Citadel of Hope building with murals

Photo by Taylor Dabney

Groundbreakers, the Better Housing Coalition’s annual signature event, returned after celebrating our 25th Anniversary last year with TransformRVA. This year’s event took place on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, on the grounds of BHC’s newest work-in-progress, the Citadel of Hope on Venable Street in Union Hill. The event honored leaders in the community who have had a profound, positive impact on people and the community. We also recognized excellence in neighborhood revitalization and historic preservation in Central Virginia with BHC’s Golden Hammer Awards. All proceeds from the event will support BHC’s mission of changing lives and transforming communities through high-quality, affordable housing.

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BHC’s Mural Project

Volunteers helped BHC beautify the Citadel of Hope Building by participating in our large-scale mural painting project on Saturday, April 16th. BHC partnered with Art on Wheels, The Muralistas (artists/designers) and HandsOn Greater Richmond to offer this opportunity to the community.

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Groundbreakers 2016 featuring the Golden Hammer Awards

With Emcee Lisa Schaffner

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
5:30 – 9 p.m.
Citadel of Hope
2230 Venable Street
Union Hill
Richmond, VA 23223

The Evening

Arrivals & Refreshments: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Golden Hammer and Groundbreaker Awards ceremony:
6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
After Party: 7:15 – 9 p.m.

The Nominees

Groundbreaker Awards recognized those whose leadership and vision positively transform communities in Central Virginia.

The 2016 honorees are:

Golden Hammer Awards celebrate contributions to thoughtful revitalization of Greater Richmond’s neighborhoods. With the help of our panel of expert judges, BHC recognized the best in Richmond-area renovation, revitalization and placemaking projects in the following categories:

  • Best Single-Family Residential Renovation
    • 2305 Venable Street (Golden Hammer and People’s Choice winner)
    • Honor’s Corner, 3200 Floyd Avenue (Honorable Mention)
  • Best Adaptive Reuse Project
    • 2025 Venable Street (Golden Hammer and People’s Choice winner)
  • Best New Construction
    • Jackson Ward Row House, 20 West Leigh Street (Golden Hammer)
    • Infill Office & Apartments, 417 N. 22nd Street (People’s Choice)
  • Best Placemaking Project
    • 21st Street Pedestrian Bridge Park (Golden Hammer and People’s Choice winner)

2016 Groundbreakers Sponsors

BHC is grateful for the support of our event sponsors.

Chief Architect

Innovation Engineer

Lumber Liquidators logo

Community Planner

BB&T color

Bon Secours Logo rt


JD Lewis Construction logo


Neighborhood Builder

VCDC logoWells Fargo logo

Special thanks to our scholarship sponsor:

VHDA logo


Richard & Maggi Beckstoffer

Hirschler Fleischer

Catina Wright, Icon Realty Group

National Equity Fund, Inc.

Park Sterling Bank

Richmond Association of Realtors

Shamin Hotels

SunTrust Mortgage

Timmons Group

Walter Parks Architects