Montpelier Projects Win Architecture Awards Several Montpelier projects won awards this year from the Vermont chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Stonorov Workshop received a citation for “Adaptive Reuse” for their renovation of the space now occupied by Rabble-Rouser, which had been vacant for five years. Stonorov, along with 802LAB, and the Norwich University School of Architecture and Art also won a Citation Award in the education category for “Innovative Specialty Construction” with “NEST,” an outdoor classroom, play space, and science learning area built for the Montpelier Union Elementary School. A Citation Award in the commercial category was received by Wiemann Lamphere Architects for “Barr Hill Distillery.” UES Playground Earns Best Builder Award The builders of the new playground at Union Elementary School were also honored this month by the Associated General Contractors of Vermont trade group with an award for “Innovative Specialty Construction,” according to an AGC news release. Engineers Construction, Inc. installed the unique project, which required the removal of contaminated soil, stormwater treatment, landscaping, and modern playground improvements. The award was presented at AGC’s annual meeting.VCFA Appoints New President The Vermont College of Fine Arts Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Interim President Leslie Ward as permanent president. Ward will assume the role of president effective July 1, 2020, when her interim term concludes. Ward is only the second president of the Montpelier-based art college founded in 2007. “I am deeply grateful to the Board of Trustees for this honor,” said Ward. “I have always known VCFA is a special place worth investing time and energy, and I’m looking forward to leading it into its second decade.” Montpelier Parking Meters Donating to Community Fund Free two-hour holiday parking in downtown Montpelier runs through Christmas. But this year, if you choose to feed the meter anyway, you can help feed a neighbor in need. All meter receipts will go to the Montpelier Community Fund. Additionally, downtown merchants will be collecting donations via jars at the counter for the Community Fund. This year, the Community Fund gave more than $130,000 to 41 organizations doing important work in our community, such as Capstone Community Action, People’s Health & Wellness Clinic, and the Montpelier Food Pantry.