Laurie Limbacher was elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects at its annual convention in Chicago. The investiture ceremony was held in Chicago Auditorium, a part of the historic Auditorium Building. Fellowship is bestowed by the American Institute of Architects on AIA-member architects who have made outstanding contributions to the profession through design excellence, contributions in the field of architectural education, or to the advancement of the profession. The 2014 Jury of Fellows elevated 139 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows. Out of a total AIA membership of over 80,000 there are over 3,000 members distinguished with this honor.
The Boardwalk on Lady Bird Lake opened to the public with a Grand Opening ceremony attended by the Mayor, three City Council members and over three hundred members of the public. The Boardwalk creates a new 1.3-mile route in the heart of Austin on its most popular and recognized recreation area, running on dry land, across open water, through a woodland corridor and across wetlands. The $28 million project captures magnificent views of the skyline and it encounters undisturbed natural scenery along secluded limestone bluffs. Limbacher & Godfrey Architects served as lead architect for the six-year design and construction process.
Limbacher & Godfrey served as Historic Resources Consultant for the Downtown Austin Plan. With this Plan, “At its Bicentennial in 2039, Downtown will be at the heart of one of the most sustainable cities in the nation. . . . .with a beloved fabric of historic places, buildings and landscapes that celebrate the unique journey Austin has taken over the past 200 years.” The planning process began in 2005 with a Council resolution.
Limbacher & Godfrey’s Master Plan for Barton Springs Pool was accepted by the Austin City Council by unanimous vote. The goal of the plan is to, “return the site to its rightful glory, where the water was cleaner and the experience of the pool was more enjoyable.” The 22-acre site had nearly a million visitors during the 2006-2007 swimming season.