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Cornell-Tech, Empire Stores earn ULI recognition for outstanding work

The Cornell Tech Campus was developed by Forest City Ratner with Related and Hudson Companies.

The Cornell Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island and Empire Stores in Brooklyn were among 11 outstanding real estate development projects from around the globe selected as winners of the 2019 ULI Global Awards for Excellence.

The winners include seven projects in the United States, three in Asia, and one in Europe.

In New York, the Cornell Tech Campus Framework Plan & Phase I Site Development team included developers: Forest City Ratner Corporation, Hudson Companies, Related Companies, U3 Advisors, Cornell University, New York City Economic Development Corporation, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, James Corner Field Operations, Consultants, Karen Backus & Associates, Sirefman Ventures, Tishman Construction, AKF / In-Posse, Robert Silman, Philip Habib & Associates (PHA),; Two Twelve, Fried Frank, Jaros, Baum & Bolles, DeSimone Engineers, Cerami & Associates, Pentagram, Gleeds, Langan Engineering, RWDI Consulting Engineers and Scientists, Brandston Partnership.

The Empire Stores development team included Midtown Equities, HK Organization, Rockwood Capital, Studio V Architecture, S9 Architecture, Associate Architects, Perkins Eastman, General Contractor, Veracity Partners, Landscape Designer, Future Green Studio, Structural Engineer, Robert Silman Associates, MEP Engineer, Mottola Rini Engineers, LEED Consultant, Spiezle Architectural Group;,Lighting Consultant, Tillotson Design Associates

“Given the diversity and quality of the finalist entries this year, the jury was faced with a significant challenge to narrow the field to the ultimate winners,” said jury chairman Jacinta McCann, global design advisor to AECOM.

Empire Stores in Brooklyn

“In the end, the qualities that determined the winners included not only comprehensive design excellence, but also financing, programmatic innovation, sustainability, social equity, access and mobility enhancements, and local and regional economic stimulus. We were also pleased to see that a number of winning entries took advantage of optimizing transit-related infrastructure.”

“Our Global Awards for Excellence program is widely considered the centerpiece of ULI’s efforts to identify and promote best practices in all types of real estate development,” said ULI Global Chief Executive Officer W. Edward Walter. “Each of these winners demonstrates the key contribution that thoughtful, innovative development makes in the creation of a great urban experience.”

The Awards for Excellence program, established in 1979 and subsequently expanded to a global program, recognizes the full development process of a project beyond the core components of architecture and design.

Projects must be financially viable, substantially complete, and in stabilized operation to be eligible for the awards.

The criteria for the awards include leadership, market acceptance, relevance and positive contribution to the community, environmental stewardship and resiliency, replicability, and financial success.

The program has recognized many types of projects throughout its history, including office, residential, recreational, mixed use, industrial/office park, retail, new community, rehabilitation, and public realm.

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