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Last year’s Global Award for Excellence Winner Shows How Proper Planning Can Bring Triple Bottom Line Benefits

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WRT, a national collaborative practice of city and regional planners, urban designers, landscape architects, and architects headquartered in Philadelphia, won our 2014 Award for Excellence for their SteelStacks Arts and Cultural Campus redevelopment. They went on to win the 35th annual ULI Global Awards for Excellence. Widely recognized as the real estate development industry’s most prestigious honor. Recently, WRT created a master plan for The Parklands of Floyds Fork in Louisville, KY that is a perfect example of how proper planning of parks can bring “triple bottom line” benefits to a community. Green Infrastructure is … Read More

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ULI Philadelphia Announces National Jury Panel for 2015 Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence

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The ULI Philadelphia Awards for Excellence honor the legacy of Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III, civic leader, developer, and a founder of ULI Philadelphia, with a long-term commitment from Liberty Property Trust. This year, eighteen leading ULI members from around the country will evaluate and recognize the best projects completed within the last five years in Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware.  This year’s panel includes experts from across the country who have been carefully selected for expertise in their respective fields as well as their experience … Read More

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2015 Bill Rouse Awards for Excellence Submission Deadline Fast Approaching!

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The ULI Philadelphia Awards for Excellence honor the legacy of Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III, civic leader, developer, and a founder of ULI Philadelphia, with a long-term commitment from Liberty Property Trust. This year, eighteen leading ULI members from around the country will evaluate and recognize the best projects completed within the last five years in Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware.  This year’s panel includes experts from across the country who have been carefully selected for expertise in their respective fields as well as their experience … Read More

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ULI PHILADELPHIA STUDENT HOUSING EVENT AT VILLANOVA A SOLD-OUT SUCCESS

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On February 11, ULI Philadelphia hosted a sold-out breakfast panel to examine trends, opportunities and challenges faced by universities and student housing developers. Panelists included Rhonda Johannesen, Senior Vice President of Campus Real Estate Development, University Student Living; Robert Morro, Vice President of Facilities Management, Villanova University; Chuck Rudalavage, Principal and Director of Higher Education Practice, EwingCole; moderated by Paul Sehnert, Director of Development Management, University of Pennsylvania. Read more about the successful event from our wonderful sponsor, W.S.Cumby, here. Special thanks to all of our sponsors:  US Bank and W.S. Cumby; and Young … Read More

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Spotlight: Jay Appleton

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This month, ULI Philadelphia sat down with Jay Appleton, ULI Philadelphia’s new Sponsorship Chair and Project Executive/Program Manager at GREYHAWK.  Jay is a licensed Professional Engineer with more than 35 years of experience in design, construction and project management.  How long have you been a ULI member?  I have been a member of ULI and active with the Philadelphia District Council for almost ten years, serving on several different Councils, past co-chair of the Planning, Design and Construction Council, and as a member of the Advisory Board.   What has being … Read More

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ULI Product Councils Demystified – FREE Webinar Thurs., Jan 29 for Full Members

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ULI Product Councils Demystified If you are a ULI Full Member, this free webinar will provide you with the inside track on the exclusive ULI Product Council system. Members involved in Product Councils find them very rewarding and the relationships they make invaluable. This is an excellent opportunity to learn the value of Product Councils, how they are organized and function, and the process for applying. Product Council leaders will answer: ​What is a Product Council? What makes a Product Council so valuable? Who are Product Council members? What is the … Read More

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ULI Philadelphia’s Strategies for a World-Class Resort City in the News

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On January 14, 2015 ULI Philadelphia held a panel on Atlantic City’s Future: Strategies for a Word-Class Resort City and nearly 200 people were in attendance to hear distinguished panelists discuss recommendations, made earlier in the year by a panel of global experts, for a new mixed-use Lighthouse District, and for generating needed jobs through a focus on education, medical services and the new creative economy. Tom Murphy, ULI Senior Resident Fellow, Canizaro/Klingbeil Families Chair for Urban Development and former mayor of Pittsburgh, PA lead the conversation. The Hon. Donald … Read More

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Applications Now Being Accepted for ULI Philadelphia Bill Rouse Awards for Excellence

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ULI Philadelphia is now accepting applications for completed developments for its second annual Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence.  Development projects that can be submitted for consideration include residential, commercial, industrial and mixed use developments as well as for parks and open spaces.  Each submission will be carefully evaluated by experienced and engaged ULI members from across the country and outside the region. Applications are now being accepted through March 6.  Winners will be announced and honored at a reception on June 17th at The Ben, 9th and … Read More

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Maximizing the Potential of Harrisburg’s City Island: A Unique Urban Amenity

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Tapping City Island’s potential has been a goal for decades. In 1984, the City asked ULI to convene a national Advisory Services Panel to evaluate development potential. And although much has happened on the island since publication of the 1984 report — the construction of the ballpark and soccer facility, primarily — the 1984 panelists’ main concern is still relevant today: flooding. Once or twice a year there is standing water on parts of the island. Winter ice floes can cause even more damage; it was high water and ice that destroyed the western portion of the Walnut Street Bridge … Read More

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Knight Cities Challenge Finalists… Philadelphia is in the running!

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The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced today as finalists in its first Knight Cities Challenge. The foundation says it received more than 7,000 submissions describing visions that would benefit its 26 target communities from individuals, governments, and nonprofit groups looking for a slice of funding from the $5 million total prize. These are just some of the amazing Philadelphia projects: Every Street in Philadelphia (Submitted by Jacob Winterstein): Promoting livable cities by having an artist and a journalist cycle the city’s 2,600 miles of streets and engage … Read More

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