[Skip to Content]


IMPORTANT: The name/logo of the applicant and/or team members cannot be listed on any submitted material (including jpgs) with the exception of the Entry Form and Owner/Developer Permission Letter/Email. The only exception is in the case of a project name being the same as the applicant (i.e. “XYZ Office Headquarters” submitted by XYZ).


       BUILDING – Include number of floors, overall gross square footage (SF) of building and actual cost.     

       DATA CENTER – Include number of floors, overall gross SF, megawatts, speed to market & delivery       

       INTERIORS – Include total square footage of project and hard construction costs per SF.

       MIXED USE – Include percentage of uses, number of buildings.

       MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL Include number of buildings, floors, number of units, average SF/unit, unit mix.

       R&D/INDUSTRIAL/FLEX – Include ceiling heights


       Submit 8-10 images of the project. Site plans and/or floor plans will be mandatory depending on the category.

       Include an aerial image, if possible, for Master Plan category.

       Include labeled “before and after” photos, if possible, from same angle for Adaptive Re-Use or Capital Improvement.

       Interior Tenant Spaces – show employee work area in addition to public area. A floorplan is required.

       Crisp clear photos are essential. Professional photos are preferred.

       Photos should relate to narrative. Renderings are only accepted for Master Plan submissions.


OVERALL CONCEPT Discuss the goal, plan and implementation; the compatibility and diversity of the use groups; the overall project design concept; and the project success. Context of the submission to its surroundings can be helpful to judges. Limit 300 words.

DESIGN Identify specific design ideas including benefits/amenities. Address zoning, code, site/building constraints, client limitations, and possible COVID-19 impact. Limit 300 words.

DIFFICULTY/ACHIEVEMENT OF GOALS Describe any product, materials, or construction methods used to solve the design issues, aiding in the success of the project. Were there adverse external issues encountered during construction that had an impact?  Limit 300 words.

SUSTAINABILITY Talk about how the project incorporated sustainable and/or innovative design elements, construction methods or practices, or features that address the well-being of tenants and project users.  Does the project have a LEED or similar rating? Limit 300 words.



An existing building that has been transformed from its original use and building type to a completely new and different use. Illustrate the transformation with comparison photos.


A desirable interior or exterior common area that provides comfort or convenience for tenants occupying the property. Examples include roof top decks, conference rooms, lounges, fitness areas, outdoor game areas, etc. Projects are not part of an overall base building renovation.


Any building constructed for a private, public or quasi-public entity. It does not have to be an office building.


An existing base building that has undergone improvements to or reconstruction of major common components or systems. Examples include canopies, partial recladding of façade, common areas and/or amenities that can encompass a public lobby or public space, interior or exterior, of a building. The building improvements can include elevators, MEP systems, restrooms, common tenant corridors or outdoor spaces intended for use of the building occupants. Illustrate the transformation with comparison photos. If the purpose is to create an amenity only, submit the project in Building Amenity.


Creative projects or amenities that benefit the community at large. May be related to a building or master planned project but does not have to be in a building. The physical project can be green space or educational, artistic, historical in nature. Demonstrate the community need being met by the project.


A building constructed primarily for housing a data center.


Hospitality (customer service) projects include luxury hotels, resort/theme hotels, convention hotels/conference centers, limited-service hotels (motels), and/or casinos. 


An interior design and construction project, excluding retail/restaurant space and building common area. Finished space should reflect the mission/brand of the tenant. Include photos of work space and floor plan(s). Spec suites and co-working spaces that are intended to create revenue via a lease term or management agreement will be considered. Based on submissions, category will be split according to square footage.


An illustrated and rendered plan showing pedestrian, transit, and vehicular connections as well as the proposed structures and landscaping. This category is for a mixed-use project such as town center, corporate, educational, institutional, and industrial park or multiple building projects with a campus or central theme. Exclusively residential projects will not be considered. The master plan must have been approved by the local jurisdiction after January 1, 2017 with at least one building and/or the site infrastructure under construction by August 31, 2022. 


New predominantly commercial or residential project that has at least one additional use. Can be more than one building. Detail the percentages of each use and provide photos of all uses.


A new facility designed to house residents or families in separate units (i.e., apartment, condominium, and/or senior living) contained within one building or several buildings within one complex. Discuss any amenities and/or affordable housing components. The category will be split according to submissions received. Interior photos, site plan, and floor plans required.


A building constructed primarily for office use, excluding Build-to-Suit. Interior photos will enhance the submission. Site plan is required.


A building constructed primarily for R&D/Industrial/Flex.


New projects can be street front, a suite in a retail center, first floor of a commercial office building, or a stand-alone pad site.