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Roanoke City Market Building to receive national award

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The renovation of the Roanoke City Market Building earns awards from a national group.

The Market Building Foundation says the American Public Works Association gave the building project regional and national awards.

The regional award will be formally announced in May, while the national award will be formally announced in August.

The market building director, Sara Guerry, says the awards showcase how unique the building is.

"I think this was such a dramatic change from what the building was before additionally the city market building coming up on 90 years is one of the few market buildings left in existence" says Guerry.

She says many other cities have torn down their market buildings and believes the Roanoke recognition will increase downtown tourism.

Full news release from the Roanoke City Martket Building Foundation:

The City Market Building in downtown Roanoke, Virginia has earned both  regional and national awards from the American Public Works Association for its recently completed $7.9 million dollar renovation. The 1922 Georgian revival market building is located at the heart of Roanoke's scenic downtown area, surrounded by railroads, mountains, and history. Protected by the city's charter, the City Market Building has had many lives over the last 90 years.

            In 2010, the City Market Building was closed to begin a renovation that would take it down to its foundation and, while preserving the facade and historical elements and bring the structure up to a modern functionality that will enhance its life for years to come. These renovations balanced the right mix of modern and historic, while improving the food court style interior dining spaces, the retail units around the outside perimeter, and the beautifully appointed event venue on the third floor. Washington D.C. architects Cuningham Quill provided the design direction while Roanoke based MB Contractors brought the designs to life. Completed in 51 weeks, the building reopened on Labor Day of 2011.

            The City of Roanoke was recently notified that, in August of this year, the American Public Works Association will give the City Market Building a national award for projects in the $5-$25 million dollar category, in addition a regional award to be given in May.

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