2004 Pillars of the Industry Award Winners

Prestigious national awards honor excellence in multifamily

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The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced the winners of its 2004 Pillars of the Industry Awards. The Pillars Awards, considered the most prestigious national awards in the industry, honor excellence in multifamily and are looked to by both the industry and the media as a showcase of innovation and future trends.

“The quality represented by this year’s Pillars Awards winners cannot be overstated,” said J. Ronald Terwilliger, CEO of Trammell Crow Residential and Chairman of NAHB’s Multifamily Leadership Board. “The days of the ‘boring box’ apartment building are over-they are history. Today’s apartment and condo communities are extraordinarily beautiful and innovative and these award winners, in particular, are setting a new standard for apartment living.”

Winners were named in 29 categories, recognizing “the best of the best” in multifamily design, development, marketing, and management.

Southern California Housing Development Corporation won top honors as Freddie Mac’s Multifamily Development Firm of the Year. Gables Residential was named Property Management Company of the Year, and the Epicenter, an eclectic apartment development in the center of an artist’s neighborhood in Seattle, won Best Multifamily Community of the Year, an award selected from among all the winning entries in the builder award categories. Developed by SP Multifamily, LLC, The Epicenter also won Best Mixed-Use Community of the Year.

Adrian Corbiere, senior vice president of Multifamily at Freddie Mac, which sponsored the Pillars Awards Gala held recently in Palm Springs, California, in conjunction with NAHB’s annual multifamily conference, presented the Freddie Mac Multifamily Development Firm of the Year Award to Southern California Housing Corporation’s Executive Director, Rebecca Clark. In presenting the award, Corbiere praised SoCal Housing’s commitment to affordable housing and to making such a positive contribution to the lives of its apartment residents through educational and social programs.

“We are pleased to be a partner in celebrating the great work being done nationwide by apartment and condominium developers,” said Corbiere. “Our new Chairman and CEO Dick Syron has reinvigorated the entire company’s focus on our affordable housing mission, and our goal, day in and day out, is to ensure that builders have access to the funds they need to create multifamily housing, especially for those families who have to stretch to put a roof over their heads.” Freddie Mac is one of the nation’s largest investors in multifamily housing and has helped make affordable rental housing possible for more than two million families.

ABOUT NAHB
The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 215,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. Known as “the voice of the housing industry,” NAHB is affiliated with more than 800 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB’s builder members will construct about 80% of the more than 1.77 million new housing units projected for 2004, making housing one of the largest engines of economic growth in the country.

Best Garden Apartment Community (4 stories and under) Secondary Market
LOONEY RICKS KISS
Providence at Old Meridian, Carmel, IN

Best Luxury Rental Apartment Primary Market
MITHUN ARCHITECTS+DESIGNS+PLANNERS
Thea’s Landing, Tacoma, WA

Best Luxury Rental Apartment Secondary Market
AVALONBAY COMMUNITIES, INC.
Avalon at Newton Highlands, Newton, MA

Best Mid-Rise Rental Apartment Community (5-8 stories)
ECHELON RESIDENTIAL
LOONEY RICKS KISS ARCHITECTS (architect of record)
Echelon at Uptown, Orlando, FL

Best High-Rise Rental Apartment Community (9 stories and above)
SIMMONS, VEDDER & CO.
3333 Allen Parkway, Houston, TX

Best Loft Community
CREATIVE DESIGN CONSULTANTS, LLC
Markethouse Lofts, San Jose,CA

Best Mixed-Use Community
SP MULTIFAMILY, LLC
The Epicenter, Seattle, WA

Best For Sale Multifamily Community: 15 units per acre or less
RNM ARCHITECTURE PLANNING
The New American Home, Henderson, NV

Best For Sale Community: 15-40 units per acre (two winners)
RNM ARCHITECTURE PLANNING
Park Avenue, Henderson, NV
STH ARCHITECTURAL GROUP, INC.
One Watermark Place, West Palm Beach, FL

Best For Sale Community: More than 40 units per acre
SGN+A
Capitol Point Condominiums, Madison, WI

BUILDER CATEGORIES
Best Garden Rental Apartment Community (Four stories and under) Primary Market
LEFEVRE CORPORATION
7 Fountains, West Hollywood, CA

Best Student Housing Apartment Community
MITHUN ARCHITECTS+DESIGNS+PLANNERS
Stephen Epler Hall, Portland, OR

Best Affordable Apartment Community
SIMPSON HOUSING SOLUTIONS
Mountain View Senior Apartments, Ontario, CA

Best Site Plan-Urban
MEEKS + PARTNERS
The Metro, Denver, CO

Best Site Plan-Suburban
LOONEY RICKS KISS
Villas at St. John’s, Jacksonville, FL

Best Repositioning or Rehabilitation of an Apartment Asset
THE HOUSING STUDIO, PA
Roosevelt, Washington, DC

Most Creative Financing of an Apartment Community
JMG REALTY, INC.
Greenwood Apartments, Clearwater, FL

MARKETING CATEGORIES
Best Signage Program at a Multifamily Community
LANE INVESTMENT & DEVELOPMENT CORP.
CityView at Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA

Best Brochure for Rental Apartments
LANE INVESTMENT & DEVELOPMENT CORP.
Valencia at South Miami Apartment Homes, South Miami, FL

Best Brochure for For Sale Multifamily
MERRICK TOWLE COMMUNICATIONS
11 Condos, Washington, DC

Best Clubhouse/Leasing Center
STYLE INTERIOR DESIGN
Water Terrace, Marina Del Rey, CA

Best Interior Merchandising at a Multifamily Community
MOORE DESIGN GROUP
The Marquis on McKinney, Dallas, TX

Best Overall Sales or Leasing Campaign for a Multifamily Community
MERRICK TOWLE COMMUNICATIONS
Park Millennium, Chicago, IL

Best Property Web Site
SARES REGIS GROUP
Watermarke Apartments & Townhomes de Luxe — www.watermarkeapts.com

INDIVIDUAL/FIRM CATEGORIES
Property Management Company of the Year
GABLES RESIDENTIAL
Atlanta, GA
Chris Wheeler, Chief Executive Officer

Regional/Multi-Site Manager of the Year
ANTHONY HOGREBE
Archstone-Smith

Property Manager of the Year
DARLENE MANNING
Bencor Asset Management

HCCP of the Year
JOSE APONTE
Cameo Professionals, Inc.

Pillars Project of the Year
SP MULTIFAMILY, LLC
The Epicenter, Seattle

Freddie Mac Multifamily Development Firm of the Year
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HOUSING DEBELOPMENT CORPORATION
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
John Seymour, CEO
Rebecca Clark, Executive Director