LONDON (October 23, 2014) — Thirteen real estate developments from around the globe, including four in Europe, six in North America, and three in Asia, have been selected as winners in the 2014 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence competition, widely recognised as the land use industry’s most prestigious recognition program. The projects were honoured during a ceremony at the ULI Fall Meeting in New York City.
The competition, now in its 36th year, recognises real estate projects that achieve a high standard of excellence in design, construction, economics, planning, and management. The programme, open to all and 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.
According to jury chair M. Leanne Lachman, president of real estate consulting firm Lachman Associates in New York, N.Y., this year’s finalists and winners all “demonstrate high-quality, innovative land use and building design. In addition, many involve historic preservation, public-private partnerships, environmental sustainability, and creative financing. This group of diverse projects is a timely reminder of how thoughtful design plays a central role in community health and longevity,” Lachman added.
The winners (developers and architects in brackets) are:
- 300 East Randolph, Chicago, IL, USA (Developer: Walsh Higgins & Company; Designer: Goettsch Partners) – A two-phased, vertically expanded office tower located in the city’s East Loop district.
- Cedar Gateway Apartments, San Diego, CA, USA (Developer: ROEM Development Corporation and Squier Properties, LLC; Designer: Silber Architects) – An environmentally friendly, multifamily apartment complex constructed in contemporary design to complement adjacent downtown buildings.
- Corvin Promenade, Budapest, Hungary (Developer: Futureal Group; Designer: Futureal Group, Rév8, et al) – Regeneration project in the heart of Budapest, creating a civic center for the city’s 8th district.
- GLP Misato III, Misato City, Japan (Developer: Global Logistic Properties; Designer: Global Logistic Properties, et al) – A state of the art, environmentally conscious logistic facility that aims for both business efficiency and environmental awareness.
- Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse, Long Beach, CA, USA (Developer: Long Beach Judicial Partners LLC/Meridiam Infrastructure; Designer: AECOM) – An environmentally friendly, public building delivered through an innovative public-private partnership.
- Mercado do Bom Sucesso, Porto, Portugal (Developer: Urban Market Company et al; Designer: Ferreira de Almeida, Arquitectos LDA) – A renovated mixed-use, public building that incorporates its original function as a fresh good market with retail, hotels, and commercial space.
- Sixty London, London, UK (Developer: Bath House Development Limited; Designer: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates) – Commercial office space that incorporates one of the area’s historic stone gatehouses.
- SteelStacks Art and Cultural Campus, Bethlehem, PA, USA (Developer: Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority; Designers: Wallace Roberts Todd (WRT) , et al) – A renovated public arts focused campus that incorporates the city’s old steel works.
- Tamar Development Project, Hong Kong, China (Developer: Chief Secretary for Administration’s Office, HKSAR Government; Designer: Rocco Design Architects Ltd.) – An intricate complex facility that incorporates various government buildings along the city’s water front and harbor.
- The Brewery Blocks, Portland, OR, USA (Developer: Gerding Edlen; Designer: GBD Architects Incorporated) – A sustainable mixed-use urban community that renovated and created a neighborhood in a deteriorating warehouse district.
- The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA, USA (Developer: Wilson Meany; Designer: EHDD Architecture) – An environmentally friendly development project on a historical site that now houses an internationally renowned museum of science.
- Tjuvholmen, Oslo Norway (Developer: Tjuvholmen KS/AS; Designer: Niels Torp Arkitekter Mnal, et al) – A new development project that renovates and recovers the city’s waterfront.
- Zuellig Building, Makati City, Philippines (Developer: Bridgebury Realty Corporation; Designer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, et al) – A sustainable, office development designed as rental property for multi-tenant use.
The competition is part of the Institute’s Awards for Excellence program, established in 1979, which is based on ULI’s guiding principle that the achievement of excellence in land use practice should be recognized and rewarded. ULI’s Awards for Excellence recognize 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 recognized for their excellence, including office, residential, recreational, urban/mixed-use, industrial/office park, commercial/retail, new community, rehabilitation, and public projects and programmes.
In addition to jury chairman Lachman, other 2014 awards jury members are: Glenn Aaronson, managing partner, Aevitas Property Partners; chairman, Forum Turkey Fund, Amsterdam, Netherlands; William Bonstra, partner, Bonstra Haresign Architects, Washington, D.C.; Terrall Budge, principal and owner, Loci, Salt Lake City, Utah; Michael Covarrubias, chairman and chief executive officer, TMG Partners, San Francisco, Calif.; David Dixon, urban design leader, Stantec Consulting, Ltd., Boston, Mass.; Dr. Sujata S. Govada, managing director, UDP International, Hyderabad, India; Jason Hellendrung, principal, Sasaki Associates, Watertown, Mass.; Jeff Kingsbury, managing principal, Greenstreet Ltd., Indianapolis, Ind.; Jacinta McCann, executive vice president, AECOM, San Francisco, Calif.; Steve Navarro, executive vice president, President and CEO, the Furman Co, Greenville, S.C.; and Trini M. Rodriguez, principal, Parker Rodriguez, Inc., Alexandria, Va.
NOTE TO REPORTERS AND EDITORS: Courtesy images of the finalists are provided by ULI for use by legitimate members of the press and media only. High resolution photos of the 2014 ULI Awards for Excellence winners are now available for download. For more information about the history of the ULI Global Awards for Excellence program and previous winners, visit the Global Awards for Excellence competition page.
About the Urban Land Institute The Urban Land Institute (www.uli.org) is a global nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more than 32,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.