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April 10, 2010

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 Flats<p></p>Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania<p></p>Developer: Onion Flats<p></p>2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "Certified LEED for Homes Platinum, Thin Flats is an eight-unit infill development in north Philadelp

Project: Thin Flats

 

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

Developer: Onion Flats

 

2010 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."

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Project: South Campus Gateway<p></p>Location: Columbus, Ohio<p></p>Developer: Campus Partners for Community Urban Redevelopment/The Druker Company<p></p>2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "The product of a public-private partnership a

Project: South Campus Gateway

 

Location: Columbus, Ohio

 

Developer: Campus Partners for Community Urban Redevelopment/The Druker Company

 

2010 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
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Project: Madison at 14th Apartments<p></p>Location: Oakland, California<p></p>Developer: Affordable Housing Associates<p></p>2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "The product of a complex and successful public-private financing scheme,

Project: Madison at 14th Apartments

 

Location: Oakland, California

 

Developer: Affordable Housing Associates

 

2010 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
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Project: The Visionaire<p></p>Location: New York, New York<p></p>Developer: Albanese Organization<p></p>2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "The 35-story Visionaire—combining 247 residences, an organic and local food market, and a 44,0

Project: The Visionaire

 

Location: New York, New York

 

Developer: Albanese Organization

 

2010 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."

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Project: LA Live<p></p>Location: Los Angeles, California<p></p>Developer: AEG<p></p>2010 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-

Project: LA Live

 

Location: Los Angeles, California

 

Developer: AEG

 

2010 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."

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Project: Foundry Square<p></p>Location: San Francisco, California<p></p>Developer: Equity Office Properties Trust/Glenborough Foundry Square<p></p>2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "Foundry Square is a four-building, 1.6-million-squa

Project: Foundry Square

 

Location: San Francisco, California

 

Developer: Equity Office Properties Trust/Glenborough Foundry Square

 

2010 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."

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Project: UNO Veterans Memorial School Campus<p></p>Location: Chicago, Illinois<p></p>Developer: United Neighborhood Organization<p></p>2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "The LEED-Gold UNO Veterans Memorial School Campus reconfigures

Project: UNO Veterans Memorial School Campus

 

Location: Chicago, Illinois

 

Developer: United Neighborhood Organization

 

2010 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."

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Project: National Association of Realtors Headquarters<p></p>Location: Washington, DC<p></p>Developer: NAR<p></p>2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "Situated on a narrow triangular site, the sleek and energy-efficient National Associa

Project: National Association of Realtors Headquarters

 

Location: Washington, DC

 

Developer: NAR

 

2010 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."

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Project: Vancouver Convention Centre West<p></p>Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<p></p>Developer: BC Pavilion Corporation<p></p>2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "Knitted into the urban fabric of Vancouver’s downtown cor

Project: Vancouver Convention Centre West

 

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

Developer: BC Pavilion Corporation

 

2010 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."

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Project: Merrill Gardens and Cordyon Apartments<p></p>Location: Seattle, Washington<p></p>Developer: Merrill Gardens/SRM Development<p></p>2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "Establishing a model for intergenerational living, Merrill

Project: Merrill Gardens and Cordyon Apartments

 

Location: Seattle, Washington

 

Developer: Merrill Gardens/SRM Development

 

2010 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."

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Project: The Piers<p></p>Location: San Francisco, California<p></p>Developer: San Francisco Waterfront Partners<p></p>2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "One of the largest surviving pier complexes in San Francisco, the meticulously r

Project: The Piers

 

Location: San Francisco, California

 

Developer: San Francisco Waterfront Partners

 

2010 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."

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Project: Bethel Commercial Center<p></p>Location: Chicago, Illinois<p></p>Developer: Bethel New Life<p></p>2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "Located in a low-income neighborhood on the west side of Chicago, Bethel Commercial Center

Project: Bethel Commercial Center

 

Location: Chicago, Illinois

 

Developer: Bethel New Life

 

2010 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."

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Project: Columbia Heights<p></p>Location: Washington, DC<p></p>Developer: The Government of the District of Columbia<p></p>2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "Arising from a city-led initiative to revitalize a neighborhood destroyed i

Project: Columbia Heights

 

Location: Washington, DC

 

Developer: The Government of the District of Columbia

 

2010 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."

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Project: Andares<p></p>Location: Guadalajara, Mexico<p></p>Developer: Desarrolladora Mexicana de Inmuebles S.A.<p></p>2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "Andares, one of the largest private investments in Mexico in 2009, is an open-ai

Project: Andares

 

Location: Guadalajara, Mexico

 

Developer: 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."

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Project: Bywater Art Lofts

 

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

 

Developer: HRI Properties

 

2010 ULI Award for Excellence: "Formerly a vacant and blighted garment factory, Bywater Art Lofts provides affordable rental housing and exhibit space for artists, in an effort to draw the creative class back to a post-Katrina New Orleans."

Image courtesy the architects, Rozas Ward Architects

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Project: Sundance Square<p></p>Location: Fort Worth, Texas<p></p>Developer: Sundance Square Management<p></p>2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "The culmination of a 25 year development process, Sundance Square is a 38-block mixed-use

Project: Sundance Square

 

Location: Fort Worth, Texas

 

Developer: Sundance Square Management

 

2010 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."

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Project: Bethesda Row<p></p>Location: Bethesda, Maryland<p></p>Developer: Federal Realty Investment Trust<p></p>2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "Bethesda Row—a pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use district with 182 luxury apartments, a s

Project: Bethesda Row

 

Location: Bethesda, Maryland

 

Developer: Federal Realty Investment Trust

 

2010 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."

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Project: Thin Flats<p></p>Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania<p></p>Developer: Onion Flats<p></p>2010 ULI Award for Excellence: The Americas nomination: "Certified LEED for Homes Platinum, Thin Flats is an eight-unit infill development in north Philadelp

Project: Thin Flats

 

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

Developer: Onion Flats

 

2010 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."

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