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ULI North Texas Honors Roger Staubach at 4th Annual Impact Awards: PRESS RELEASE














Press release:


ULI North Texas Honors
Roger Staubach at 4th Annual Impact Awards

Dallas, Texas, October 31th, 2018

For Immediate release:


The North Texas District Council of the Urban Land Institute honored retail giant and Dallas Legend Roger Staubach with its prestigious Vision Award on Thursday evening, October 25th Over 500 of the region’s real estate leaders packed the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Dallas Hotel to salute Roger Staubach’s real estate career, leadership, and dedication to improving the lives of those around him.  Staubach, who entered the real estate world in 1971 as a back-up to his football career, went on to found The Staubach Company, an innovator in tenant brokerage.  Staubach subsequently sold his company to JLL and continued there until his retirement last summer.

Following the presentation of the Vision Award, Staubach and his long-time friend and Naval Academy roommate, real estate developer and philanthropist Ron Terwilliger, held a “fireside chat” on stage.  Their wide-ranging conversation included stories from the world of professional sports as well as real estate, including a recounting of Staubach’s amusement at being recognized on an overseas trip as “the real estate guy” instead of for his early success with the Dallas Cowboys.

Impact Awards recognize impactful developments


The evening continued with ULI’s Impact Award presentations, featuring many of DFW’s high-profile new developments.  The finalists and winners of these awards were selected by a five-person jury comprised of experienced ULI members from around the country.

In the Innovation category, the award went to 400 Record, a stunning reposition of a well-known Dallas property, designed by Gensler.  Other finalists were The Boardwalk at Granite Park, submitted by Omniplan, and Shake Shack at Crescent Pavilion, submitted by The Beck Group.  Zach Edwards, Gensler Principal, commented “Gensler is honored to be recognized by ULI North Texas for the 2018 Innovation Impact Award for our repositioning of 400 Record. The design team is proud to have the project receive this recognition for accomplishing our client’s vision to transform and revitalize an important piece of Downtown Dallas.”

The evening’s next award was in the Public Places category. The jury selected the Dallas Arboretum and Botanic Garden’s “A Tasteful Place” submitted by Rogers-O’Brien, as the winning entry.  Following the event, Justin McAfee, President of the company, noted “RO is honored to have received two Impact Awards in the Influence and Public categories. I’m proud of our Legacy West and A Tasteful Place teams for delivering excellent projects that are impactful to our community. We are happy to support the educational programs and volunteer outreach of ULI North Texas and look forward to participating in 2019 and beyond.”  Other Public Places finalists were HALL Texas Sculpture Walk, developed by HALL Group, and The Trailhead at Clearfork, submitted by Cassco Development Co.

The Influence Award, the ULI jury recognized developments that have a positive impact beyond their own borders.  Finalists in the Influence category included The Commercial Development of DFW International Airport, submitted by DFW, and Factory Six03, submitted by GFF Architects.  The winner of the Influence Award was the Legacy West, also submitted Rogers-O’Brien Construction.

The Jury was impressed by the extensive attention to sustainability features and future flexibility in the design of the Toyota Motor North America Headquarters complex, and opted to create a special category of “Excellence in Execution and Sustainable Design” to honor the project, submitted by KDC. Michael Alost of KDC noted, “We are honored for ULI North Texas to recognize the thoughtful process used to the develop a new home for Toyota Motor North America.   Toyota is a true partner, and together with Corgan and Austin Commercial, we created a LEED Platinum headquarters for now and into the future.”


 “The Next Big Idea”


The popular finale for this annual ULI Awards Event was the live competition for “The Next Big Idea.”  The applicants in this category presented their concepts on-stage, with the audience then voting for the winner via cell phone texts. The competition was close, with the Epic Central at Grand Prairie, presented by the City of Grand Prairie, DSGN Associates’ design for Urban Commons, and the concept of Smart Growth for Dallas, presented by The Trust for Public Land, all receiving significant support.  The Smart Growth for Dallas collaborative planning and mapping concept emerged as the winner.  Molly Plummer, who presented the Smart Growth concept on stage, noted that over 100 contributors had participated in developing this program.  Plummer stated “We are extremely grateful to have received such support for Smart Growth for Dallas and the Decision Support Tool.  This effort that would not be possible without our partners at Texas Trees Foundation, buildingcommunityWORKSHOP, and City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department. Together we believe we can build a greener, healthier, and more resilient Dallas and we are excited for what is next for the Smart Growth for Dallas tool.”

Proceeds to Aid Volunteer Outreach and Scholarship Programs


Proceeds of the ULI Impact Awards Event are used to help fund the educational and volunteer programs of ULI North Texas, including its UrbanPlan curriculum for area high schools and universities and its career education and mentoring program with the Boys and Girls Clubs, “Building Industry Leaders” (BIL).  The BIL program is expanding into Fort Worth this year, and the North Texas group is working on further growth of the program within the national ULI platform.  The UrbanPlan program is used in area universities and high schools, and a newly updated version also is available for local elected and appointed officials.  UrbanPlan uses a combination of computer modeling, team competition and Lego blocks to illustrate the complex factors involved in land use decisions.  To emphasize the UrbanPlan program, the centerpieces at this years Impact Awards were sets of Lego blocks that are being donated to local charities.

About the Urban Land Institute


The Urban Land Institute is a non-profit, education and research institute, supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in sustaining and creating, thriving communities worldwide.  Established in 1936, the Institute has roughly 42,000 members worldwide and over 1400 members in North Texas, representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.


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