KKB presents 2017 Orchid Awards

Keep Knoxville Beautiful will host its annual Orchid Awards dinner on March 7, 2017 at 6:00 at The Standard, 416 W. Jackson Avenue. The evening will include live music, live painting by muralist Perry Dodson, a silent auction with complimentary beer and wine reception, dinner, and the awards ceremony. Gale Fulton, Director of the School of Landscape Architecture at the University of Tennessee, is the speaker.

Awards will be presented to winners in six different categories: Environmental Stewardship, New Architecture, Outdoor Spaces, Public Art, Redesign/Reuse, and Restaurant/Café/Bar/Brewery.

“Each year the list of nominees reveals a snapshot of the progress and values of our developing city,” stated Keep Knoxville Beautiful Executive Director Patience Melnik. “The Redesign/Reuse category continues to be our strongest, with projects exemplifying the continued rebirth of downtown Knoxville. We were also very pleased to see a big jump in the number of strong contenders for the Public Art award. And while there were only three Environmental Stewardship nominees, they are large or culturally significant projects. As an organization with an environmental mission, we are especially excited about these additions to our community.”

The nominees for New Architecture are the Local Motors Microfactory, the Market Square Restroom Facilities, Mountain Commerce Bank, the Natalie Haslam Music Center, and the Student Union at the University of Tennessee. The nominees for Outdoor Spaces are the Baker Creek Preserve, the Blueberry Falls Extension at the University of Tennessee, Hank Rappe Playground at Lakeshore Park, the Old City Gardens, the Secret Garden at the Knoxville Botanical Garden Arboretum, and Suttree Landing Park.

The nominees for Public Art are the Alliance Brewing Company mural, the Chilhowee Park mural, the Jerry’s Artarama mural, Pat Summit Plaza, The Emporium Center Underground Mural, and the Third Creek Greenway mural.

The nominees for Redesign/Reuse are Anderson and Rahman Dermatology, Geo Hair Lab, the Locust Street Pedestrian Bridge, Lululemon Athletica, Patricia Nash Designs, the Powell Airplane Service Station, the Depot at Powell Station, Premier Surgical Associates at Papermill, The Daniel, The Mill and Mine, the Kennedy-Walker-Baker-Sherill House, the 6th Avenue Warehouses, and the 1894 Saloon Building.

The nominees for Restaurant/Café/Bar/Brewery are: A Dopo Sourdough Pizza, Alliance Brewing Company, Balter Beerworks, J.C. Holdway, Juice Bar in Market Square, K Brew, Lonesome Dove, Remedy Coffee, Schulz Bräu Brewing Company, and Wild Love Bakehouse.

Additionally, The Mary Lou Horner Beautification Award will be granted to a former Orchid Award winner whose property remains Orchid-worthy.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful is honored to have the East Tennessee Community Design Center serve as judges of the dozens of award nominations.

The nominees for Environmental Stewardship are the Beardsley Farm Education Center, the City of Knoxville Public Works Complex, and the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials.

For tickets, please visit www.keepknoxvillebeautiful.org/orchid-awards/

All proceeds benefit Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s programs.