Urban Land Institute 2015 Global Awards for Excellence Finalists Announced

Winners to be Honoured October 5-8 at ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco

WASHINGTON (June 17, 2015) — Twenty-two real estate developments have been selected as finalists in the 2015 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence competition, widely recognized as one of the land use industry’s most prestigious award programmes.  This year’s finalists represent developments from around the globe, including six in Asia, five in Europe, and 11 in North America.

Award finalists advance to the final stage of the competition, with a group of winners to be announced in October at the ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco. The winning projects will be selected from an international jury of ULI members representing a multidisciplinary collection of real estate development expertise, including finance, land planning, development, public affairs, design, and other professional services.

“This year’s finalists were selected from an impressive group of international submissions that have each added value to their larger community,” said jury chair Michael Covarrubias, chairman and chief executive officer of TMG Partners in San Francisco, California.  “This diverse group of projects illustrates how the intersection of financial feasibility, design, and a vision for comprehensive development define essential qualities of life in the neighbourhoods and areas they serve.”

The finalists (developers and designers in brackets) are:

  • 12th Avenue Arts, Seattle, Washington, United States (Developer: Capitol Hill Housing; Designer: SMR Architects)
  • 41 Bond, New York, New York, United States (Developer/Designer: DDG)
  • Beaugrenelle, Paris, Ile de France, France (Developer: APSYS; Designer: Valode & Pistre Architects)
  • City Market at O, Washington DC, United States (Developer: Roadside Development; Designer: Shalom Baranes Associates, Cecconi Simone, Perkins Eastman, and JCA Architects)
  • Denver Union Station, Denver, Colorado, United States (Developer: Union Station Neighborhood Company; Designer: AECOM,  Skidmore, Owings & Merrill,  and Hargreaves Associates)
  • Devon Energy Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States (Developer: Devon World Headquarters LLC; Designer: Pickard Chilton)
  • Global Trade Square, Hong Kong, China (Developer: Henderson Land Development Co. Ltd. and Hip Shing Hong Company Limited; Designer: Lu Tang Lai Architect Limited)
  • Jing An Kerry Centre, Puxi District, Shanghai, China (Developer: Kerry Properties; Designer: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates)
  • King’s Cross Station, London, United Kingdom (Developer: Network Rail; Designers: McAslan & Partners)
  • Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC), Shanghai, China (Developer: Shui On Land; Designer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP)
  • Monroe Street Market, Washington DC, United States (Developer: Bozzuto Development Company; Designer: Torti Gallas and Maurice Walters)
  • One Workplace Conversion, Santa Clara, California, United States (Developer: Prologis Inc.; Designer: Design Blitz)
  • Plaza Singapura, Singapore (Developer: CapitaMall Trust; Designer: Benoy, RSP, MERO)
  • Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China (Developer:  Swire Properties & Sino-Ocean Land; Designer: The Oval partnership Ltd)
  • Sofia Lofts, San Diego, California, United States (Developer: Nakhshab Development & Design, Inc., Designer: Soheil Nakhshab)
  • Joseph’s Campus, Oakland, California, United States (Developer: BRIDGE Housing Corporation; Designer: Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP)
  • Storrs Center, Storrs, Connecticut, United States (Developer: LeylandAlliance LLC; Designer: Newman Architects PC)
  • Swedbank Headquarters, Sundbyberg, Stockholm, Sweden (Developer: Humlegården Fastigheter AB; Designer: 3XN)
  • The Boucicaut Eco-Neighborhood, Paris, Ile-de-France, France (Developer: Crédit Agricole Immobilier / Pitch Promotion and Nexity; Designer: AUA Paul Chemetov, Jean-François Schmit Architectes, et al.)
  • The Breeze BSD City, Tangerang City, Banten Province, Indonesia (Developer: PT Bumi Serpong Damai Tbk. – member of Sinarmas Land- ; Designer: JERDE   &   Arcadia)
  • Transforming a Neighbourhood, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom (Developer: Grosvenor; Designer: Latitude, ESA, HOK, and Flanegan Lawrence)
  • Vera Haile Senior Housing/St Anthony’s Dining Room, San Francisco, California, United States (Developer: Mercy Housing California & St. Anthony Foundation; Designer: HKIT Architects)

The competition, established in 1979, recognises real estate projects that achieve a high standard of excellence in design, construction, economics, planning and management.  The programme, open to the entire industry (not just to ULI members), is viewed as the centrepiece of ULI’s efforts to identify and promote best practices in all types of real estate development.

The competition is part of the Institute’s Awards for Excellence program, which is based on ULI’s guiding principle that the achievement of excellence in land use practice should be recognised and rewarded. ULI’s Awards for Excellence recognise the full development process of a project, not just its architecture or design. The criteria for the awards include leadership, contribution to the community, innovations, public/private partnerships, environmental protection and enhancement, response to societal needs, and financial viability. Throughout the programme’s history, all types of projects have been recognised for their excellence, including office, residential, recreational, urban/mixed-use, industrial/office parks, commercial/retail, new community, rehabilitation, and public projects and programmes.

In addition to jury chairman Covarrubias, other 2015 awards jury members include: jury vice chair M. Leanne Lachman, president, Lachman Associates, New York, New York; Terrall Vern Budge, principal, Loci, Salt Lake City, Utah; Dr. Sujata S. Govada, managing director, UDP International, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; Jason Hellendrung, principal, Sasaki Associates, Watertown, Massachussets; Sophie Henley-Price, managing director, STUDIOS, Paris, France; Lance K. Josal, chief executive officer, Callison RTKL; Dallas, Texas; Jeff Kingsbury, managing principal, Greenstreet Ltd., Indianapolis, Indiana; Jacinta McCann, executive vice president, AECOM, San Francisco, California; Steve Navarro, executive vice president, CBRE; Greenville, South Carolina; and Trini M. Rodriguez, principal, ParkerRodriguez, Inc., Alexandria, Virginia.

NOTE TO REPORTERS AND EDITORS: High resolution photos of the 2015 ULI Global Awards for Excellence finalists will be made available to credentialed members of the press upon request. For more information about ULI’s Awards for Excellence program and previous winners, visit the Global Awards for Excellence competition page.

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