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Submit a Project

The deadline to submit a project is February 1st, 2017.

Thank you for your interest in submitting an individual for ULI Colorado’s 2017 Impact Awards. The event based on ULI’s Awards for Excellence will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium.

For more information, please contact ULI Colorado at 303.893.1760 or Colorado@ULI.org.

Submit a Project

Thank you for your interest in submitting a project for ULI Colorado’s 2017 Impact Awards.


General Instructions & Application Checklist:
APPLICATIONS DUE BY JANUARY 27TH FEBRUARY 1ST

  1. Only online applications will be accepted. Although, we encourage you to utilize the application for review and to then input your answers online.
  2. Applicants must provide all requested information for each award. Incomplete forms will be rejected.
  3. Project images and any additional supporting documentation should be submitted on a jump drive and mailed/delivered to: ULI Colorado, ATTN: Impact Awards, 1536 Wynkoop Street, Suite 211, Denver, CO, 80202. If you are delivering in person, please deliver during office hours 9am to 5pm and notify Charles.allisongodfrey@uli.org.
  4. Award Submittal Fees: Public: $250 and Private: $500. You may submit your project in up to two categories for an additional fee ($100 public, and $200 private). Please mail check payable to ULI Colorado to address listed above and project name noted on memo line OR request a copy of the CC Authorization form from Colorado@uli.org. Please note: Payment is due by application deadline of January 27, 2017  February 1, 2017.

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Please note: Application submittals can be made by any project team member, but must include an authorization signed by the owner or developer (available as part of the online application). Past winners include joint submissions with involvement from both the design and build team, along with owner and developer. The more comprehensive the application team, the greater chance of a more robust application. Public and Private projects accepted.


Click here to review the PPT from our most recent informational webinar.


Pre-requisites for all categories:

  • Quality and standard of design that improves surrounding community
  • Delivers a product that improves the health of people and surrounding community
  • Demonstrated financial feasibility or successful financing strategy
  • Demonstrated smart land use
  • Project must be completed between 1/1/12 and 12/31/16

Disclaimer: All applicants and(or) applying project teams should self-select one of the categories below. For an additional fee, you may enter in up to two project categories. However, please note that based on applications received and to ensure we recognize those projects that truly exemplify best practices in land use, the jury receives the right to move a project into a different category if they feel the project better meets the qualification of that category and to ensure the project is given the best opportunity to receive an award and be recognized for its achievements.


Category 1: Innovation

Innovation is defined by one or more of these characteristics; using green technology, transportation, energy, financing, public/private partnerships, land planning, community planning, or other explained innovative feature.  Colorado has seen its share of innovative real estate development projects – but which project was truly innovative? This award will highlight the most innovative projects from across the state.

Selection criteria: Meet all prerequisites listed above, plus one or more of the following criteria.

  1. Candidate defines what makes their project innovative
  2. Resourceful use of land/successful adaptive reuse of property
  3. Sustainability/preservation or enhancement of environmental resources
  4. Entrepreneurship or creative development team organization and management
  5. Innovative design and planning features

Last Award Winner: Denver Union Station, Lower Downtown
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Category 2: Infill

Infill is defined as Urbanization, Brownfield, Redevelopment, and Adaptive Reuse. Projects may include urban developments within major Colorado Cities, or in rural cities or resort communities. As our cities grow and the land use needs of communities change – what projects help to rejuvenate communities and their urban core?

Selection criteria: Meet all prerequisites listed above, plus one or more of the following criteria.

  1. Building or group of Buildings
  2. Resourceful use of land/selective adaptive reuse of property
  3. Filling of a special community or market need
  4. Overcoming of unusual or difficult obstacles to development
  5. Public/private effort in the development
  6. Positive impact on the area market

Last Award Winner: Aria Apartments
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Category 3: Influence

A project of community influence in the for profit or non-profit world, including; Affordable Housing, Economic Development, Environmental Remediation, Historic Preservation, Healthy Communities Places of Work, Community and Facilities. Real estate development is in constant flux – a project creates impact when the result envisions all facets of community and place – and the result is a lasting impact.

Selection criteria: Meet all prerequisites listed above, plus one or more of the following criteria.

  1. Overcoming of unusual or difficult obstacles to development
  2. Successful public/private collaboration resulting in something influential
  3. First of its kind, a bell-weather project that defines the future, and or a project that meets community needs not met by conventional market
  4. Must be able to identify in measurable terms the direct benefit to the community

Last Award Winner: Denver Union Station Neighborhood and Transit Hub
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Category 4: Inspire (new for 2017!)

A public project that inspires the community, spurs additional development and linkages, and has a lasting impact on the public realm including transit projects, greenway/trail systems, parks, and other public spaces. The project must be submitted by public entity and at least partially funded by public funds. Only horizontal projects will be considered; individual buildings are omitted from this category.

Selection criteria: Meet all prerequisites listed above, plus one or more of the following criteria.

  1. Fulfills an existing need within the community.
  2. Project has a multiplier effect on the surrounding community creating opportunity for further positive impact.
  3. Demonstrates a good use of taxpayer funds
  4. Identify in measurable terms the direct benefit to the community
  5. Includes sustainable preservation or enhancement of environmental resources
  6. Creates opportunity for programming available to the public

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