Urban was involved in three of the nine projects selected by the Urban Land Institute Philadelphia’s (ULI Philadelphia) inaugural Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence. As described by ULI Philadelphia, the award winners were:
— Lenfest Hall, at the Curtis Institute of Music in center city Philadelphia, an “exceptional institutional infill project” by Athenian Razak and the Curtis Institute of Music. A unique combination of both public and private uses, it incorporates the first dedicated housing for students at what is probably the top music school in the country. Architecture by VSBA Architects and Planners; construction management by Intech; structural engineering by Keast & Hood; MEP by Urban Engineers; acoustics by Kirkegaard. Alan Razak, Principal with Athenian Razak, accepted the award.
— Paseo Verde, located in Eastern North Philadelphia, Asociacion Puertorriquenos en Marcha (APM) and The Jonathan Rose Company, is the nation’s first Platinum LEED-Neighborhood Development project. The jury cited this affordable mixed-use development for its excellent contextual site planning, transit accessibility and creative supporting uses. Architecture and landscape architecture by Wallace Roberts & Todd; civil engineering by Urban Engineers; structural engineering by David Chou & Associates; MEP by CSA Group; environmental engineering by MaGrann Associates; Metropolitan Acoustics, consultant; general contracting by Domus. Accepting the award was Nilda Ruiz, President and Chief Executive Officer for APM.
— Sister Cities Park, by Philadelphia’s Center City District, was recognized as “a cozy family room” for Philadelphia’s downtown core, welcoming to children and adults alike, and its ability to be replicated in other cities. The Center City District energized this public space along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway through a lease arrangement with Philadelphia’s Parks and Recreation Department, adding green energy uses including geo-thermal and solar energy. Architecture by DIGSAU; landscape architecture by Studio | Bryan Hanes; engineering by Pennoni; (construction management by Urban Engineers). Paul R. Levy, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center City District, accepted the award.
ULI Philadelphia received 57 nominations of projects in Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware which were completed within the last five years. Each was carefully reviewed by a 14-member panel of esteemed ULI members from across the country. The jury selected and announced 28 finalists last month and then voted on the winners.