And the award for best commercial real estate project goes to

The commercial real estate market has slowed down over the last couple of years, but that didn’t stop hundred of professionals from gathering last night to celebrate the best new projects in the Richmond.

Movieland at Boulevard Square was recognized as Project of the Year at the ninth annual Real Estate Awards Gala presented by GRACRE.

Movieland transformed the Richmond Steel Building at Leigh Street and Boulevard into the city’s only multiplex. It opened last February. The theater is owned by New York-based Bow Tie Partners. The architect was Commonwealth Architects and the contractor was CD Hall Companies.

The best retail or restaurant project award went to The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing. The developer was Kevin Healy and the WVS Companies. Architect Johannas Design Group, interior designer HL Reed Design and contractor J.D. Lewis Construction Management shared the recognition.

“I hired the right people,” said restaurant owner Kevin Healy before the awards were given out on how he felt to be nominated.

Healey said he was interested in the property, a former power plant that once was used to charge city street cars, before WVS even began marketing it. His restaurant opened last August and he said so far the vision has been a success and will only improve as more people move to the area.

Suburban retail developments Rutland Commons and Westchester Commons were also nominated for the same award.

Debbie Wake, the president of GRACRE, said she was pleasantly surprised by the record number of nominations this year.

“I think last year we were worried if we would haven enough project to field a program in 2010,” Wake said.

The nominations were narrowed down to 37 finalists and a panel of judges selected the 12 award winners.

Below is a list of the winning projects:

Project of the Year: Movieland at Boulevard Square

Best Retail or Restaurant Project: The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing

Best Institutional or Public Project: VCU Molecular Medicine Research Building

Honorable Mention, Institutional or Public Project: VCU Walter L. Rice Education Building

Best Interior Project: Altria Client Services Headquarters Annex

Best Mixed Use Project: Hilton Garden Inn/Miller and Rhoads

Best Multi-Family Project: Mayton Transfer Lofts

Best Office Building: MeadWestvaco Headquarters

Best R&D, Flex, or Industrial Project: GRTC Transit System Corporate Headquarters

Best Recreational, Entertainment or Hotel Project: Richmond CenterStage

Best Renovated or Historical Rehabilitation  Project: The Power Plant at Rocketts Landing

Deal of the Year Lease: BB&T at Riverfront Plaza

Deal of the Year Purchase: Culpepper Farms & Oaks at Gayton Apartments

Al Harris covers commercial real estate for BizSense. Please send news tips to [email protected]

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What a fantastic event! There were more than 200 attending and it was top notch! It is so nice to see the development community recognized at this award ceremony. Keep up the good work GRACRE!

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glad to see the winners included the boathouse Restaurant and especially the Movieland…..this was beyond words a tribute to the architect and GC…GREAT job! neat place. cool project. go see it if you haven’t been in