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ULI Houston names 6 winners in 10th annual Development of Distinction Awards

Houston Business Journal | 01.25.2017

The Urban Land Institute’s local chapter announced the winners of the 10th annual Development of Distinction Awards on Jan. 24.

ULI’s Houston District Council named one for-profit winner, one nonprofit winner and two winners in the Urban Open Space category. Additionally, one of the for-profit finalists was named the People’s Choice winner, and an additional People’s Choice winner was named in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Development of Distinction Awards.

The awards program also honored the 2017 finalists and some 61 honorees and winners from the past decade. Click here to see the 2017 finalists, and click here to see the list of all of the honorees since 2008.

ULI awarded CITYCENTRE, by Houston-based Midway, an additional People’s Choice award to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Development of Distinction Awards.

ULI writes: “The award-winning, 4- acre, pedestrian-friendly project includes office space, residential, retail, conference space, fitness facility and destination hotel. The project has successfully brought an urban setting to the Energy Corridor area and created a pedestrian -friendly district where Houstonians can live, work, and play.”

Owner / Developer: Midway | Architect: Gensler | Completed: August 2009 Phase 1

The Development of Distinction Awards are modeled after ULI’s national Global Awards for Excellence and Urban Open Space Awards. Finalists and winners exemplify best practices in design, construction, economic viability, healthy places, marketing and management.

“An extraordinary field of projects were put forward this year and reinforces that Houston continues to deliver some of our market’s most interesting work,” Houston District Council Board Chair Bill Odle said in ULI’s Oct. 25 statement. “Furthermore, it is quite compelling to look back at 10 years of developments recognized by Urban Land Institute as each finalist and winner has delivered on their vision, resilience, and set the standard for our world-class city.”

A nomination panel of Houston real estate leaders selected the finalists. They included Alan Bauer, Newland Communities; Joy Horak Brown, New Hope Housing Inc.; Doug Childers, HKS Architects; Anne Culver, Scenic Houston; Paul Dodd, BGE Inc.; Anthony Marré, Wilson Cribbs + Goren; and Ed Page, Streetwise Retail Advisors. A jury of three national real estate experts traveled to Houston Nov. 2-3 to tour the projects and select the winners.