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Distinction Awards: January 25, 2011
Events - ULI Houston Development of Distinction Awards

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Thank you to the 2011 Development of Distinction Awards Nominations Panel
GEOFFREY BOOTH, Youngblood Endowed Professor of Land Development, MSLD Program Coordinator, Texas A&M; JAMIE BREWSTER, Administrator, Upper Kirby District; BRAD FREELS, CEO, Midway Companies; SCOTT GALLOWAY, Executive Managing Director, HFF; JOHN F. "JEFF" GRAY, President, Grayco Partners; DAN LEVERETT, Vice President, Commercial Division, The Woodlands Development Company; and PATRICIA KNUDSON JOINER, CEO, Knudson LP. 

2011 Award Jury

A judging panel comprised of David Allman, Owner and Chairman of Regent Partners in Atlanta, Rick Cole, City Manager of Ventura, Calif., and Darcy Garneau, Managing Principal at EDI International in Seattle, toured each finalist project on November 17 and 18 to select winners. Winners will be announced at the annual Development of Distinction Awards dinner to be held at the Rice Crystal Ballroom on January 25, 2011.


Presenting Sponsor:

Host Sponsor:


Table Sponsors:

BBVA Compass
Children's Museum of Houston
Crescent Real Estate Equities
Haynes Whaley Associates
Lovett / InTown Homes
Midway Companies
New Hope Housing
Rogers Moore Engineers
Skanska USA Commercial Development
Walter P Moore
Wells Fargo

Congratulations to 2011 Award Finalists

Brays Crossing – developed by New Hope Housing


Capitol Oaks – developed by InTown Homes


Children's Museum of Houston Renovation - developed by the Children's Museum of Houston


Heritage Category

Greenway Plaza – owned by Crescent


Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land – developed by City of Sugar Land


Monarch School's Chrysalis Building – developed by The Monarch School

BP Helios Plaza – developed by BP America
BP Helios Plaza


Honorable Mention:

Memorial Park, Living Bridge owned by the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department

Memorial Park


Honorable Mention:

The Terraces – developed by Kaldis Development Interests

The Terraces

Award Eligibility Requirements

  • The project must be in stabilized operation and must be financially viable.
  • The project must achieve a high standard of excellence in all areas — design, construction, economics, marketing and management.
  • The project must demonstrate relevance to the contemporary and future needs of the community in which it is located.
  • The project must be worthy of emulation.
  • The financial viability of programs and processes, such as growth management strategies and publicly guided development programs, will be based upon the soundness of the investment of public funds and the extent to which the fully-implemented program or process has transformed communities and neighborhoods.

Eligibility Requirements - Heritage Award

The Heritage Award honors developments and programs that have been completed for a minimum of 25 years, have stood the test if time, and meet all other Award criteria.The application must be designated as a Heritage Award entry by checking the Heritage Award Entry box at the top of the Nomination Form.


  • Leadership
  • Contribution to the community
  • Reflection of the special character of our region or the community in which the project is located
  • Innovation Public/private partnership
  • Environmental compatibility, sustainability and stewardship
  • Responsiveness to societal needs
  • Financial success