By: Stacy Patton and Bill Halter
Each year, a group of dedicated and willing Urban Land Institute (ULI) members in the Atlanta District Council form the Awards Committee to plan for our annual Awards for Excellence Dinner. This planning process typically takes about 6 months and is a big lift for all of those involved, but critical in advancing the local mission of ULI Atlanta to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and create sustaining and thriving communities.
As we began the planning process for the 24th Annual Awards for Excellence Dinner, a few common threads emerged. The Awards Committee brainstormed themes that represented the impressive group of nominations that were submitted, and also how Atlanta seemed to be on fire right now with corporate relocations, creative adaptive reuse projects and inspiring designs. And that’s when it struck us.
We chose Atlanta Ignited, because ignite is a verb and encapsulates the energy, passion and instigating momentum happening here. Atlanta ignited is not just about the city or even the region, it is our whole mega region including our neighbors in Birmingham.
Atlanta is a trendsetter, and one of the top places to which young people are migrating. Atlanta is a destination and the projects submitted this year represent a broad array of project types, designs, inspirations, owners and collaborators. No one is creating bland projects, but rather the flame inside ULI members and others who have submitted is lit.
The Awards for Excellence has five categories this year, further highlighting the energy in our industries right now. At least two finalists have been selected in the categories of Housing, Office/Mixed-Use, Adaptive Reuse, Public Realm and Civic/Institution. It’s never easy to narrow down from a list of the Southeast’s most acclaimed projects (the Atlanta District Council’s jurisdiction covers all of Georgia, Alabama, and Eastern Tennessee). Our finalists for the 24th Annual Awards include:
Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail
Atlanta Streets Alive
Birmingham Intermodal Facility
Home at the Battery
Larkin on Memorial
Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation and Aquatic Center
This year’s venue also highlights how the whole city is as connected as ever, through transit options, the BeltLine and other trail systems. Monday Night Garage is the perfect setting to celebrate the theme, Atlanta Ignited, the Awards for Excellence winners and most importantly, the impact Atlanta is having on the rest of the country.
Located along Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail, Monday Night Garage anchors Lee + White, and is accompanied by other local, artisanal food and beverage purveyors. Trust me, we’re going to incorporate as much fervor for flavor into this year’s awards as our awards submitters have added to their projects. Please join us on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at Monday Night Garage, located at 933 Lee Street SW for ULI Atlanta’s 24th Annual Awards for Excellence Dinner. Additional details can be found here.
Stacy Patton is the Real Estate Director at Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. Bill Halter is a Principal at Cooper Carry. Stacy and Bill are the ULI Atlanta Awards Committee Co-Chairs
This article originally appeared in the Saporta Report from the week of June 25, 2018.