ULI names top Austin development projects

Feb 28, 2014
Austin Business Journal

The Urban Land Institute’s Austin chapter has unveiled the winners of the 2013 Awards of Distinction — and there were some surprises


The honorees were chosen from three categories: Public Impact, Private Development and Private Redevelopment


One winner announced at ULI's breakfast event on Wednesday was not a surprise, given the scope and high profile nature of the project. The Private Development award was given to the Circuit of The Americas, which has received other awards since it opened in November 2012. The team included Austin Commercial, Tilke Engineers & Architects, Patriot Erectors and Miro Rivera Architects


Other nominees were Lakeshore Pearl apartments and The 704 mixed-use project, which surrounds the Broken Spoke dance hall


The winner of the Public Impact award was a surprise. The Royal Blue Grocery patio at 609 Congress Ave. was selected for taking two parking spaces and converting them into a patio for patrons. The team included dwg., the urban landscape design firm, and Big Red Dog engineering


The competition for that award included Skyspace, the Color Inside, a public art installation at the University of Texas featuring internationally acclaimed artist James Turrell. Also in the running was the temporary installation of “20 Ft. Wide” alley project between Ninth and 10th streets, connecting Congress Avenue and Brazos Street


The winner of the Private Redevelopment award was the Hampton Inn & Suites at 1701 Lavaca St. The project was in limbo for some time during the recession and had been slated as a residential condominium development. A new team took over and converted it into a hotel, which the Austin Business Journal previously profiled. Vista Host is the owner and the team included Bounds & Gillespie Architects PLLC, EBCO General Contractor Ltd. and Datum Engineers


Other nominees were Benji’s Cantina on West Sixth Street — read more about that restaurant here— Bob’s Chop House at 301 Lavaca St. and Alamo Drafthouse headquarters on East Sixth Street


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