The Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce named HOLT Architects’ the “Distinguished Business of the Year” at its Annual Meeting and Celebration held virtually on September 10, 2020.
2019 marked a year of achievements for HOLT Architects – not only was it their 57th year in business, but also their most successful. To HOLT Architects, a mainstay of the Tompkins County community since its founding in 1963, being successful means being able to invest in its people, give back to the community, help clients realize their dreams, and create a lasting and positive impact. Watch the HOLT team discuss this in the video below:
HOLT’s President Paul Levesque on winning the chamber award: “This is a great honor. We have a fantastic Chamber and so, to receive this award from them is a really big deal to us. There are a lot of very talented, creative, and interesting businesses in Tompkins County, and for us to rise to the top makes us very proud.”
From the CNY Business Journal: In honoring HOLT with the award, The Tompkins Chamber states HOLT’s “perennial push of the design envelope and abundant expertise” has brought 78 design awards, a net-zero building, and 12 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified projects to Ithaca, helping to “pave the way for the high caliber of buildings” designed in Tompkins County.
“One of the reasons being recognized by the Chamber is so important to us is that it shows that we’ve had a really positive impact locally in our community…We could design a beautiful piece of architecture, and it’s possible that it wouldn’t have an amazing impact on our community. But we try to create architecture that does both, that create a beautiful environment and also improves the living or working environment for the people that occupy it,” said HOLT Principal Steve Hugo.
HOLT Architects won the Distinguished Business of the Year Award and a few employees had a viewing party to watch the ceremony. The team even went Facebook live for it!
Other award winners are Elizabeth Classen Ambrose, founder of Bridges Cornell Heights for Entrepreneur of the Year, the Child Development Council for the Not-for-Profit of the Year, and Cornell University’s Gary Stewart for Key Person of the Year. Congratulations to all!!