The Oliver School Apartments have been named a finalist for a national award recognizing outstanding rehabilitation of historic buildings primarily using state or federal historic rehabiliation tax credits.
The Washington, D.C.-based National Housing and Rehabilitation Association announced in a news release that the complex was one of 18 finalists for the 2011 J. Timothy Anderson Awards for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation, or the “Timmy Awards.”
The Winchester complex consists of 11 units that were renovated from a one-time school into affordable housing and a community gym in 2009 by AU Associates, a developer in Lexington. The complex is the lone finalist in its category for projects costing $5 million and below in development costs.
Scoring is based on several criteria, including overall design and quality, innovative approach to construction and use of building materials, and sustainability, according to the news release. A panel of judges, with expertise in areas including architecture, real estate development and public policy, selected the finalists.
“You can’t help but be awestruck by the high level of creativity going into re-thinking these historic structures throughout our country,” said Thom Amdur, executive director of the NHRA. “This year’s Timmy nominees demonstrate the value of merging our historic past with the present resulting in something unique and special.”
AU Associates will receive the award at a ceremony Nov. 15 in Boston.
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