ULI Awards program to honor Bill Rouse
By Natalie Kostelni, Reporter
February 7, 2014
Urban Land Institute’s Philadelphia division has launched an awards program to recognize outstanding and transformational developments throughout the region. It will be called the Willard G. Rouse III Awards for Excellence in an homage to one of Philadelphia’s great developers, civic leaders and original founding members of the local ULI district council, said Chris Hager, senior principal at Langan Engineering & Environmental Services. Hager is chair of ULI-Philadelphia. Rouse founded Liberty Property Trust and its predecessor company, Rouse & Associates.
While ULI has a national awards program, the local district council thought it was time that meaningful projects throughout the region were acknowledged in some fashion. While the idea was tossed around for a few years, it took a while to finally formalize it. “We want to recognize projects that are having a great impact on our region from many different perspectives and those that illustrate ULI’s mission,” Hager said. ULI’s mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities. The organization’s global so-called “super theme” is building healthy places and projects nominated should also incorporate some of those elements as well.
Multiple projects including residential, mixed-use, commercial, open space, parks among others will be honored. A panel comprised of about a dozen ULI leaders from cities across the country will judge the nominations. The Philadelphia ULI covers a broad geographic area stretching from Harrisburg and the Lehigh Valley to South Jersey and Delaware. Projects dating back to March 2009 can be nominated.