August 10, 1999

The Architectural Access Board awarded commendations for the design and construction of four public facilities which provide access to persons with disabilities. The awards were the first in four years of competition in which all honors were for public facilities.

In a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House, Secretary of Public Safety James P. Jajuga and AAB Executive Director Deborah Ryan commended the work of the following:

  • Amherst Town Hall, Amherst, winner of the William D. Smith Award for Access and Historic Preservation.
  • Battle Road Trail, Minute Man National Historical Park, National Parks Service, located in Lexington, Concord and Lincoln, winner of an Honor Award.
  • Brookline Housing Authority, Accessible Family Housing, Egmont and High Streets, Brookline, Honorable Mention.
  • Hingham Town Hall, Hingham, Honorable Mention.

The Amherst Town Hall project commendation honored Architect William H. Rowe & Associates, the Town of Amherst and RAC Builders Inc. for the integration of accessibility at the entrance which preserved the character of the building and retained the formal quality of the entrance. The William D. Smith Award is named in memory of the late advocate for historic preservation, who traveled the state in support of his dedication to this worthy cause.

The Battle Road Trail commendation honored Architect Carol R. Johnson Associates, Inc., the National Parks Service and Contractor Bargmann Hendire & Archetype for the integration of accessibility with the historical nature of the site, using a "gentle hand." The Battle Road Trail passes through Lexington, Lincoln and Concord.

The Brookline Housing Authority commendation honored Architect Buck, Smith, & McAvoy Architects, Inc., the Authority and Casby Brothers Contractors in an Honorable Mention for devising an improvement to the appearance, image and impact of existing buildings through accessible architecture at Egmont and High Street structures.

The Hingham Town Hall commendation honored Architect Allen M. Lieb Architects Inc., the Town of Hingham and Contractor J.K. Scanlan Co. Inc. with an Honorable Mention for the integration of accessibility at the front entrance which preserves the character of the building while contributing to the formal entrance quality.

The winning entries were selected by a diverse panel made up of a past winner, an architect, and staff of the Architectural Access Board. The Architectural Access Board sets and enforces regulations for accessibility in public and private buildings and facilities.