The North District Council of the Urban Land Institute has announced the finalists of its inaugural Impact Awards program. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at Union Station on Thursday, March 19. Also at the event, Ross Perot Sr. and Ross Perot Jr. will be presented with the first-ever Vision Award. The honor recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the field of real estate development (or a related area) in the North Texas region.
The Impact Awards are broken down into four categories—three that recognize “built” projects and one that recognizes a planned development. The finalists, selected by a jury of ULI members from outside the North Texas region, are:
Innovation Award: Recognizes originality and creativity in development, including design, placemaking, support of public transit, green techniques, financing, innovative land use or community planning, and other inventive features. The finalists are: Prescott Realty Group’s BLVD multifamily development; TBG Partners’ design for the Harvest development in Northlake, being developed by Hillwood; and the Beck Group’s Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Musem of Art.
Influence Award: Recognizes a project, policy, or program that creates a positive impact beyond its immediate borders or catalyzes the development of the surrounding community, resulting in a lasting effect on the built environment. The finalists are the City of Plano’s Downtown Plano Transit Village, Catalyst Urban’s Lancaster Urban Village Development, and Cooper & Stebbins’ Southlake Town Square.
Public Place Award: Recognizes a project that provides the public with enhanced civic, open, or public space access or experiences. The finalists are the Dallas Arboretum Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden and Sundance Square Plaza in Fort Worth, both submitted by Beg Gropu, and SWA Group’s landscape and urban design plan for the Katy Trail.
Next Big Idea Award: Recognizes innovative ideas with the potential to positively impact the quality of life in North Texas. The winner of this award will be determined by an audience vote during the March 19 event. The finalists are ASH+LIME Strategies’ proposal “Community Development as Economic Development,” Omniplan’s designs for the Dallas Midtown-Valley View/Galleria Area Plan, and Trinity River Vision Authority’s Panther Island development in Fort Worth.
For details on the awards program and March 19 event, visit www.northtexas.uli.org.