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Nine projects selected as finalists for ULI Impact Awards—winners to be named at April 30 gala


Nine projects selected as finalists for ULI Impact Awards—winners to be named at April 30 gala  

Nine projects, ranging from low-income housing to a grand train station, have been named finalists in the second Impact Awards of Urban Land Institute (ULI) Colorado.

The nominees and three winners will be honored at a gala dinner being held at the Seawell Ballroom, Denver Theater District, 1350 Arapahoe, Denver, on Thursday, April 30, 5:30 to 9 pm. Also being presented are awards for Lifetime Achievement (last won by Dana Crawford at the inaugural Impact Awards) and Rising Star (Bradley Weinig).

The title sponsor is EKS&H. Master of Ceremonies will be Tom Clark of Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation.

Projects will be judged by a jury including:

  • Laura Aldrete, Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • James DeFrancia, Lowe Enterprises
  • Curt Fentress, Fentress Architects
  • Cal Fulenwider, Fulenwider Co.
  • Bill Mosher, Trammell Crow
  • Ralph Pace, US Bank
  • Julie Underdahl, Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District

The nominees:

Innovation Category, sponsored by Redland

25th & Larimer fashioned 29 reclaimed shipping containers into 8,200 square feet of creative retail and office space. Developer/owner: Gravitas Development Group.

Denver Union Station reopened in 2014 after a $54 million renovation that created the Crawford Hotel and 13 local retailers and restaurants, transforming the Great Hall into “Denver’s Living Room.” Developers Union Station Alliance (USA)

Hangar 2 restored a landmark 1939 hangar into dining district anchored by the Lowry Beer Garden, retail, offices, and storage. Developers:  Larimer Associates/City Street Investors; Hartman-Ely Investments


Infill Category, sponsored by Otten Johnson  

Aria Apartments brings 72 affordable homes, with efficient land-use and building technologies, to leverage the larger 17.5-acre, $85 million Aria Denver redevelopment in Denver’s Chaffee Park neighborhood. Developer: The Perry-Rose Company.

Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center is a $50 million adaptive reuse that rescued the 1915 Colorado National Bank building, as a 230-room. Developer: Stonebridge Companies.

The Source is a 25,000 square-foot public market adapted from an 1880s iron foundry in the emerging Brighton Boulevard corridor. Developer: Zeppelin Development


Influence Category, sponsored by Vectra Bank

1175 Lee Hill is Boulder’s first “Housing First” community with 31 apartments and services for formerly homeless people. The $7.6 million project is located on one acre in North Boulder. Developer/owner: Boulder Housing Partners

Once a forlorn, 81-unit 1973 apartment building plagued by bedbugs and crack dealers, The Amherst has been reborn as an affordable haven for hardworking, low-income families. Developers BLDG Management and BMC Investments.

Denver Union Station (DUS) Neighborhood and Transit Hub turned an abandoned rail yard into a nationally recognized urban center including 2 million square feet of office/commercial space; 266,500 square feet of retail; 2,000 apartments, 400 hotel rooms, and 15 acres of plazas and public space. Developers: East West Partners and Continuum Partners.

In addition, ULI will choose a Legacy Award winner for Lifetime Achievement. The 2013 recipient was Dana Crawford of Urban Neighborhoods. The Rising Star Award will go to a young leader under 35, last won by Bradley Weinig of Enterprise Community Partners.

“The Impact Awards showcase the best work of Colorado’s developers, architects, builders and their teams to create great places,” says Kirk Monroe, EVP of Vectra Bank Colorado and Chair of ULI Colorado. “These examples will inspire others to build sustainable, thriving communities.”

Corporate sponsors for the event include: Beck Group, Brinkmann Constructors, Colorado Business Bank, Essex Financial Group, First American Title, HDR, Husch Blackwell, Kimley-Horn, Koelbel and Company, and Taylor Kohrs.

The event is co-chaired by Beverly Carlson of First American Title and Stacy Stout of STOUTStrategies.

Both individual seats and tables are available for the event, with seating limited to 400. For more information, contact Colorado@uli.org or go to http://colorado.uli.org.

With 1,100 members, ULI Colorado is one of the largest and most active District Councils of the international ULI, a 501-c-3 nonprofit think tank dedicated to leadership in responsible land use.

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