Attendees to the Lawrenceville Golden Hammer Awards sit down for dinner prior to the awards presentation Thursday at the Gwinnett Medical Center Resource Center. (Staff Photo: Chris Stephens)
LAWRENCEVILLE — The Lawrenceville Tourism and Trade Association recognized some of its best and brightest in the community during the Golden Hammer Awards on Thursday at the Gwinnett Medical Center Resource Center.
The awards event recognized those who have invested in the community in business, education, government and nonprofits.
“We want to honor those who have taken time to invest in the community,” said city Economic Developement Director Lisa Sherman. “Many of these businesses and people have helped to revitalize our community and this is just a small way to show our appreciation.”
Six separate awards were given, including:
• Outstanding Commercial Downtown Project — Block 178, Blue Rooster, Cornerstone at NovoLogic
• Outstanding Commercial City Limit Project—Nobody’s Auto Service & Repair, Race Trac, Sherwin Williams
• Outstanding New Construction (Small Business) — Local Republic
• Outstanding New Construction (Large Organization) — Georgia Gwinnett College (Varsity Athletics Complex)
• Volunteer of the Year — Jane Miller
• Honorary Build-Up Lawrenceville Award — Craig Willis
For GGC Athletic Director Darin Wilson, the award is nice, but the credit goes to everyone who came together to build the athletic complex.
“You won’t find better facilities in all of NAIA,” Wilson said. “It’s really a showplace for collegiate athletics.”
The athletics building sits between the baseball and softball fields, and houses game suites, a training room, weight room, administration office, team meeting rooms, locker rooms and an academic resource center.
“It’s really to our benefit to have everything under one roof,” Wilson said. “We’re building facilities that are allowing us to host conference tournaments in soccer and softball, and will help us compete on a conference and national level.”
Another awardee, Willis, received nothing but praise from members of the community. He renovated multiple downtown buildings, including the Stark and Kelly buildings.
“He took those buildings to the next level,” said Linda Campbell, who volunteers in the community and is a commercial realtor in Lawrenceville. “He made those into upscale office buildings.
“He helped start the revitalization of downtown Lawrenceville in 2004 and has been a friendly cornerstone on the square.”
For Sherman, having a diverse group of individuals and businesses represented shows it’s a community effort.
“We have so many great parts of this community that keep us successful for many years to come.”