After months of rounding up projects for judging, organizing jury teams, calling on potential sponsors, and planning the program down to the smallest detail, the ULI NT Impact Award Event Committee members were able to bask in the glow of a job well done on Thursday, March 19. The 300 people who attended the Impact Awards were wowed by the extensive live remarks from H. Ross Perot, Sr., the captivating video prepared to tell the Hillwood/Perot story, and the professional quality of the entire program. Our Master of Ceremonies, Steve Brown, and Clyde Jackson, who led the Perot interview, kept the program lively and on schedule.
And the Impact Award winners are:
Innovation: Harvest, a Hillwood residential community submitted by TBG, received this Award for the project’s groundbreaking approach to “live smart” principles and environmentally friendly development. Other finalists for the Innovation award included Prescott Realty Group’s BLVD and The Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum. This award was presented by Jamie Fox of Bank of America.
Influence: This Award went to the City of Plano’s Downtown Plano Transit Village for the transformation of a formerly neglected area into a vibrant, TOD and pedestrian-friendly neighborhood. Other finalists in this category were Catalyst Urban Development’s Lancaster Urban Village and Cooper and Stebbins’ Southlake Town Center. Trey Morsbach of HFF, our Presenting Sponsor for the evening, presented this award.
Public Place Award: The Katy Trail, submitted by SWA Group, received the inaugural Public Place Award, for successfully creating 30 new acres of urban park land and linking 125 acres of other space into a contiguous green space in the heart of Dallas. Other finalists for the Public Place Award included the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum and Sundance Square Plaza in Fort Worth, both submitted by the Beck Group.
The winner of the live voting for The Next Big Idea was Trinity River Vision Authority’s Panther Island development in Fort Worth. Other finalists in this category were ASH+LIME Strategies’ proposal entitled “Community Development as Economic Development” and Omniplan’s Dallas Midtown-Valley View/Galleria Area Plan. The Award Event audience quickly grasped the concept of voting by cell phone and enjoyed this novel end to the evening.