July 26 2019 03:51 AM

The landscape architecture firm wins ASLA Florida Award of Excellence and Frederic B. Stresau Award.

OnePULSE Foundation, Orlando, Florida, the nonprofit established by the owner of Pulse nightclub following the June 12, 2016 tragedy, today announced that Dix.Hite + Partners, Longwood, Florida, has won two awards for its design of the Pulse Interim Memorial.

The landscape architecture firm of Dix.Hite + Partners received the 2019 American Society of Landscape Architects Florida Chapter’s Award of Excellence and the Frederic B. Stresau Award for its design of the Pulse Interim Memorial, which opened to the public in May 2018. Dix.Hite + Partners worked together with onePULSE’s Memorial Task Force to create the design.

The Award of Excellence is bestowed in recognition of projects that demonstrate an inspired use of landscape architectural practices in an imaginative combination that adds to the body of the Landscape Architecture profession, and are truly exceptional, unique, innovative and go beyond achieving their defined purpose.

The Frederic B. Stresau Award is given to an Award of Excellence winner that bests exhibits absolute innovation and design excellence of the profession.

“We are proud and thrilled that Dix.Hite received these two distinguished awards for the design of the Pulse Interim Memorial,” said Vicki Berman, committee Chair, onePULSE Foundation’s Design and Construction Committee, which reviewed and approved the design. “The Interim Memorial is a place where victims’ families, survivors, first responders, the community and the world can reflect and remember what happened at Pulse.”

“To be recognized for our work on the Pulse Interim Memorial is an honor that speaks volumes about our firm’s capabilities as well as the principles we embrace,” said Kody Smith, principal, Dix.Hite + Partners. “We are humbled to play a role in the memorialization of such an important space, and we do not take for granted the far-reaching impact of this project.”

Dix.Hite + Partners was honored at the awards presentation ceremony at the 2019 ASLA Florida Annual Meeting EXPO, which was held July 11-13 at the Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Studios in Orlando.

The Pulse Interim Memorial will be open to the public while planning and design of the permanent memorial and museum – slated to open in 2022 – are underway. onePULSE plans to build the National Pulse Memorial and Museum that will include the Orlando Health Survivors Walkway on the site of the Pulse nightclub and nearby properties.

For more information about onePULSE, visit www.onepulsefoundation.org.

OnePULSE Foundation is the official 501(c)(3) nonprofit incorporated to manage the design and construction of the permanent national memorial and museum dedicated to the PULSE tragedy.

The National Pulse Memorial and Museum – scheduled to open in 2022 – will honor the 49 people who were killed there and support families, survivors, and first responders.

onePULSE’s mission is to oversee a community initiative to create and support a memorial that opens hearts, a museum that opens minds, educational programs that open eyes and endowed scholarships that open doors. Its vision is to establish a sanctuary of healing and a beacon of hope by memorializing the lives taken, the lives saved and all the lives affected by the Pulse nightclub tragedy of June 12, 2016 – ensuring Pulse’s legacy of love lives on forever.