Developers in Baltimore came together last Thursday to celebrate their own. The Baltimore District Council of The Urban Land Institute hosted the first annual WaveMaker Awards event at the Legg Mason Tower in Inner Harbor East. The awards were given to developers whose local projects are unique, innovative, and visionary; the seven WaveMaker recipients were honored alongside the national ULI's Heritage Award Winner, Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
Earlier this year, ULI Headquarters honored Baltimore's Inner Harbor with its prestigious Heritage Award. The award is bestowed periodically on developments that have demonstrated industry excellence and made substantial contributions to their community's well-being for at least 25 years. Only eight developments have been selected to recieve the prestigious award in the past 35 years.
"Through the redevelopment of 192 acres of dilapidated and abandoned waterfront property, the Baltimore Inner Harbor catalyzed reinvestment in Baltimore -- supporting more than 50,000 new jobs, generating $60 million in new tax revenue, and generating a $4 billion tourism industry that was previously non-existent. The harbor now stands as the model for post-industrial waterfront redevelopment around the world," states the national selection
The ULI Baltimore also recognized the seven recent local projects that demonstrate industry excellence with the WaveMaker Award.
These projects are respectful of their surrounding neighborhood, economy, history, geography, and local government, and provide strong economic returns to stakeholders. The WaveMakers were able to stretch the boundaries of what was considered possible and accelerate sustainable, prosperous development in Baltimore.
"ULI Baltimore is excited to build on the Heritage Award presented to Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The WaveMaker Award is an excellent opportunity to acknowledge the developers and projects that are shaping Baltimore's skyline," notes ULI Baltimore Chair, Caroline G. Moore.
The 2009 WaveMakers are:
Miller's Court, 2601 N. Howard St., Seawall Development Company
Silo Point, 1200 Steuart St., Turner Development Group
Legg Mason Tower, 100 International Dr., H&S Properties Development Corp.
Fairfield Inn by Marriott, 101 S. President St., Summit Associates LLC/A&R Development Corp.
Towns at Orchard Ridge, 4020 Maple Ridge Dr., Pennrose Properties/Doracon Development LLC
Baltimore Medical System's Highlandtown Healthy Living Center, 3700 Fleet Street, Highlandtown Development, LLC
American Brewery, 1701 N. Gay Street, Humanim