David Furman, a Charlotte native and architect at Centro CityWorks, will receive Charlotte Center City Partners’ 2015 Vision Award, which recognizes the contributions of individuals, businesses and organizations that have “made the Center City a more vibrant urban core.”
The award will be presented Thursday at a dinner at the Charlotte Convention Center, along with other awards for individuals, businesses and organizations being recognized for their work in developing the city center.
“I live downtown, I work downtown,” said Furman. “I try to support all things downtown.”
Furman created the architectural firm Centro CityWorks to focus on urban and affordable housing projects. Between 2000 and 2008, the company created 20 projects valued at over $250 million, and 15 of them, including the 28-story Trademark condo tower, are in uptown Charlotte.
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More recently, the company designed the five-story mixed-use building in South End at 1616 Camden Road being built by Beacon Properties, an area Furman has called the “downtown of South End.” Developers say they hope to attract companies drawing from the area’s young talent pool of workers.
Michael Smith, president and CEO of the Charlotte Center City Partners, said Furman “personifies what the Vision Award was created to celebrate.” Smith praised Furman not only for his own work, but for challenging other area developers and architects when it comes to innovation and urban design.
“David gets that connection of quality design and of the power of urban places to grow the tax base to attract tomorrow’s talent and to grow jobs,” Smith said.
Other honors being presented Thursday:
▪ A special achievement award to the BB&T Ballpark uptown “for the significant teamwork, fortitude, patience and vision it took to bring this project to life.”
▪ Special achievement award to Charlotte Ballet for bringing an international spotlight “through innovative choreography, creative programming and talented artists.”
▪ Special achievement award to Crisis Assistance Ministry for the organization’s work to prevent and end homelessness and “preserving dignity for Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s working poor.”
▪ Phat Burrito will receive the Settlers Award, which recognizes businesses, institutions or retailers who have been key contributors to Center City’s quality of life. Phat Burrito, the South End restaurant that offers Southwestern-style Mexican fare and is known for its colorful interior, has been in business for more than 15 years.