Comments by Susan Powers of Urban Ventures LLC on reopening Colorado after the COVID-19 pandemic.
A distinguished jury has chosen 15 finalists in five categories in contention for a prestigious IMPACT Award from ULI Colorado. The projects honored range from the mixed-use redevelopment of a former hospital in central Denver to an energy-saving factory that employs 500 in a low-income Adams County neighborhood to supportive housing for homeless youth in Grand Junction.
Since 2013, the IMPACT Awards have highlighted ULI best practices in land use and real estate. Winners will be announced at the fifth ULI Colorado Impact Awards gala on Thursday, September 23 at Seawell Ballroom at Denver Center for the Performing Arts
In addition, the awards will honor two individuals; a Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement and Rising Star for Young Leader 35 and under. Previous Legacy Award winners have included Dana Crawford, John Shaw, Harry Frampton, and Susan Powers.
A project that exemplifies innovation in land planning, finance, green tech, or another significant area. Sponsored by Redland.
A project that has inspired imitation by demonstrating positive community impact and financial success. Sponsored by Brinkmann Constructors.
A project that exemplifies compact, walkable infill. Sponsored by Otten Johnson.
A horizontal project (e.g., transit, infrastructure, parks, public spaces, that catalyzes ULI best practices in land use and development. Sponsored by Trammell Crow Company.
A public or private project that is inclusive of all people and works to provide equal opportunity to the diverse incomes, races, ethnicities, genders, and cultural heritage that abound in Colorado. New category sponsored by Vectra Bank Colorado.
The ULI Colorado awards committee is co-chaired by Tom Kooiman of Brinkmann Constructors and Becky Stone of OZ Architecture. Members are: John Blackshire, Transwestern; Brian Cohen, Taylor Kohrs; Sarah Komppa, Tryba Architects, Mike Pietschmann, Redland, Libby Rivers, and Jackie Sciarra, CreativDesign Studio.
Meet our 2021 jury:
“The Impact Awards showcase the best work of Colorado’s developers, architects, builders and their teams to create great places,” says Ferd Belz, president of Fulenwider and ULI Colorado chair, 2021-23.
Increasingly focused on diverse and equitable outcomes, these examples will inspire others to improve our communities by creating the best possible projects. The nominees also demonstrate our community’s resilience in moving forward with best practices in land use during uncertain times.”
ULI Colorado’s fifth Impact Awards program attracted 33 entries in five categories from across the state. Our jury met in June and July to choose five winners, ranking the finalists and winners using strict scoring guidelines vetted by site visits. The winners will be a closely guarded secret until the awards gala on Thursday, September 23 at Seawell Ballroom, DCPA.