Heery's work on the Center for Puppetry Arts was also recognized at the CMAA South Atlantic Chapter 2016 Annual Gala! The project won an Honor Award for Private Building New Construction under the less than $10 Million category and an Honor Award for Private Building New Construction under the less than $10 Million category under the Program Management category.
The Center for Puppetry Arts was founded by Vincent Anthony in 1978 in its present location. It is the largest American organization solely dedicated to the art of puppet theater. Since its inception, the Center has worked to serve the diverse populations of Atlanta, the state of Georgia, and the country at large and reaches the community through its focus on core programming: performance, museum and education. The Center’s collection includes more than 2,000 puppets and 1,000 posters of historical and cultural significance from around the world.