The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Central PA chapter has recognized the Hershey Towne Square Project and its architects, TONO Group, with a Design Award. View the full AIA presentation here.
Among the comments about the project provided by the Jury, which was the Boston Society of Architects, are: “Hershey Towne Square has transformed a derelict vacant property into a place for people. Through a limited palette of materials, syntax, and a unifying “ribbon” that references the nearby Hersheypark roller coaster ride, this urban redevelopment offers a singular design expression with variation and rhythm, avoiding the trap of pastiche and compositional collage. With their commitment to public open space, the architects behind Hershey Towne Square invested just as much thought and care to quality of place between retail establishments as they did to the structures themselves. Hershey Towne Square has fulfilled its promise to serve as both a destination and connective tissue for downtown Hershey.”
Edric Fetter, a representative from the site’s developer, RVG Management & Development Co., added his thoughts: “We’re excited that the TONO Group has been honored with this prestigious award. Kyle Solyak’s design was instrumental in making Hershey Towne Square a success, transforming downtown Hershey into a pedestrian-friendly shopping and dining destination. We knew that this project could be special and TONO helped bring that to reality.”
Kyle Solyak was a TONO Group architect on the project. “As an architect, we always strive to have our projects make an impact on those that inhabit the spaces we create,” Solyak said, “Hershey Towne Square was one of those projects that did exactly that. From the beginning, our interest in the project, and the design, stemmed around creating a space that was uniquely individual while maintaining a connection to the existing surroundings…Having been to Hershey several times since its completion, I have been able to witness firsthand how the goals for the project were successful, bringing more pedestrian activity to all of downtown Hershey. It’s not every day that a project of this magnitude has the ability to have such a positive impact on an entire community. Being a part of that reminds me of the impact the built environment has on our everyday lives and how good design is a catalyst for activity.”
Congratulations to TONO Group on this award!