A crowning achievement for the City of Savannah, the Ellis Square Redevelopment project is a prime example of an urban Environmental Renovation & Enhancement project through the re-establishment of the original 1733 design intentions of James Oglethorpe by constructing a green public open space area.  However, the new Ellis Square is anything but a recreation of its past, it is a high quality, versatile & sophisticated pedestrian plaza, designed and constructed with functional state of the art features to include a stainless steel and glass welcome center.  The project successfully achieved LEED Gold status.

Historic Savannah Foundation, a leading preservation organization committed to protecting Savannah’s heritage, has officially announced the winners of the 2011 Preservation Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations demonstrating excellence in historic preservation.  Historic Savannah Foundation Preservation Awards recognize outstanding local projects completed within the last three years.  These juried awards are judged for the success they have achieved in the preservation, rehabilitation, restoration and interpretation of architectural and cultural heritage.  The general evaluation criteria include quality, degree of difficulty and the ultimate positive impact the project has on the surrounding community.

“These awards are very competitive and recognize the gold standard of preservation work”, said Daniel Carey, President and CEO of Historic Savannah Foundation.  “They also offer an opportunity to inform the public about what to emulate.  We put forth these winners as examples to follow so that other projects aspire to this high standard”.

On May 5, 2011, Dabbs Williams General Contractors received the 2011 Historic Savannah Foundation Preservation Award for the Ellis Square Redevelopment Project.


Award Winning Development Team –

Ellis Square Redevelopment (New Construction)

City of Savannah Leisure Services Bureau

Lominack Kolman Smith Architects

Dabbs-Williams General Contractors, LLC

ECOM Design & Planning