As an international nonprofit research and education organization, ULI recognizes outstanding “wavemaking” real estate developments, related programs, and visionaries in worldwide urban development. On Thursday, October 5th, a record 400+ industry professionals gathered at the Monument City Brewing Company Building in East Baltimore to celebrate ULI Baltimore’s Ninth Annual Wavemaker Awards, a distinguished event where exceptional local development projects are honored.
In June, ULI Baltimore issued a “Call for Entry” and received 35 outstanding nominations, which featured a diversity of developments in the local region including adaptive reuse, renovation, and new construction projects. Ultimately, ten projects were selected by the judges to be recognized with the prestigious Wavemaker Award. The award winners were:
1. Open Works
2. R. House
3. Anthem House
4. Sagamore Pendry Baltimore
5. City Arts 2
6. Eager Park
7. Sultana Education Foundation – Richard & Virginia Holt Center
8. The Rotunda
9. Mulberry at Park
10. North Barclay Green 3
All projects submitted were on display at the event and eligible for the People’s Choice Award. As guests entered the event, they were given a bottle cap to cast their vote for one of the projects. As the program began, votes were tallied and the results announced live during the program. This year’s People’s Choice Award winner was R. House.
ULI Baltimore also presents a Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given to an individual that:
- has been a recognized leader in the development community for over 2 decades
- has touched all aspects of development including acquisition, design, finance, and implementation
- has volunteered their time and/or resources to help advance the industry; and
- is admired by their peers and respected by many with their Lifetime accomplishments
Bill Struever of Cross Street Partners was honored as the 2017 ULI Lifetime Achievement Award Winner.
In addition to recognizing a Lifetime Achievement Award winner, the Baltimore District Council also recognizes a “ULI Baltimore Distinguished Leader.” This award is given to an individual that exemplifies excellence in leadership and is a solid, contributing member of the District Council. Josh Halbedel was recognized and completely surprised, as this year’s distinguished leader. He has been an active member of ULI for the past 12 years. During that time, he has been active with ULI Baltimore’s Young Leaders Committee, has coordinated countless chapter events—from our Leadership Forum program to volunteering events at charities around the city—and he now serves on the District Council Management Committee.
Of course, the entire program and event wouldn’t have been possible without the tireless work of the Wavemaker committee – Kim Clark as District Council Chair, Dominick Dunnigan as Wavemaker committee chair and a diverse group of hard working committee members including Emily Brown, Sean Davis, Josh Halbedel, Lisa Harlow, John Harris, Caroline Hecker, Arjun Hosakere, Ed Joffe, John Lange, Linda Lo Cascio, Brooke Morgan, Josh Neiman, Dan Pallace, Kristian Spannhake, Bryce Turner, and of course the wonderful and dedicated ULI Baltimore staff Lisa Norris, Danielle Dunlap, and Maya Dillard.