A number of organizations and individuals were recognized Wednesday for "extraordinary contributions to the enhancement of the economic, cultural, social and physical well being" of downtown Salt Lake City.
Winners of Downtown Achievement Awards from the Downtown Alliance were:
Arts -- Repertory Dance Theatre and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company were co-recipients. The dance groups were honored as two "major modern dance companies that are in residence in downtown Salt Lake City."
Urban Design -- Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency for the John W. Gallivan Utah Center, Phase II. The expansion project includes a permanent mid-block Main Street entry designed to host markets and festival events, a 160-foot fountain wall and a new Grand Staircase that provides access to the new Gallivan Plaza Drive.
Special Events -- KSL Television was honored for sponsoring the "Show Me the Title Party" gatherings. They were termed a "unique way to enliven the downtown area and bring the community together to share a common passion" about the NBA finals.
Media -- Hansen Planetarium was commended for its marketing campaign for "Where in the Universe is Carmen Sandiego?" Attendance for the show rose sharply over star shows in 1997. The show generated more sellouts in the first two months than any other show in the planetarium's history, alliance officials said.
Civic and Economic Development -- Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau was recognized for its work with the Outdoor Retailer Trade Expo. The show has provided an "economic impact of more than $100 million to the city since 1992."
Individual Achievement -- The co-recipients, brothers Bill and J. Michael Martin, who are involved in commercial real estate sales, development and management, were honored for "being the catalyst for many outstanding building and renovation projects in downtown Salt Lake City."
Special Achievement -- Cordant Technologies Inc. was chosen because it chose to locate its world corporate headquarters in downtown Salt Lake City. The firm is in the Gateway West Office Tower.
Restoration -- J&D Investments of Utah was honored for its commitment in restoring an old meat packing plant in downtown Salt Lake City. "This outstanding project attempts to maintain the physical and historical legacy of a 1910 warehouse and unifies it with the functional and aesthetic needs of an architect's office."