2021 Planning and Design Award

Galveston College receives Planning and Design Award for Seibel Foundation Student Residences

The Galveston Planning Commission recently recognized the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Student Residences at Galveston College and several other notable island projects during the third annual Planning and Design Awards.

Galveston College received a Planning and Design Award in the Development category for the seven-unit student housing complex designed to resemble the historically significant shotgun homes of the island. The award was presented to the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents, Galveston College Foundation Board of Directors, Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Board of Trustees, Creole Design and Sullivan Brothers Builders.

Awardees in other categories included the following:

Beautification – “Absolute Equality” Juneteenth Mural
Environmental – Turtles About Town
Historic Preservation – Exterior Restoration of St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica
Participation – Seawall Interpretative Trail
Private Investment – ANICO Parking Garage and Skybridge
Public Investment – Fire Station #1
Redevelopment – Restoration of Star State Company No. 3 Fire Station
Inspiration Award – 1019 53rd St.

The Galveston Planning Commission initiated the Planning and Design Awards in 2019 as a way to celebrate projects that contribute to a better quality of life in the community and serve as models to learn from and emulate.

In deciding the award winners, the Planning Commission considered the impact of the project on the community, as well as its innovativeness and ability to serve as a model for other developments, among other criteria. The awards were presented during the October Galveston City Council meeting for each category.

Above: The City of Galveston Planning Commission recently presented a Planning and Design Award to Galveston College for the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Student Residences. On hand at the meeting for the presentation were (from left) Galveston College President Dr. Myles Shelton, Galveston Community College District Board of Regents Chair Karen Flowers, Regent Mary Longoria, Galveston College Foundation Chair Keith McFatridge, Sam Gianukos of Creole Design, Miguel Martinez of Sullivan Brothers Builders, Foundation Secretary Carol Hodges, Board of Regents Secretary Mike Hughes and Board of Regents Vice Chair Fred Raschke.