Portland, ME Every spring, MEREDA recognizes the most noteworthy and significant Maine commercial development projects from the previous year, all of which embody the association's mission to support responsible development.
In keeping with tradition, MEREDA's board intended to honor the award recipients at the 35th anniversary gala. Originally scheduled for the end of March 2020, the gala was postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. Though they may have their formal award delayed, these projects have only gained practical significance as they serve their communities--especially under additional strain and stress of these unprecedented times.
In 2019, these seven projects distinguished themselves in design, construction, land-use, and added benefit to their communities.
Hannaford Center, Good Shepherd Food Bank (Hampden) which renovated the former Bangor Daily News printing press building, allowing the Food Bank to purchase and distribute more food, more frequently and efficiently to northern, central, and Downeast Maine.
Cape Arundel Cottage Preserve, Arundel-Kennebunkport Cottage Preserve LLC (Arundel) for creating an overwhelming sense of place and cohesive design on a 300-acre project, using sustainable practices and natural landscapes.
62 Spring St., Auburn Housing & Anew Development (Auburn), for its diversity and vibrancy, epitomizing the "Smart Growth" concept which successfully connects the dots between affordable housing, city walkability, economic energy, and downtown growth.
Founders Place Campus, Bangor Savings Bank and CJ Developers (Bangor), for the creative and extensive implementation of environmental systems and capacity to spur talented business growth to Bangor.
Southgate Avesta Housing (Scarborough), for the preservation and creative renovation of a 215 year-old farmhouse as a vibrant community of 38 safe, quality, and affordable homes through the incredible support of partners and donors.
Station Sq., Great Falls Construction (Gorham), for the thoughtful and intentional preservation of Gorham's historic identity as a railroad village, with equal emphasis on the community invitation to work, live, and play while employing Mainers.
WEX global corporate headquarters, Jonathan S. Cohen & 0 Hancock Street LLC (Portland), for a statement of responsible development, innovation, and modernity, using lean construction principles kept work flowing and the project on track, and continuously emphasizing sustainability and energy efficiency.
MEREDA thanks its membership for their continued commitment to responsible development in Maine, and looks forward to formally and tangibly recognizing these Notable Projects when it is safe to do so.