ULI New York launches excellence in development award

The Urban Land Institute New York chapter launched Excellence in Development awards, a new event recognizing exemplary land use projects that raise the bar for design, planning and sustainability in the New York area.

The awards are modeled after ULI national organization's Global Awards for Excellence.

“As more Americans flock to cities as part of a global trend of urbanization, it has become singularly important for leaders in our field to demand creativity and holistic thinking when it comes to utilizing land,” said Robert C. Lieber, Chairman of the Urban Land Institute New York. “By identifying and recognizing projects that best exemplify that forward-thinking spirit, we can catalyze innovation that will enhance the quality of life in communities around New York.”

The awards ceremony, to be held on March 10, 2016, will recognize public, private, and non-profit developments in the New York area. Award recipients will be comprised of eligible projects embodying “best-in-class” development across six awards categories:

• Excellence in Office Development

• Excellence in Housing Development

• Excellence in Institutional Development (includes public agency projects, hospitals, educational facilities, and cultural facilities)

• Excellence in Mixed-Use Development (two or more materially different uses)

• Excellence in Repositioning or Redevelopment

• Excellence in Civic Space (includes parks, open space, transportation infrastructure and public buildings)

Each project will be considered based on how well it demonstrates environmental sustainability, broad acceptance in the marketplace, innovation in planning and design, relevance to the current and future needs of its community, and a contribution to promoting land use for the betterment of the community, as well as whether it could serve as a model to be replicated in other communities. All submissions must have been completed, in whole or in part, on or after January 1, 2013.

Submissions for the awards will be accepted until November 6 and finalists will be notified on December 21.  For more information about the ULI New York Awards for Excellence in Development or to apply, please visit newyork.uli.org.