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15 Finalists Announced for ULI Philadelphia’s 2016 Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence

National jury panel selected; winners to be announced June 15th

Philadelphia – May 10, 2016 – ULI Philadelphia is pleased to announce 15 finalists for ULI Philadelphia’s third annual Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence. The Awards for Excellence recognize top projects completed within the last five years by ULI members and nonmembers throughout Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware.  More than two dozen entries were received.  Winners will be announced at an awards reception on June 15th at the Ballroom at The Ben in Philadelphia.

The finalists represent a wide variety of project types, including adaptive reuse, green space, commercial, residential, healthcare and entertainment, and were selected by a jury of 15 experienced national ULI leaders and real estate experts specifically chosen from outside the region to avoid potential conflicts of interest.

The finalists are (listed alphabetically):

3737 Chestnut – Developed by Radnor Property Group and designed by BLT Architects, The Harman Group, and SPG3 Architects, this University City 267-unit mixed-use project was a public/private partnership that stabilized the asset of the historic Episcopal church and incorporated its community center and daycare with a rooftop playground, as well as much-needed market-rate housing and top-notch amenities for those who work and study nearby.

AQ Rittenhouse – Developed by Aquinas Realty Partners and designed by BLT Architects and Stampfl Associates, this 120,000 square foot, mixed use project provided a much-needed urban infill redevelopment of a long vacant and blighted YWCA site. Situated in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, this upscale 12 story apartment complex contains 110 units and ground floor retail.

Central Green at The Navy Yard – Jointly developed by PIDC, Liberty Property Trust, Synterra Partners, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and designed by James Corner Field Operations, this community open space transformed a previously underutilized brownfields vacant plot into the heart of South Philadelphia’s Navy Yard with a five-acre urban public park featuring native plants, a hammock grove, fitness area, outdoor conference space and over 41,000 square feet of pedestrian paths.

Cira Green – Located on the eastern edge of University City, Philadelphia’s first elevated public park is a 1.25-acre urban greenspace rises 95 feet about street level and offers breathtaking 360 degree views of the city as well as public lounge areas and programming, with its own elevator atop a parking garage. This project was developed by Brandywine Realty Trust and designed by Erdy McHenry Architecture LLC and Roofmeadow.

Community Legal Services’ North Philadelphia Law Center – This non-profit’s office space was developed by CLS and Clemens Construction Company with Atkins Olshin Schade on the site of six lots reclaimed as part of Philadelphia’s Neighborhood Transformation Initiative. This LEED Gold certified office features community greenspaces, public meeting space, green roof and planted courtyard for clients and staff as well as private amenities to accommodate client needs.

Dilworth Plaza – Developed by the Center City District and designed by Urban Engineers, KieranTimberlake, and The OLIN Studio, Dilworth Plaza transformed a failed and unsafe public area on the west side of Philadelphia’s City Hall into a vibrant and sustainable community gathering space with interactive fountain, ice skating, live music, pop-up shops and restaurants, as well as new access points to public transit.

evo Philly – Standing over 30 stories tall, this 474,280 square feet, 850-bed, University City student apartment complex inventively transformed a previously unused site into the tallest operating student housing property in the nation with a rooftop pool, demonstrating how dense urban neighborhoods can be enhanced through sustainable green additions to existing infrastructure. The project was developed by Brandywine Realty Trust and designed by Erdy McHenry Architecture, BALA Consulting Thornton Tomasetti, Pennoni Associates, Integrated Aquatics Engineering, Beam LTD, Cerami & Associates, AKF Engineers, and Roofmeadow.

Hoover-Mason Trestle – Developed by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Bethlehem and designed by Wallace Roberts & Todd, this adaptive reuse project has been a catalyst for economic development and growth through its engagement with the community, including its connection to the adjacent and award winning SteelStacks Arts and Cultural Campus, as well as its ability to capture the city’s steel heritage. This 25,000 square foot project uniquely captures this historic setting by incorporating its steel plant roots into the design which includes a 36-foot-tall elevated steel walkway spanning the entire front and length of the five 20-story blast furnace towers, creating awe-inspiring views of the city.

North Delaware River Waterfront Development – After a massive fire in 2013, Dietz & Watson decided to redevelop the riverfront brownfield and superfund sites into a new industrial manufacturing plant complete with public green spaces and waterfront trails. The site includes a ten-acre neighborhood waterfront park and renewed connections to the street grid, while retaining and increasing needed manufacturing jobs in this community.  The development team included Dietz & Watson, PIDC, Delaware River City Corporation, and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and designed by Langan Engneering & Environmental Services, Architectra and Locus Partners.

Oxford Mills – Developed by D3 Real Estate Development, in conjunction with BartonPartners Architects Planners, Inc., this two building, 84,000 square foot, former textile manufacturing complex in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia created a collaborative community for educators, education focused non-profits including Teach for America, and residents.  The renovation includes 114 market-rate residential units for teachers, office workers and others, as well as a fitness center and courtyard serving the neighborhood. This facility historically preserved and adapted two formerly dilapidated warehouses into a thriving community hub, while also reconnecting a formerly inaccessible street.

Project HOME Stephen Klein Wellness Center – This 28,598 square foot facility transformed a mostly-vacant city block of existing abandoned residential and commercial structures and vacant land into an outpatient healthcare and wellness facility, complete with YMCA tenant space. Located in North Philadelphia’s Sharswood community, this center was developed by Project HOME with Brawer & Hauptman, Architects to improve the health and wellness of local residents.

The ARCH – Developed by the University of Pennsylvania with Torcon with SaylorGregg Architects, this 30,000 square foot mixed-use facility retains many of the original architectural elements that made this historic under-utilized campus site a Gothic masterpiece.  The building now serves as a communal student hub which embraces cultural diversity and heritage, housing three cultural centers: La Casa Latina, Makuu: The Black Cultural Center, and the Pan-Asian American Community House. Each has its own private lounge area, but are connected by an innovative glass “living room” which allows students to mingle throughout, as well as a locally sourced Mexican café, flexibly designed classrooms and event spaces and private offices.

The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center – In Camden, NJ, Kitchen & Associates designed this 120,000 square foot center to provide a safe and lively gathering place for education, recreation, worship, health and social services and other community-building activities in the nation’s second-poorest city.  Formerly 24 acres of waterfront landfill, the brownfields site was remediated and planned with community input to redefine the northern edge of this poor city and reconnect it back to the waterfront.  It now includes an Early Childhood Education Center, health clinic run by nearby Cooper Hospital, multi-use greenway trails with access to the Cooper River and Delaware River Back Channel.

The Summit – American Campus Communities developed this 24 story student housing complex with Solomon Cordwell Buenz. Located on Drexel University’s campus in University City, this mixed-use project has successfully revitalized one of Philadelphia’s oldest corridors, Lancaster Avenue, by fully leveraging a strategic site as a nexus between academic, commercial, and residential uses. The project also brings healthy and sustainable amenities, such as retail and heathy dining venues open to students and neighbors, and a green rooftop.

Venice Island Performing & Recreation Center – Designed by Buell Kratzer Powell for the City of Philadelphia, this collaborative open-space revitalized an abandoned flood-prone site into a vibrant community hub between the Manayunk Canal and the Schuylkill River. This project, which is emblematic of the city’s commitment to sustainable design and placemaking, was designed with residents’ input. The 800 square foot, 250-seat, community center was also built with an eye towards sustainable management and display of water in an urban environment, which includes outdoor sculptures and amenities, a children’s water garden, and riverbank restoration.

The 2016 Jury Panel is comprised of the following members of ULI – the Urban Land Institute:

  • Jury Chair Mike Balaban, of ULI Washington, is the founding principal of SB-Urban, a DC-based firm dedicated to small-household/small-unit apartment communities in prime urban infill locations in Washington, DC and other key gateway markets.
  • David Wilton Crabtree II, AIA, NCARB, of ULI Charlotte, recently joined Gensler and was formerly with LITTLE Diversified Architectural Consulting. He has more than fourteen years of award-winning experience in mixed-use, office/retail, multifamily, educational facilities.
  • Felicia Davis, of ULI Chicago, is Executive Director of the Public Building Commission, a public developer which plans, designs and builds schools, parks, libraries and municipal buildings. She oversees construction and renovation projects for the City of Chicago and sister agencies, including the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges of Chicago, in addition to the Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.
  • Chris Faussemagne, of ULI Atlanta, founded Westbridge Realty Partners, a firm with a focus in developing adaptive re-use and urban infill projects as well as consulting on larger regional projects for institutional clients. He is active in land use policy and currently co-chairs the West Midtown Atlanta land use committee.
  • Donald F. Gatzke, AIA, of ULI North Texas, is Professor and past Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a frequent guest critic at architecture schools, has juried professional awards programs, and serves on the board of Vision North Texas which has developed a plan for sustainable growth over the next 40 years.
  • Bryan Grunwald, of ULI San Francisco, is Founding Principal of Bryan Grunwald Associates. Grunwald has over 30 years of professional experience in the planning and design of large-scale projects for both urban and greenfield sites throughout the U.S. and Asia.
  • Richard A. Kessler, Past Chair of ULI New York, is part of Benenson Capital Partners’ management team. He has broad experience in all areas of real estate acquisition, disposition, development, leasing and management, as well as extensive finance and capital markets expertise, completing more than $2 billion in transactions.
  • William H. Kreager, FAIA, LEEDap, MIRM, of ULI Northwest, is retired after 34 years as a Principal at Mithun in Seattle. Kreager’s career has focused upon sustainable urban and suburban mixed use architectural design and community planning.
  • Michael Lander, of ULI Minnesota, is founder and president of Lander Group, a real estate development firm specializing in urban infill projects across the Midwest and California. Alone and in partnerships with other firms, has designed, developed and sold more than $100 million in new and redevelopment/adaptive reuse.
  • Daniel F. Pallace, PE, of ULI Baltimore, is Director of Construction Services for Merritt Properties. He is Chair of the ULI’s Baltimore District Council’s Governance Committee as well as Chair of the Real Estate and Building Commission for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
  • Robert A. Pilgrim, of ULI North Texas, is Vice President and Director of Planning for Texas-based design and consulting firm of BURY, now part of Stantec, where he is part of the senior leadership team. Pilgrim’s planning and design approach crafts architecture and the environment with the regional and cultural context of each project.
  • Ronald I. Silverman, of ULI Angeles, is Senior Partner with the Cox, Castle & Nicholson’s legal land use team. Silverman has served as a Global ULI Trustee, Chair of the Public Private Partnership Council, a Counselor to the District Council Program, Chair of ULI Los Angeles, and national co-chair of ULI’s Chairs for Mission Advancement.
  • John B. Slidell, of ULI Washington, is co-founder, Principal and current Vice Chair of Bozzuto & Associates, Washington DC. Slidell is currently Governance Chair of ULI’s Washington District Council, has served as Counselor for ULI’s four residential product councils, as well as Chair of ULI’s Residential Neighborhood Development Council and has been a juror for ULI’s International Awards for Excellence program.
  • Anthony J. Trella, of ULI Southeast Florida, is owner and President of Florida’s Meranth Company, a development and investment management company with a well-established national reputation in executive, marketing and financial management. Trella is a past ULI Global Trustee, former District Council Counselor, and past chair of ULI Southeast Florida/Caribbean.
  • Smedes York, of ULI Triangle (North Carolina), is Chairman of York Properties, McDonald York Building Company and Berkshire Hathaway York Simpson Underwood. As a ULI member, he has chaired many advisory service panel assignments including New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Winners will be announced at a cocktail reception on June 15th at The Ballroom at The Ben, located at 834 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. For more information, please visit www.philadelphia.uli.org/awards or contact philadelphia@uli.org.


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