Patrick Miller, Landscape Station,
Berkeley, both California.

Presenting: Patrick Miller and Lee Huo

Honor Awards – Projects (in alphabetical order)

Newark Riverfront Park, Newark New Jersey.  Submitted by Weintraub Diaz
Landscape Architecture, Nyack New York.and The Trust of Public Land,
Newark, New Jersey.

Presenting: Leonard Hopper, Weintraub Diaz Landscape Architecture 

Refuge Gateway and Humbug Marsh, Trenton and Gilbraltar,
Michigan. Submitted by John Hartig, Fish and Wildlife Service, GrossIsle, and A. Hicks, Hamilton Anderson Associates, Detroit, both Michigan.

Presenting: TBA       

South Waterfront Greenway, Portland, Oregon. Submitted byChelsea
McCann, Walker Macy, Portland, Oregon, and Thomas Balsley, SWA/Thomas
Balsley, New York, N.Y.

Presenting: Mike Zilis, Walker-Macy and Tom Balsley 

 •Sea Lab and Campus Plan, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), Wachapreague, Virginia, Submitted by Donna Phaneuf, VIA design architects, Norfolk,and Dr. Richard Snyder, VIMS, Wachapreague, both Virginia.

Presenting: Donna Phaneuf.

The Wharf, Washington D.C. Submitted by Mathew Jahromi, Hoffman Madison
Waterfront, Washington, D.C., and Justin Wolf, Perkins Eastman, New York,
New York.

Presenting: TBA

Top Honor Plan.

Willamette Falls Riverwalk Master Plan, Oregon City,
Oregon. Submitted by Laura Terway,  Metro and City of Oregon City and
Carol Mayer-Reed, Mayer/Reed Inc., Portland, Oregon.

• Top Honor Project.

Senator Joseph Finnegan Park at Port Norfolk,
Boston, Massachusetts. Submitted by Iris Lin, Halvorson Design
Partnership, and Dan Driscoll, Mass. Dept.
 of Conservation + Recreation, both Boston, Massachusetts.

Presenting: Cynthia Smith, vice president, Halvorson Design Partnership.


Reception in honor of the 2018 Winners follows immediately in the bar area across the hall


7:30 Gala Dinner Honoring the 2016 Winners

2101 Connecticut Avenue NW – Lobby level


Churchill Hotel

HOTEL. Rooms have been blocked at the hotel. The cut-off date is August 20 to secure the special rate. 
Make your own reservations by calling 202 797 2000 and mention the Waterfront Center.
Our contact is Stevie Barbee. 
RATES: $159 for single/double; $179 for Junior Suite. 

Friday afternoon attendees at the mini-conference will hear presentations by the 2018 award winners. The winners will be announced on the Center’s web site in August and the list of speakers posted. They will receive their awards and be feted at a champagne reception at 6:00 p.m. Donna Walcavage, principal, Stantec, New York, New York, this year’s jury chair, will preside. Fee will include conference attendance and the reception.

Gala Dinner Honoring the 2018 Winners

7:30 p.m.
2101 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

2101 Connecticut Avenue

The Optional Gala Dinner, always a convivial evening will include a delicious multi-course meal with wine and champagne toasts. The venue is very short walk from the hotel.

30th Annual Excellence on the Waterfront 2017Awards posted see HERE

This is a digital version of the Awards booklet which summarizes the winning awards

Conference Awards Presentation posted see HERE

This is the PowerPoint presentaion from the awards ceremony which provides many more images of the winning projects and plans



Waterfront Center’s Annual Conference Urban Waterfronts 2014 

The Welcoming Presetation at the Waterfront Center 2014 Conference

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The Waterfront Center 2014 Conference Brochure

The Waterfront Center 2014 Conference Presentations

The Baltimore Walking Tour at the Waterfront Center 2014 Conference

The Waterfront Center Excellence on the Waterfront 2014 Awards Presentation

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2014 Sponsors

American Institute of Architects/Communities by Design, Washington, D.C.
Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc. Cambridge
Cho Benn Holback, Baltimore, Maryland
McLaren Engineering Group, West Nyack, New York
RBC Wealth Management, Washington, District of Columbia
Sasaki Associates, Watertown, Massachusetts
SF Marina, Portland, Maine
Walker Macy, Portland, Oregon
Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland


Waterfront Center’s Annual Conference Urban Waterfronts 2013 


Sept. 25 to 28, 2013, River Center, Davenport, Iowa.

Combined with Upper Mississippi River Conference Sept. 25-27

Click here too see 2013 Conference Brochure  

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Waterfront Center wishes to acknowledge and thank the following firms, organizations and agencies for their generous support:



Support confirmed as of April 19, 2013  


CH2M Hill, New York, New York

CAMBRIDGE 7 ASSOCIATES, Cambridge, Massachusetts

EDSA, Fort Lauderdale, Florida



SASAKI ASSOCIATES, INC., Watertown Massachusetts


WALKER MACY, Portland, Oregon

THE WATERFRONT CENTER, Washington, District of Columbia  

For information on Conference Support Opportunities and Benefits contact The Center at 202/337-0356 click on Sponsorship Opportunities above.

Please help us to make future conferences a success.



The Once and Future Waterfront

Washington DC, September 2012

    The Waterfront Center Urban Waterfronts 2012 – its 30th annual international conference -- was a singular inspirational event bringing together over 25 top planners, designers, developers and civic decision makers to share their experiences and thoughts on the past quarter century in interactive sessions facilitated by provocative and knowledgeable moderators. The attendees were, as with past 29 Center conferences, given a chance to network with an interdisciplinary community from all over the world with a shared passion and concern for waterfronts to reflect with each other on where the movement has been and where it is poised to go.

Conference Brochure

Click here to see the presentation of 25 years of awards


Washington DC Conference Walking Tour




Thirty Years and Counting

A Memorable Conference


New York City, October 27-29, 2011

Welcome Presentation

PowerPoint Presentations from the 2011 Conference

New York Conference Boat Tour

Conference Brochure

“THIRTY YEARS AND COUNTING” was the theme of this year’s Waterfront Center conference held in New York City in October. This is in recognition of the Center’s 30th anniversary in 2011 as well as the approximate date when the waterfront redevelopment phenomenon took hold in this country and abroad. 
To reflect the theme, one of the conference’s 12 panels featured cities whose waterfront work dates back at least 30 years. Candidates include London and Liverpool UK, Newport, R.I., Oakland, Calif., Seattle, Wash. and St. Louis, Mo. 

For over 25 years the Center’s conference has been recognized as the premier international waterfront meeting, bringing together a wide range of practitioners from varied disciplines and geography. In all the Urban Waterfronts 2011 featured 33 presenters, from cities of all sizes and from a range of geography including overseas. In addition there was a keynote feature and a closing presentation. A conference highlight was the first announcement of the winners of the Center’s annual awards program. The 2001 jury chairman was Jonathan Goldstick, senior vice president, Halcrow Inc., New York, N.Y.

A pre-conference workshop featured a sampling of the New York area’s waterfront projects was conducted all day on Thursday, Oct. 27. Special briefings and on-site tours were organized by a host local committee, headed by Donna Walcavage, principal/vice president at AECOM and Roland Lewis, president and CEO, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, both New York City.




The City Resurgent

PowerPoint Presentations from the 2010 Conference

Baltimore Conference Boat Tour


Urban Waterfronts 27 Conference 2009 

Sustainable Solutions
Seattle Marriott Waterfront
October 22-24, 2009

Seattle Conference Boat Tour


Contact the Waterfront Center

Telephone 202/337 0356 


Links to Waterfront Expertise

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