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Greater Richmond real estate stars shine at eight annual awards gala

Rich Wire April 23, 2009 1

On Wednesday evening, April 22nd, before a record crowd, the Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate (GRACRE) honored the area’s brightest real estate stars at the Eighth Annual Real Estate Stars Awards Gala. The signature event, which was held at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, has become the preeminent event honoring outstanding commercial real estate projects in the Metropolitan Richmond region. This year GRACRE presented awards in 10 categories. David Auman, GRACRE president and Mistress of Ceremonies Lucy Meade, Director of Marketing and Development for Venture Richmond, kept the Awards evening flowing with a combination of charm and humor. President of signature sponsor Hourigan Construction, Mark Hourigan presented the 2009 Project of the Year Award to The National Theater/Gibson’s Grill.

The 2009 honorees are:

The National Theater/Gibson’s Grill—The 2009 Project of the Year
Developer: RIC Properties Capital Ventures, LLC
Architect: Johannas Design Group
Consultants:
Interior Design: HL Reed Design
Structural Engineering: Dunbar Milby Williams Pittman & Vaughan
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineering: Dunlap and Partners
Civil Engineering: Timmons Group
General Contractor: Conquest, Moncure & Dunn, Inc.
Lender: Paragon Commercial Bank

Reynolds Crossing—The Merit Award for Best Development of the Year
Developer:
Reynolds Development (Bon Secours Heart Institute MOB, Reynolds Office Building, The Westin Richmond)
Lingerfelt Companies (Bon Secours Heart Institute MOB, Reynolds Office Building)
Musselman Hotels (The Westin Richmond)
Architect:
Odell Associates (Bon Secours Heart Institute MOB, Reynolds Office Building)
Thomas Hamilton (The Westin Richmond)
Interior Design:
Commonwealth Architects (Reynolds Office Building)
Evolve Architecture, Inc. (Reynolds Office Building)
Consultants:
Clocktower Advisory Services (Reynolds Office Building, The Westin Richmond)
Schnabel Engineering Associates (Bon Secours Heart Institute MOB, Reynolds Office Building)
Higgins & Gerstenmaier (Bon Secours Heart Institute MOB, Reynolds Office Building)
James River Nursery (Bon Secours Heart Institute MOB, Reynolds Office Building)
General Contractor:
Hourigan Construction (Bon Secours Heart Institute MOB)
Kjellstrom & Lee (Reynolds Office Building)
Lender:
Union Bank & Trust (Bon Secours Heart Institute MOB)
BB&T (Reynolds Office Building, The Westin Richmond)
Engineer:
RKK Engineering (Bon Secours Heart Institute MOB)
VHB (Reynolds Office Building, The Westin Richmond)
Kenbridge Construction (The Westin Richmond)
Shelton Corporation (The Westin Richmond)

The Power Plant at Lucky Strike—The Best Renovated or Historic Rehabilitation Project
Developer: Mac Partners, LLC
Project Management: Property Results, LLC
Architect/Engineer:
Odell Associates
Rummel, Klepper and Kahl, LLC
Historic Consultant: Sadler and Whitehead
General Contractor: MGT Construction
Lender: Wells Fargo Bank

The Mews at Cary Mill—The Best Multi-Family Project
Developer: Cary Place Mill, LLC
Architect: Johannas Design Group
Consultants:
Structural Engineering: Dunbar Milby Williams Pittman & Vaughan
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineering: HS Engineering, Inc.
Civil Engineering: Timmons Group
General Contractor: Monument Construction
Lender: Paragon Commercial Bank

The Faison School for Autism—The Best Institutional or Public Project
Developer: 1701 Byrd Avenue, LLC
Architect/Interior Design: Baskervill
Consultants:
Structural Engineering: Baskervill
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineering: Baskervill
Civil Engineering: Balzer and Associates
General Contractor: Hourigan Construction

Luck Stone Headquarters—The Best Office Building
Developer: Luck Stone Corporation
Architect/Interior Design: SBMW Architects
Consultants:
Structural Engineering: Fox & Associates
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineering: Hurd & Obenchain, Inc
Civil Engineering: Timmons Group
General Contractor: KBS
Custom Millwork: 3sixty LLC

The National Theater/Gibson’s Grill —The Best Recreational, Entertainment or Hospitality Project
Developer: RIC Properties Capital Ventures, LLC
Architect: Johannas Design Group
Consultants:
Interior Design: HL Reed Design
Structural Engineering: Dunbar Milby Williams Pittman & Vaughan
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineering: Dunlap and Partners
Civil Engineering: Timmons Group
General Contractor: Conquest, Moncure & Dunn, Inc.
Lender: Paragon Commercial Bank

designforum—The Best Interior Design Project
Developer: designforum
Architect: Cornerstone Architects
Consultants:
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineering: CCRD Partners
General Contractor: MGT Construction
Custom Design/Fabrication: Tektonics
Furnishings: Smarter Interiors, Eco Supply
Project Manager/Broker: CB RichardEllis
Lender: First Market Bank

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World at Winding Brook—The Best Commercial or Retail Project
Developer: Holladay Properties, Inc.
Project Architect of Record: CASCO Corporation
Consultants:
Design: Bass Pro Shops
Imagery Consultant: Bass Pro Shops
Project Management: Bass Pro Shops
Landscape Design: Higgins & Gerstenmaier
Developer’s Contractor: Holladay Construction Group
General Contractor: Parkes Construction
Fabrications: Bass Pro Shops
Aquarium: Cost of Wisconsin
Lender: Wells Fargo Bank

Brown Distributing Corporate Headquarters— The Best R&D, Flex, or Industrial Project
Developer: Brown Distributing
Architect/Interior Design: Baskervill
Consultants: Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
General Contractor: James N. Gray Company

The 2009 Awards Sponsors included:

Hourigan Construction—Signature Sponsor
Hirschler Fleischer—The Best Renovated or Historic Rehabilitation Project Award
Kjellstrom & Lee — The Best Institutional of Public Project Award
LeClair Ryan — The Best Office Building Award
Monument Construction — The Best Multi-Family Project Award
Holladay Properties —The Best Recreational, Entertainment or Hospitality Project Award
LF Jennings—The Best Commercial or Retail Project Award
MGT Construction— The Best Interior Design Project Award
Baskervill— The Best R&D, Flex, or Industrial Project Award
Fulton Bank—Bar Sponsor
Lion’s Paw Development—Bar Sponsor
Professional Services Industries (PSI)—Food Sponsor
Hines—Flowers and Music Sponsor

The GRACRE Real Estate Awards were established in 2000 to recognizes a single MetroRichmond area project — Renovated or Historic Rehabilitation, Multi-family, Institutional, Office Building, Recreational or Entertainment, Interior, Commercial or Retail — as the best in the Greater Richmond area Beginning in 2007, the awards have grown to recognize the best projects in individual real estate categories.

About GRACRE
The Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate (GRACRE) provides opportunities for professionals in all disciplines relating to commercial real estate to interact with one another. GRACRE encompasses the City of Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, and Henrico.

GRACRE is the only organization in Richmond whose primary mission is to be an advocate for commercial property owners, developers, and related professionals. GRACRE proactively addresses issues affecting the commercial real estate industry in Richmond. For upcoming events or membership information log on to www.GRACRE.org.

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One Comment »

  1. Eric M. Engler April 25, 2009 at 12:45 am - Reply

    I read with interest all the categories and awards. I have seen a few of the projects and agree that they are appealing. I wonder what criteria decided the winners. Since I know everything, I’ll volunteer just a few ideas other than building type for the 2010 awards:

    Environmental Friendliness
    Energy Efficiency
    Tenant Safety
    Local External Traffic Impact
    Tenant & Visitor Ingress/Parking/Egress
    Elder and Child Friendly
    Neighborhood Compatibility
    Appropriate Interior & Exterior Signage

    Most important to all concerned, including prospective tenants, was the two-headed monster safely contained? Its heads are named TIME and MONEY. It would be fun to derive a formula for that award!

    Many in commercial real estate and many businesses which serve the industry have suffered in the past few years. Many of the survivors have emerged leaner than before and are more willing and capable of refocusing their efforts. This is an excellent time to notify the community that the categories for the 2010 awards will represent construction priorities and goals.

    If you read this far, thank you for your time. I look forward to your reply.
    Eric

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