From over 170 entries, 17 finalists—from Thin Flats, an eight-unit green residential infil project in Philadelphia, to the Vancouver Convention Centre West, which opened for the 2010 Olympics and features a six-acre living roof—are contending for the Urban Land Insitute's 2010 Awards for Excellence: The Americas. The annual award recognizes urban developments with a focus on "leadership, contribution to the community, innovations, public/private partnership, environmental protection and enhancement, response to societal needs, and financial viability." The winners will be announced in Boston on April 16 at the ULI's Reat Estate Summit at the Spring Council Forum.
Project: Thin FlatsLocation: Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaDeveloper: Onion Flats2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "Certified LEED for Homes Platinum, Thin Flats is an eight-unit infill development in north Philadelphia that uses solar hot water heating, green roofing, and rainwater harvesting to reduce energy consumption by an estimated 50 percent."
Project: South Campus GatewayLocation: Columbus, OhioDeveloper: Campus Partners for Community Urban Redevelopment/The Druker Company2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "The product of a public-private partnership among The Ohio State University, the City of Columbus, and neighborhood stakeholders, South Campus Gateway—with extensive neighborhood retail, 88,000 square feet of office space, a cinema, and dozens of restaurants and cafes—transforms a 7.5-acre blighted site in an attempt to reconnect the university campus with an adjacent low-income neighborhood." Courtesy of The Plain Dealer.
Project: Madison at 14th ApartmentsLocation: Oakland, CaliforniaDeveloper: Affordable Housing Associates2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "The product of a complex and successful public-private financing scheme, Madison at 14th Apartments provides 79 affordable units for families and former foster youth in Oakland, California." Courtesy of Tim Griffith.
Project: The VisionaireLocation: New York, New YorkDeveloper: Albanese Organization2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "The 35-story Visionaire—combining 247 residences, an organic and local food market, and a 44,000-square-foot maintenance facility—has achieved LEED-Platinum certification through the use of geothermal wells, photovoltaic solar panels, an on-site blackwater treatment plant, and a natural gas-fired microturbine."
Project: LA LiveLocation: Los Angeles, CaliforniaDeveloper: AEG2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "The $2.5 billion LA Live is a 5-million-square-foot entertainment district in downtown Los Angeles, creating a 24-hour destination and sparking further private development in a formerly underdeveloped area of the city."
Project: Foundry SquareLocation: San Francisco, CaliforniaDeveloper: Equity Office Properties Trust/Glenborough Foundry Square2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "Foundry Square is a four-building, 1.6-million-square-foot commercial development in San Francisco’s Transbay District that revitalizes an area that historically lacked pedestrian street life and significant public open space."
Project: UNO Veterans Memorial School CampusLocation: Chicago, IllinoisDeveloper: United Neighborhood Organization2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "The LEED-Gold UNO Veterans Memorial School Campus reconfigures an abandoned warehouse into two elementary schools and a high school under a single roof, alleviating the severe overcrowding issues experienced at Archer Heights’ schools at half the cost of a traditional school."
Project: National Association of Realtors HeadquartersLocation: Washington, DCDeveloper: NAR2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "Situated on a narrow triangular site, the sleek and energy-efficient National Association of Realtors Headquarters has transformed a former brownfield on a key parcel near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC."
Project: Vancouver Convention Centre WestLocation: Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaDeveloper: BC Pavilion Corporation2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "Knitted into the urban fabric of Vancouver’s downtown core, the 1.2-million-square-foot Vancouver Convention Centre West establishes an important link the city’s park system, connecting to the existing harbor greenbelt with a major civic plaza and a six-acre living roof—one of the largest in Canada."
Project: Merrill Gardens and Cordyon ApartmentsLocation: Seattle, WashingtonDeveloper: Merrill Gardens/SRM Development2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "Establishing a model for intergenerational living, Merrill Gardens and Corydon Apartments combine 123 independent and assisted living senior apartments and 103 market-rate apartments on an underutilized site near the University of Washington."
Project: The PiersLocation: San Francisco, CaliforniaDeveloper: San Francisco Waterfront Partners2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "One of the largest surviving pier complexes in San Francisco, the meticulously rehabilitated Piers includes 66,000 square feet of office space, 18,000 square feet of premier restaurants and retail, and publicly-accessible marina and dock area."
Project: Bethel Commercial CenterLocation: Chicago, IllinoisDeveloper: Bethel New Life2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "Located in a low-income neighborhood on the west side of Chicago, Bethel Commercial Center is a mixed-use transit center equipped with retail space, employment offices, a bank, and a daycare center, allowing residents to drop off and pick up children and get to and from work, all without the use of a car."
Project: Columbia HeightsLocation: Washington, DCDeveloper: The Government of the District of Columbia2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "Arising from a city-led initiative to revitalize a neighborhood destroyed in the riots following Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, Columbia Heights features 1.2 million square feet of new development, including more than 600 housing units, 650,000 square feet of large-format and community retail, and refurbished cultural and public spaces."
Project: AndaresLocation: Guadalajara, MexicoDeveloper: Desarrolladora Mexicana de Inmuebles S.A.2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "Andares, one of the largest private investments in Mexico in 2009, is an open-air mixed-use complex that features a 197-store shopping center, nine apartment towers, two office buildings, and a luxury hotel."
Project: Sundance SquareLocation: Fort Worth, TexasDeveloper: Sundance Square Management2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "The culmination of a 25 year development process, Sundance Square is a 38-block mixed-use district in the heart of Fort Worth that has used pedestrian-friendly design to regenerate the downtown and stem suburban flight."
Project: Bethesda RowLocation: Bethesda, MarylandDeveloper: Federal Realty Investment Trust2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "Bethesda Row—a pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use district with 182 luxury apartments, a strong mix of national and local retailers and restaurants, and 187,000 square feet of office space—creates a lively downtown destination adjacent to mass transit in Bethesda, Maryland."