2020 & 2021 VIRTUAL Commonwealth Awards

2020-2021 Commonwealth Awards: December 15, 2021 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Rise to the Challenge | Virtual Event
Updated: 12/17/2021

The Commonwealth Awards honor projects, plans and initiatives that demonstrate smart growth, community resilience, and equity principles in action. The awards recognize individuals, businesses and organizations with the vision to find new uses for vacant and underutilized land, increase opportunities and access for all in communities on the rise, and breathe new life into older neighborhoods.

Throughout our state, developers and planners have risen to the challenge - advancing innovative initiatives and contributing to healthy, resilient, and vibrant communities for all. 

2020-2021 Award Winners

10,000 Friends is pleased to announce the Commonwealth Award winners for 2020-2021. To learn more about these incredible visionaries and projects, join us for our webinar series in 2022 and check out the featured projects in our newsletter. Congratulations to all of the award winners!



Joanne Denworth Founders Award

Center for Land Use and Sustainability 

Shippensburg, PA

Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, and Perry Counties

Shippensburg University 



Arcadia Land Company

Sadsbury Park 

Sadsbury Township, Chester County

Project Team:

Land Planner: Heuser Design

Construction: Technivate Excavating

Engineer: Bursich Associates

Landscape Architect: Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects

Sadsbury Township

Chester County Planning Commission





Community Strategies Group

LaSalle Neighborhood Revitalization 

Berwick, Columbia County

Upstreet Architects 

Charles W. Grimm Construction, Inc.




Oak Tree Development Group

The Wilbur 

Lititz, Lancaster County 

Project Team:

Land Planning: RGS Associates  

Architect: RLPS

Construction: Wohlsen

Art: Salvaging Creativity

Traffic: Traffic Planning and Design

Lighting: Alderson Engineering

Borough of Lititz




York Fresh Food Farms 

York, York County




Accelerator Building

Lancaster, Lancaster County

Historic Restoration – Commercial / Mixed Use

Henrietta Heisler Interiors Inc.  

Stuart & Associates Architects, Inc.    


Beaver Street Project

York, York County

Royal Square Development & Construction        


Bellefonte Mews

Bellefonte, Centre County

Progress Development Group LLC

UpStreet Architects, Inc.     


The BenMar Apartments

Harrisburg, Dauphin County

Developers: River & Pine LLC (an affiliate of Harristown Enterprises),  Select Capital Commercial Properties, and Donald Mowery

Architect: byDesign Consultants, inc.

Construction: Mowery


Capitol Theatre at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts

York, York County

The Appell Center for the Performing Arts


Kinsley Construction


Lacawac Sanctuary Solar Array Project

Lake Ariel, Wayne County

Lacawac Sanctuary

SEEDS of Northeastern Pennsylvania                    


Live & Work at Central and

Rose Rent Lofts

Chambersburg, Franklin County 

McKissick Properties LLC             

McKissick Associates

General Contractor: JC Orr


Maplewood Mall

Germantown, City of Philadelphia

City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce 

Philadelphia City Planning Commission

Philadelphia Water Department

City of Philadelphia Streets Department

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

Germantown United Community Development Corp.

Whitman, Requardt and Associates, LLP (WRA) 

Ground Reconsidered 

Contractor: JPC Group Inc.


McCartney Street Housing, Phase 1

Easton, Northampton County

Lafayette College

Radnor Property Group

Atkin Olshin Schade Architects


Mount Vernon Terrace

Waynesboro, Franklin County

Luminest Community Development

UpStreet Architects

Charles W. Grimm Construction, Inc.


Mulligan Center for Engineering

Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County 

King's College

Radnor Property Group

WKL Architecture

General Contractor: L.R. Costanzo          

Oxford Multi-Modal Transportation Center 

Oxford, Chester County

Borough of Oxford

Krug Architects

The Harman Group


Uptown!Knauer Performing Arts Center

West Chester, Chester County

Developer: Uptown!Entertainment Alliance (U!EA) and Uptown! Bravo Theater LLC

Homsey Architects

Bancroft Construction




City of Harrisburg Comprehensive Plan: HBG2020

Harrisburg, Dauphin County

City of Harrisburg Bureau of Planning

Office for Planning and Architecture, Inc


New Cumberland Revitalization Strategy

New Cumberland, Cumberland County

Borough of New Cumberland

Gannett Fleming, Inc.


GoShamokin Economic Revitalization Plan

Shamokin, Northumberland County


City of Shamokin

Stromberg Garrigan & Associates, Inc.    





Sponsorship Opportunities

We're grateful to our generous sponsors of the Commonwealth Awards.  Your support is critical to our mission and advocacy work at the federal, state and local levels, as well as our regional initiatives. Together, we will change policies that shape how we use our land, move around our communities, and build healthier, equitable and resilient communities for everyone.

We are now seeking sponsorships for the 2022 Commonwealth Awards to be held in Pittsburgh in late fall 2022. Please consider joining us as a Commonwealth sponsor today! Your tax-deductible gift supports the mission and programs of 10,000 Friends and helps to build vibrant resilient communities across the state. Click below for details or contact Stacie at sreidenbaugh@10000friends.org.

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Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

Silver Sponsors:


Caroline E. Boyce


Bronze Sponsors:


L. Bert Cossaboon

Steel Sponsors:





Friends of PA:















Jacqui Good


Edward LeClear


Stacie Reidenbaugh


David Thun


LaMarcus Thurman