2023 Montgomery Award Recipients

Congratulations to our 2023 Montgomery Award winners! Five outstanding projects and an exceptional planning and design advocate received 2023 Montgomery Awards. These awards recognize the best in planning and design in Montgomery County and acknowledge the high quality of work and commitment of communities, organizations, and professionals in contributing to these exceptional projects. Since the Montgomery Awards program was initiated in 1967, a total of 238 awards have been presented throughout Montgomery County.


The Reserve at Maybrook
Lower Merion Township

The Reserve at Maybrook, an exemplary preservation project, receives a 2023 Montgomery Award for zoning innovation and planning process, historic preservation, and site-sensitive design. This successful infill transit-oriented mixed-use development, which involved a lengthy community planning process, resulted in the preservation of an historic mansion and other valuable historic resources set within over 20 acres of protected open space.


Conshohocken Borough

SORA West, an ambitious mixed-use development, receives a 2023 Montgomery Award for context-sensitive site design, adaptive reuse, and community impact. Anchored by a state-of-the-art LEED Silver certified global headquarters office building, the project, which created a new hotel, public square with community gathering space, and streetscape improvements and restored and creatively reused a historic firehouse, will serve as a borough destination for years to come.


PV Woods – Lenape Arboretum and Muhlenberg Woods
Perkiomen and Lower Frederick Townships

PV Woods, comprised of the Lenape Arboretum and Muhlenberg Woods, receives a 2023 Montgomery Award for outstanding initiatives in environmental outdoor education, conservation and stewardship of open space, and cultural heritage and community connections. The project, implemented largely by student volunteers, creates a greater awareness and knowledge of environmental stewardship and of the cultural heritage of the Lenape native peoples.


Philip A. Smith
Planning Advocate Award

Philip A. Smith, an open space, trails, and historic preservation advocate, receives a 2023 Planning Advocate Award for his 

lifelong dedication to open space preservation through civic leadership and personal generosity. Through his holistic approach to project planning, commitment to his community, exceptional collaboration skills, and extreme perseverance, he has advanced open space, historic preservation, and trail development in western Montgomery County.


Park to Perkiomen Trail Connector
Upper Salford Township

The Park to Perkiomen Trail Connector, an essential part of the township’s multiuse pathway network, receives a 2023 Montgomery Award for the execution of a sustained vision for open space and natural resource preservation, site-sensitive trail design and construction, and community and agency partnerships collaboration. This project connected a popular township park with a recreational destination and the Perkiomen Trail, while preserving 42 acres of high conservation value woodlands.


Jacob Reiff Park Stream & Floodplain Restoration
Lower Salford Township

The Jacob Reiff Park Stream & Floodplain Restoration project receives a 2023 Environmental Stewardship Award for its extensive stream and floodplain restoration efforts along the west branch of Skippack Creek. This project, involving strong interagency partnerships, volunteer efforts, and forward-thinking design elements, has resulted in a healthier ecosystem, improved flood attenuation and stormwater management in the floodplain corridor, and a unique natural destination for the community to enjoy.