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 programs. This year’s finalists represent developments from around the globe, including six in Asia, five in Europe, and eleven 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 neighborhoods and areas they serve.”
The finalists include:
12th Avenue Arts, 41 Bond, Beaugrenelle, City Market at O, Denver Union Station, Devon Energy Center, Global Trade Square, Jing An Kerry Centre, King’s Cross Station, Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC), Monroe Street Market, One Workplace Conversion, Plaza Singapura, Sino-Ocean, Sofia Lofts, Joseph’s Campus, Storrs Center, Swedbank Headquarters, The Boucicaut Eco-Neighborhood, The Breeze BSD City, Transforming a Neighbourhood (Mayfair, London) and Vera Haile Senior Housing/St. Anthony’s Dining Room
The competition, established in 1979, recognizes real estate projects that achieve a high standard of excellence in design, construction, economics, planning and management. The program, open to the entire industry (not just to ULI members), is viewed as the centerpiece 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 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 program’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 programs.
Located in the center of Manhattan’s NoHo Historic District, 41 Bond is an example of commitment to modern yet contextual design and high quality construction within New York’s landmarked neighborhoods. It is also the only new development on the famed Bond Street block to be fully comprised of floor-through homes. Occupying 4,759 square feet, the ground-up construction features a façade of handcrafted bluestone native to New York, integrated landscaped window planters and marquee, and 50-foot long great rooms with bluestone fireplaces enclosed by south facing 11-to 15-foot high sliding glass walls. Accessed beyond the walls of glass are 32-foot long board formed concrete cantilevered landscaped terraces and private planted gardens.