This award recognizes the work of an individual who has contributed to the enhancement of the physical environment of South Carolina, and has demonstrated leadership in community development and advocacy of the landscape architecture profession. The award is named after Charles Fraser for his extraordinary vision and accomplishments in the field of development. Mr. Fraser was the inaugural recipient of the award in 2004 along with Greenwood Development in 2007.
2016 Recipient: Robert (Bob) E. Hughes, Jr.
Hughes Development Corporation
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Bob Hughes is a Greenville native who has been developing real estate in this area and the southeast for over 40 years. Projects have run the gamut from single-family residential to industrial to high-rise office. Every project has been developed and planned to complement and enhance the community it serves. Recent projects have tended to involve the “master developer” role that allows the inclusion of other developers and collaborative design teams that emphasize the urban realm and the creation of outdoor spaces.
Bob started in property management and learned that serving the client well while being responsive to the community provided the best balance of success and opportunity.
Larger and more complex projects have included Poinsett Plaza, RiverPlace and ONE, all on Greenville’s award-winning Main Street, and BullStreet, the redevelopment of 181 acres in downtown Columbia, SC that is the former site of the SC State Mental Hospital. A new, 108,000 sf mixed-use office retail building now overlooks Spirit Communications Park, a $37M public-private partnership, that brought minor league baseball back to Columbia. Statewide and regional awards were received for the NEXT Innovation Center, a home for fast growing technology companies. In 2001, Bob created and oversaw the implementation of a $1B school financing and construction program permitting most schools in Greenville County to be renovated or rebuilt within 5 years without a tax increase. The financing and construction plan won much recognition and has been copied in other states.
Bob is a graduate of Duke University with a law degree from the University of South Carolina. He and his wife, Bunny, have three married children and six grandchildren. He serves on the Board of Directors and is Chairman Emeritus, for the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities, and has served on numerous other boards and foundations.