PRESS RELEASE: Bennett Benner Partners Earns Two Awards for Positive Community Impact

Friday, November 29, 2013

Rogers Road Pavilion, now known as The Woodshed Smokehouse wins a Top 10 Award and Tarrant County College Trinity River East Campus (TREC) wins Top Award.

BBP Architects + Planners picked up honors for teamwork and positive community impact of two different projects.

Though the TREC and Rogers Road Pavilion vary greatly in size and purpose, both had an opportunity to enhance the community through their sites along the Trinity River and both have been instrumental in activating those riverfront sites at a time when the river is beginning a renaissance that will culminate with Trinity Uptown.

BBP teamed with Bing Thom Architects of Vancouver to design the TREC consisting of five new sleek and modern buildings on the North side of Downtown Fort Worth with a plaza and waterfall that begins as a river at street level and terminates as a waterfall on the bluffs. 

Acting as a gateway from Downtown to the River and the Trinity Trails System, the plaza was designed to welcome visitors from Downtown into the Campus while also providing a place for students, faculty and staff to reflect and relax.

Rogers Road Pavilion, the site of renowned restaurateur Tim Love, was one of 10 projects to win a Top 10 award. The compound of buildings along the banks of the Trinity River near University Drive, centers on a casual outdoor dining courtyard —and opens onto the river and connects with the Trinity River Trail system. 

“The design team focused on enhancing access to the river, improving recreational opportunities along the Trinity and on public awareness of water-quality issues,” Bennett said. “Rogers Road Pavilion was recognized for its ability to show how sustainable development can occur in a natural environment and at the same time take advantage of the amenities the Trinity River offers,” Bennett said.

“The site for the Rogers Road Pavilion was really just a small, triangular piece of underutilized property, and now it offers an idyllic setting to enjoy the serenity along the banks of the Trinity River in the midst of a bustling hub of shopping and dining,” said Michael Bennett, the project’s architect and  CEO of BBP. The pavilion received an Honor Award from the Fort Worth Chapter of The American Institute of Architects in 2011. 

Topping Out is an annual fundraising event among development, architecture and construction firms in Dallas-Fort Worth. Topping Out Awards honor excellence for projects that have a positive impact on their communities and reflect “the collective accomplishments of the entire team responsible for a project’s success,” according to the organization.

About Bennett Benner Partners
Bennett Benner Partners is a multi-disciplinary design firm, offering architecture, urban design and planning, interior design and landscape architecture services. The firm’s objective is to create projects that improve communities and heighten the capabilities and brand value of its clients while making a positive difference in the environment. With the personal attention of its leaders, the firm applies keen insight, problem-solving skills and a collaborative approach to complex situations. The firm’s team members work to understand the fabric of the communities in which they work and to thoughtfully design in concert with their clients. Bennett Benner Partners is based in Fort Worth, Texas, and on the Web at