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15 Finalists Announced for ULI Philadelphia’s 2015 Willard G. “Bill” Rouse Awards for Excellence

We are pleased to announce the finalists for ULI Philadelphia’s second annual Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence.  Winners will be announced at an evening reception on June 17th.

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.

The 15 finalists represent a wide variety of project types, including adaptive reuse, commercial, residential, healthcare and entertainment. The nominations were reviewed by a 16-member jury of esteemed ULI members from outside the region and across the country.

“The creativity and quality of the applications presented challenges to our jurors to narrow the field,” said Gary A. Hack, Ph.D., Awards Jury Chair, of ULI New York.  Dr. Hack is past Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and past Chair of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission.

The finalists are (listed alphabetically):

  • 3737 Science Center3737 Science Center (Philadelphia): A joint venture by Wexford Science & Technology with the University City Science Center, designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects and Strada Architecture as an energy efficient facility to accommodate clinical, laboratory, research and office programs.



  • AlAllentown Entertainment Districtlentown Entertainment District (Allentown): This multipurpose arena and entertainment complex was developed by Hammes Company Sports Development, Inc., on behalf of owner Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone Development Authority, and planned and designed by Elkus – Manfredi Architects. The project includes a fully integrated and pedestrian-oriented mixed-use development on an infill site incorporating two historic buildings.


  • Arbor HeightsArbor Heights (Norristown, PA): Jurors cited this small-scale affordable multifamily development by Progressive Housing Ventures and designed by Barton Partners for its creative design of stacked townhomes with high sustainability standards seamlessly integrated.



  • Bryn Mawr Film InstituteBryn Mawr Film Institute (Bryn Mawr): Developed by AthenianRazak and designed by Voith & Mactavish Architects, the Institute transformed an historic 1926 theater threatened with conversion to a health club franchise into four theaters with public space and other community uses.



  • Chestnut SquareChestnut Square (Philadelphia): This vibrant urban mixed-use development transformed the core of Drexel University’s campus, with modern “suite-style” accommodations for 800+ students, and the transformation of Chestnut Street as denser and vital campus gateway.  The project was developed by American Campus Communities and designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects.


  • Community Legal Services, North Philadelphia Law CenterCommunity Legal Services, North Philadelphia Law Center (Philadelphia): Development and construction manager Clemens Construction Company worked with Atkin Olshin Schade Architects to build a new center on six residential lots razed as part of Philadelphia’s Neighborhood Transformation Initiative.  The building achieved LEED Gold certification through green space, public meeting space, green roof and planted courtyard for clients and staff.


  • Fresh Corner Store ConversionsFresh Corner Store Conversions (Philadelphia): Developed by The Food Trust and designed by Strada Architecture, this pilot project enhanced five corner grocery stores to increase access and awareness of healthy food options in low-income neighborhoods, resulting in increased sales of health products, increased store profits, and economic engines in each neighborhood.


  • FringeArtsFringeArts (Philadelphia): Once the site of a semi-abandoned historic pumping station at the foot of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the preservation and adaptive reuse of the building in its waterfront context celebrates Philadelphia’s industrial legacy. Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT) were the designers, architects, and landscape architects on this project, which was developed by FringeArts.


  • Icon 1616Icon/1616 (Philadelphia): Developed by Federal Capital Partners, Cross Properties, and Alterra Property Group and designed by JKR Partners Architects, this landmark 1929 Art Deco building has been converted through historic preservation to 220 high-end residential units with original details painstakingly preserved.



  • John C. Anderson ApartmentsJohn C. Anderson Apartments (Philadelphia): A safe and welcoming community with affordable and accessible apartments created to help Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) seniors to age in place in Center City’s Midtown Village, replacing an undesirable store and heavy equipment maintenance facility.  Developed by Spruce Street Senior Residences, an affiliate of Pennrose Properties, and designed by Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT).


  • Southstar Lofts (1)Southstar Lofts (Philadelphia): Continuing the southern expansion of the Avenue of the Arts this mixed-use development by Dranoff Properties and designed by JKR Partners replaced a vacant lot previously occupied by numerous industrial and commercial uses over the last 100 years, and filled a gap in a formerly blighted intersection with residential vibrancy, increased and diverse foot traffic.


  • St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Center for the Urban ChildChristopher’s Hospital for Children, Center for the Urban Child (Philadelphia): Tenet Healthcare Corporation worked with Ewing Cole to create this new innovative approach to pediatric healthcare as one-stop healthcare shop, efficiently addressing both medical and social issues efficiently.



  • The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community CenterThe Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center (Camden): Kitchen & Associates designed this center for The Salvation Army Camden Citadel Corps. This facility offers 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.


  • The Collings at the LumberyardThe Collings at the Lumberyard (Collingswood): This partnership between developer Ingerman and the Borough of Collingswood represents the last phase of a true mixed-use, transit-oriented development on the main street in a dense first-ring suburb, designed by Niles Bolton Associates.



  • The View at MontgomeryThe View at Montgomery (Philadelphia): Developed by The Goldenberg Group and designed by Wallace, Roberts, and Todd (WRT), this new student housing tower with 238 apartments and street-level retail, has re-energized one of Temple University’s most active campus streets and become a hub for the entire neighborhood.


The awards honor the legacy of the late business and civic leader Bill Rouse, one of the founders of ULI Philadelphia and a past Trustee of the Urban Land Institute.

Winners will be announced at a reception on June 17th at The Ballroom at The Ben, located at 9th and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19107.  To register for the event please visit here.


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