Elvis' Childhood Apartment Rehab Among Pillars Winners
Trendy loft apartments in the RCA building, an artist colony for seniors and a rehabilitated public housing development including Elvis Presley’s childhood apartment were among this year’s innovative winners of the NAHB Pillars of the Industry Awards.
Considered the most prestigious in the multifamily housing industry, the awards honor excellence in apartment and condo design, development, marketing and management. Winners were recognized for excellence and superior leadership in more than 30 categories as part of the annual Pillars conference for apartment and condo developers held April 11-13 in Hollywood, Fla.
"These award-winning projects are proof-positive that multifamily housing in this country just keeps getting better and better," said Leonard Wood, managing partner of the Atlanta-based Wood Partners, LLC, and chairman of NAHB's Multifamily Leadership Board. "We saw tremendous innovation across so many categories — from luxury condos to student housing — but what is most impressive is what multifamily builders are doing to serve the needs of families with low and moderate incomes, including military personnel."
Wood noted that this year's awards competition had the highest number of entries ever in the affordable housing categories, including four large-scale redevelopments of whole neighborhoods into mixed-income and mixed-use communities. Clark Realty Capital took top honors in the Best Neighborhood Revitalization category for its Monterey Bay Military Housing development in California.
The Multifamily Community of the Year Award, which is sponsored by Freddie Mac, went to the architectural firm Pappageorge/Haymes for its University Commons condominium community developed by The Enterprise Companies in downtown Chicago. The site of a former fruit and vegetable warehouse, the condo project also won the top award in the Best Adaptive Reuse (from a non-residential product to a condominium community) category.
NAHB named Forest City Residential the Freddie Mac Multifamily Development Firm of the Year. The Cleveland-based development firm with apartment and condominium projects nationwide was lauded particularly for its ability to seek out and successfully complete highly complex developments on a massive scale, such as redeveloping the former Denver airport into a residential community.
AvalonBay Communities of Alexandria, Va., was honored as the Property Management Company of the Year.
Following is the complete list of winners:
Builder Awards Category
- Best Garden Apartment Community (four stories & under) — Jefferson at Congressional Village; Rockville, Md.; JPI Multifamily, Inc.
- Best Rental Apartment Community (five stories or less, non-garden) — Shade at Desert Ridge; Phoenix; TCA Architecture-Planning, Inc.
- Best Mid-Rise Apartment — The Crescent at Fells Point; Baltimore; Design Collective, Inc.
- Best High-Rise Apartment (nine-plus stories) — Sky55; Chicago; Forest City Residential
- Best Affordable Apartment Community (40% of units must be affordable to people earning 60% or less of area median income) — Columbia Heritage Senior Residences; Atlanta; James, Harwick + Partners
- Best Affordable Neighborhood Revitalization (At the judges discretion, this category was created after reviewing the entries for Best Affordable Apartment Community — Monterey Bay Military Housing; Monterey, Calif.; Clark Realty Capital
- Best Student Housing Rental Apartment Community — Charles Commons; Baltimore; Design Collective, Inc.
- Best New Loft Community — Met Lofts; Los Angeles; Forest City Residential
- Best Adaptive Reuse (from non-residential product to rental apartments) — The Victor; Camden, N.J.; Dranoff Properties
- Best Garden/Small Scale Condo Community — Cienega; Long Beach, Calif.; Dahlin Group Architecture Planning
- Best Mid-Rise Condominium Community — 3303 Water Street; Washington, D.C.; Handel Architects
- Best High-Rise Condominium Community — The Parkside of One Bayshore; Tampa, Fla.; The Housing Studio
- Best Adaptive Reuse of a Condominium Community (from non-residential product to a condo community) — University Commons; Chicago; Pappageorge/Haymes, Ltd.
- Best Multifamily Community Site Plan — Austin Ranch - Phase IV; The Colony, Texas; James, Harwick + Partners
- Best Mixed-Use Community Site Plan — The Villages at Fort Belvoir; Fort Belvoir, Va.; Clark Realty Capital
- Best Condo-Hotel — TWELVE Atlantic Station; Atlanta; Novare Group
- Best Clubhouse at a Multifamily Community — Burbank Senior Artists Colony; Burbank, Calif.; Meta Housing Corporation
- Most Creative Financing of an Affordable Apartment Community — Dorado Senior Apartments Buena Park, Calif.; Simpson Housing Solutions, LLC
- Best Repositioning/Conversion of a Multifamily Asset (two winners) — 100 Park Ave.; Denver; KEPHART; and Uptown Square; Memphis, Tenn.; Looney Ricks Kiss Architects
Marketing Awards Category
- Best Leasing or Sales Center — South Lake Union Discovery Center; Seattle; Vulcan Real Estate
- Best Interior Merchandising at a Multifamily Community — The Depot; Ft. Worth, Texas; Moore Design Group
- Best Brochure for a Rental Apartment Community — Sky55; Chicago; Forest City Residential Management
- Best Brochure for a For-Sale Multifamily Community — The Phoenix; Philadelphia; Merrick Towle Communications
- Best Overall Sales Campaign for a Condominium Community — The Phoenix; Philadelphia; Merrick Towle Communications
- Best Overall Leasing Campaign for a Rental Apartment Community — University Park; Cambridge, Mass.; Forest City Residential Management
- Best Corporate Web Site — KSICondos.com/KSIBrokers.com; Vienna, Va.; KSI Services, Inc.
- Best Property Web Site — view14.com; View 14; Washington D.C.; HZDG
Individual/Firm Awards Category
- Property Manager of the Year — Linda Brooks; Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Tarragon Management, Inc.
- Property Management Company of the Year — AvalonBay Communities, Inc.; Alexandria, Va.
- Multifamily Development Firm of the Year — Forest City Residential; Cleveland
- NAHB Designation Awards — Registered in Apartment Manager (RAM) of the Year
- Henry A. Dubro, Advanced RAM — Douglas Elliman Property Management; New York