Submit a Project

Project submittals for the 2019 Impact Awards are now closed.

Submit a Project

General Instructions & Application Checklist:

1.        Applicants must provide all requested information for each award. Incomplete forms will be rejected.

2.        Applications will only be accepted through the online form. 

3.        Please include the following information for all project contacts listed: name, title, company, city, state, telephone and e-mail address.

4.        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

5.        Award Submittal Fees: Public: $250 and Private: $500. You may submit your project in ONE category. You may submit as many projects as you’d like. Each project requires a separate submittal to include the application and supporting materials. If submitting multiple projects, you may combine submittal fees in one payment. 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.orgPlease note: Payment is due by application deadline of December 14th, 2018.


The 2019 Impact Awards will be held on April 4th at The Seawell Ballroom – Denver Center for the Performing Arts and will feature project and individual awards in 6 different categories. Project award categories will return as Innovation, Infill, Influence, and Inspire. Individual award categories as the Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement, recognizing a seasoned professional with 20+ years of extraordinary achievements and the Rising Star, recognizing an industry leader under 35 who has made a contribution “beyond their years.”


Important Dates to keep in mind:

  • November 7, 2018 – Individual awards open for submittal
  • December 14, 2018 – Project Application Deadline
  • December 19, 2018 – Table/Individual Ticket Sales Open
  • January 31, 2019 – Legacy & Rising Star Nominations Deadline
  • March 20, 2019 – Project Finalists Announced in CREJ Supplement
  • April 4, 2019 – Impact Awards Celebration at The Seawell Ballroom
  • Category criteria and additional details can be found at:


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 1/1/14 and 12/31/18


Category 1: Innovation

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. 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.

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: INDUSTRY

Category 2: Infill

Infill is defined as urbanization, brownfield redevelopment, or adaptive reuse. Projects may include urban within major Colorado cities, or in rural 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: Crossroads Commerce Park


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: Redtail Ponds Permanent Supportive Housing

Category 4: Inspire 

A public project that inspires the community, spurs additional development and linkages, and has a lasting impact on the public including transit projects, greenway/trail systems, parks, and other public spaces. The project must be submitted by a 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

Last Award Winner: 40 West Creative District