June 11, 2014
PIDC is excited to see 12 of its projects listed as finalist for the ULI Philadelphia Excellence Awards. In its inaugural year, the Awards for Excellence will recognize the best projects completed within the last five years in Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware. There were 28 finalists selected out of 60 nominations which represent a variety of project types including adaptive reuse, commercial, residential, institutional, open spaces among others. The awards will honor the legacy of the late business and civic leader Bill Rouse, one of the founders of ULI Philadelphia and a past Trustee of ULI. Winners will be honored during an awards ceremony on June 18th.
PIDC is proud to have provided resources for the following projects to help with their success. We are pleased that their innovation and excellence are being recognized.
- Cedars Village (Philadelphia): Developed by the Ingerman Group, this senior housing community represents an urban infill project with a strong social mission.
- Five Crescent at the Navy Yard (Philadelphia): Developed by Liberty Property Trust & Synterra Partners, this project is now corporate headquarters for GlaxoSmithKline and shows an extreme commitment to the ultimate LEED certification within a dynamic sculptural building which moved forward in tough economic times.
- Frankford Hall (Philadelphia): Creatively designed within an old industrial area, this commercial adaptive reuse by Kassis Ventures has received accolades as an economic generator and for its community acceptance.
- John C. Anderson Apartments (Philadelphia): Affordable housing developer Pennrose Properties identified a need to house the region’s senior lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and designed this project to meet that specific market.
- Lenfest Hall, The Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia): An exceptional institutional infill project by AthenianRazak addressed community concerns with a creative setback, lovely street facade, and robust supporting uses.
- Northern Liberties (Philadelphia): Tower Development pioneered an excellent adaptive reuse into a mixed-use community with “some of the best new multifamily housing built in the country over the last decade” and “one of the best programmed public spaces anywhere.”
- Paseo Verde (Philadelphia): With the nation’s first Platinum LEED-ND (Neighborhood Development) certification, this affordable mixed-use development from Asociacion Puertorriquenos en Marcha and the New York’s Jonathan Rose Company offers transit accessibility and creative supporting uses.
- Race Street Pier (Philadelphia): An important adaptive reuse by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation to recycle and transform an underutilized public asset in a challenging location with green design elements.
- Sister Cities Park (Philadelphia): The Center City District created what one juror called a “cozy family room” for the downtown core, welcoming to children and adults alike, and cited its complex development partnerships, geothermal and solar energy elements, as well as its ability to be replicated in other cities.
- Southstar Lofts (Philadelphia): “The epitome of a do-it-all urban mixed use project which transforms an underperforming corner,” this development by Dranoff Properties was cited as a sophisticated transit-oriented development making a strong architectural statement, with numerous healthy living aspects.
- Symphony House (Philadelphia): This mixed-use development by Dranoff Properties was deemed a finalist for serving as a “catalytic development” for the Avenue of the Arts, consistent with the Governor’s mandate.
- Ambler Boiler House (Ambler, PA): Summit Realty Advisors’ removal of environmental barriers enabled this successful office use of a former industrial building, spurring neighboring development.
For a full list of finalists click here.
About ULI Philadelphia
The Urban Land Institute is a nonprofit education and research institute whose mission is to provide responsible leadership in the use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, ULI today has more than 32,000 members around the globe, representing the entire spectrum of land use and development disciplines including developers, builders, property owners, investors, architects, public officials, planners, attorneys, engineers, academics and others engaged in the land use field.
The Philadelphia District Council encompasses about 850 members throughout Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, the southern half of New Jersey and the State of Delaware. It is one of the most robust District Councils in the country, providing education on best practices and important community outreach initiatives such as technical assistance, scholarships, mentoring and networking. For more information please visit philadelphia.uli.org.