The 2023 City of Charlotte’s Urban Design Awards were held on Oct. 19, and we are excited to announce that Waverly won the award for Great Suburban Design! Also known as The Urbies, the third annual awards are presented by the City of Charlotte and the UNC Charlotte School of Architecture to recognize, celebrate and champion quality urban design in Charlotte while encouraging continued community discussion around what makes for unique and great places.
A diverse, 10-member community jury of urban design experts chose award recipients from a pool of nominees submitted by the public. At the ceremony, Urban Design Center Manager Erin Chantry praised Waverly for the experience it offers residents, office workers, shoppers and guests.
Childress Klein Partner Chris Thomas and Crosland Southeast Partner Peter B. Pappas accepted the award at the ceremony. Thomas and Pappas worked together to bring the vision of Waverly to life, from the first community meetings and rezoning to design, groundbreaking, construction and lease up.
“Our property management and leasing teams deserve kudos for taking such good and thoughtful care of this center,” said Thomas. “We indeed made good on our pledge to create a first class “sub-urban” mixed use development.”
Thomas recalls how instead of the development fronting Providence Road, they opted for a site plan – designed by Land Design and Shook Kelley – that created pedestrian energy. From the building and sidewalk design to the ability to close Waverly Walk for special events to the thoughtful mix of tenants, Waverly has become a destination in Charlotte.
“As our city continues to grow, great urban design is vital to maintaining and enhancing quality of life for all residents,” said Alyson Craig, director of the Charlotte Planning, Design & Development Department. “The Urban Design Awards program continues to celebrate the past and present contributions of designers, developers and Charlotteans in creating vibrant, people-centered places.”