Golden Triangle Announces Winners of Golden Streets Competition

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Flower Box Landscaping Contest Beautifies Business Improvement District with Friendly Competition Among Participating Office Properties in Golden Triangle

Washington, D.C. (June 28, 2017)The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) is pleased to announce the 2017 winners of its annual Golden Streets contest, a friendly competition among participating commercial properties within the 43-square-block central business district, stretching from the White House to Dupont Circle. Nineteen participating buildings created landscaping displays around the theme ‘Hot, Hot, Hot” in tree and flower boxes along sidewalks in front of their buildings.

Winners were determined by a panel of expert judges who walked the streets of the Golden Triangle to determine awards for displays that exhibit the Best in Design and Best in Sustainability. As determined by the judges, the 2017 Golden Streets award winners are:

  • Best in Design: 1900 K Street, NW – “Oasis in the Concrete Jungle,” which featured tropical, lush and vibrant plants and flowers, as an intended escape from the summer heat” of the city. The property is owned by TH Real Estate, an affiliate of asset manager Nuveen (the investment management arm of TIAA) and managed by Hines, a Houston, Texas-based global real estate firm with the landscaping done by Chapel Valley Landscape Company.
  • Best in Sustainability: 1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW – “Flight of the Bumblebees.” Judges noted the project’s good use of plants that are most likely to thrive in the D.C. climate, while also requiring less water and plant turnover for maintenance. The property is owned and managed by Washington, D.C.-based Blake Real Estate and the landscaping is done by Rolling Greens.

This year’s judges included both amateur garden aficionados and professionals in the gardening, landscaping and design field:

  • Chuck Bell, NBC4 Meteorologist
  • Alex Dencker, Smithsonian Institution
  • James Gagliardi, Smithsonian Institution
  • Kathryn Jentz, Washington Gardener Magazine
  • Luis Marmol, Dumbarton Oaks

“One of the things that makes the Golden Triangle so distinctive is that, together with our property owners, we always strive to ensure that our urban landscape is clean, safe and attractive,” said Leona Agouridis, executive director of the Golden Triangle BID. “Our neighborhood truly prides itself on being the ‘gold standard’ and Golden Streets is a fun, but important way to beautify the environment for the thousands of workers and visitors who walk and drive along our streets each day.”

The complete list of participating building entries and project titles for this year included:

  • 1. 1120 Connecticut Avenue – “Good Vibrations II”
  • 2. 1150 Connecticut Avenue – “Good Vibrations I”
  • 3. 1211 Connecticut Avenue – “Tropical Paradise”
  • 4. 1250 Connecticut Avenue – “Ring of Fire”
  • 5. 1145 17th Street – “Blazing Hot”
  • 6. 1025 Connecticut Avenue – “Flight of the Bumblebees”
  • 7. 900 17th Street – “Like a Heat Wave”
  • 8. 800 17th Street – “Red Hot Chili Peppers”
  • 9. 1750 H Street – “Wonders of Nature”
  • 10. 1776 Eye Street – “Tickled Pink”
  • 11. 1899 Pennsylvania Avenue – “1899 Penn Fierce Inferno Desire”
  • 12. 1900 K Street – “Oasis in the Concrete Jungle”
  • 13. 2055 L Street – “Fire and Rain”
  • 14. 1901 L Street – “Feverishly Fantastic”
  • 15. 1140 19th Street – “Hawaiian Sunrise”
  • 16. 1146 19th Street – “The Heat is On”
  • 17. 1900 M Street – “Sunburst”
  • 18. 1150 18th Street – “Fanciful Spring”
  • 19. 1801 K Street – “Some Like it Hot”

To engage the broader community in the program, the Golden Triangle created a “Great Pineapple Hunt,” inviting area workers, residents and visitors to explore the Golden Streets in search of a hidden pineapple sign. Each day over a two-week span, two pineapple signs have been hidden in a different Golden Streets flower box. Those who find the pineapple signs and submitt selfies with them on social media have been entered into a drawing to win $50 gift cards to local merchant stores or restaurants. More information about the 2017 Golden Streets contest can be found at https://goldentriangledc.com/golden-streets-2017/.

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