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PGMS Announces 2015 Green Star Award Winners
29 Programs Honored

The Professional Grounds Management Society, an organization for grounds professionals, announced the winners of the 43rd annual Green Star Awards Competition at the School of Grounds Management in Louisville, Ky.

At the 2015 School of Grounds Management in October, held in conjunction with GIE+Expo in Louisville, Ky., the Professional Grounds Management Society announced the winners of the Green Star Awards Competition. The Green Star competition brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence, and complements other national landscape award programs that recognize outstanding design and construction.

The 43rd annual awards honored 29 grounds management programs for excellence, presenting six Grand Awards (the highest honor), 21 Honor Awards and two Merit Awards in 10 categories. Congratulations to the winners!

Athletic Fields:
Grand Award: Columbia University, New York
Honor Award: Concordia University, Irvine, Calif.

Government Building or Complex:
Honor Award: UNC-TV Bryan Communications Center, Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Hotel, Motel or Resort:
Grand Award: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Grounds, Cherokee, N.C.

Industrial, Commercial Site or Office Park:
Grand Award: Red Diamond, Inc. Corporate Headquarters, Moody, Ala.
Honor Award: River Creek Owners Association, Leesburg, Va.

Park, Recreation Area or Playground:

Honor Award: Vines Park - Gwinnett County Parks and Rec, Lawrenceville, Ga.

School Grounds:
Merit Award: Baton Rouge Magnet High School, Baton Rouge, La.
Merit Award: The Bolles School, Jacksonville, Fla.

Small Site:
Honor Award: University of Tennessee South Campus Entry and Lake Loudon Boulevard Streetscape, Knoxville, Tenn.

University and College Grounds:
Grand Award: Penn State University - University Park, University Park, Pa.
Honor Award: Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Honor Award: Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
Honor Award: Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Miss.
Honor Award: Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg, Md.
Honor Award: Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pa.
Honor Award: Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

University and College Grounds (small):
Grand Award: Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Honor Award: Duke University East Campus, Durham, N.C.
Honor Award: Millikin University, Decatur, Ill.
Honor Award: Southern Methodist University, Dallas
Honor Award: University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, Ky.
Honor Award: Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk, Va.
Honor Award: Wabash College, Crawford, Ind.

Urban University Grounds:
Grand Awards: Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn.
Honor Award: Auburn University, Montgomery, Ala.
Honor Award: New York University, New York, N.Y.
Honor Award: Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Ga.
Honor Award: University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.

More information on the winners as well as photographs of each site can be found at

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