Developments of Excellence Awards

Honoring Bold Innovation & Community Design

ARC’s Development of Excellence awards recognize projects in metro Atlanta that exemplify cutting-edge, livable design that enhance the surrounding community and support the goals and policies of the Atlanta Region’s Plan, metro Atlanta’s long-range, comprehensive blueprint.

Development of Excellence awards are given annually to developers, local governments and other organizations or people who are making the 10-county Atlanta region a better place to live, work and play.

The Great Place award is also presented each year to recognize a community, neighborhood, public space or street that contributes to the region’s character, enhances options for housing, employment or recreation, and serves as a model for future growth.

ARC also presents an LCI Achievement Award, which honors a development or project that significantly advances the implementation of a community’s Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) plan.

The 2019 Development of Excellence Award was presented to the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design

 Watch the video below to learn more about the Kendeda Building

The Development of Excellence Awards are presented at ARC’s annual State of the Region Breakfast. Along with the Kendeda Building, these other awardees were recognized at the event on November 8, 2019:

Soccer in the Streets – Great Place

Station Soccer, a collaboration of Soccer in the Streets, MARTA, the City of Atlanta, and Atlanta United, reinvents transit stations as a public space for community activity. The transformation of unused space into soccer fields has made the sport accessible to a new generation of athletes.

City Springs – Exceptional Merit for LCI Achievement

City Springs, a mixed-use development in the heart of Sandy Spring, builds on the city’s Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) vision by transforming an aging commercial strip into a vibrant space that houses development houses Sandy Springs City Hall, shops and restaurants, a performing arts center, and the city’s central greenspace.

T3 West Midtown – Exceptional Merit for Sustainability

T3 West Midtown is a 230,000 square-foot office building in Atlantic Station developed by Hines. The name “T3” reflects the building’s primary themes: timber, transit, and technology.

Willis – Exceptional Merit for Catalytic Redevelopment

Willis is an example of how private development can catalyze the economy of a town center. The development, by South City Partners, represents a boost for the economic vision of the Avondale Estates community in DeKalb County.

Past Winners

2018 Development of Excellence Award
LaFrance Walk, Presented to Kronberg Wall Architects

2017 Development of Excellence Award
Parson’s Alley, Presented to the City of Duluth, Fabric Developers, Vantage Realty Partners, Kronberg Wall

2016 Development of Excellence Award
Kronberg Wall Offices, Presented to Kronberg Wall

2015 Development of Excellence Award
Ponce City Market, Presented to Jamestown Properties 

2014 Development of Excellence Award
The Commons at Imperial Hotel, Presented to Columbia Residential, National Church Residences

2013 Development of Excellence Award
Oliver House at Allen Wilson, Presented to the Decatur Housing Authority

2012 Development of Excellence Award
Historic Fourth Ward Park, Presented to the City of Atlanta Departments of Watershed Management and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs; Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership; the Trust for Public Land; and the Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy

2011 Development of Excellence
Perkins+Will Atlanta Headquarters, Presented to Perkins+Will 

2010 Development of Excellence Award
White Provision, Presented to White Provision Development Company 

2009 Development of Excellence Award
Suwanee Town Center, Presented to the City of Suwanee, Main Street Corners LLC, Madison Retail, and Bowen Family Homes

2008 Development of Excellence Award
Oakland Park, Presented to Urban Realty Partners

2007 Development of Excellence Award
West Village, Presented to the Pacific Group, Inc., Branch Properties of Atlanta, and the Highlands Companies of Alpharetta

2006 Development of Excellence Award
Woodstock Downtown, Presented to Hedgewood Properties and the City of Woodstock

2005 Development of Excellence Award
Glenwood Park, Presented to Green Street Properties

2004 Development of Excellence Award
Metropolis, Presented to the Novare Group and Wood Partners, Inc.

2003 Development of Excellence Award
Technology Square and Centergy, Presented to Gateway Development Services, Kim King Associates, Inc., the University Financing Foundation, and the Georgia Institute of Technology

2002 Development of Excellence Award
Milton Park, Presented to Pope & Land Enterprises and AMLI Residential

2001 Development of Excellence Award
Old Suwanee, Presented to Richport Properties and the City of Suwanee

2000 Development of Excellence Award

  • Lindbergh City Center, Presented to Carter & Associates
  • Monarch Village, Presented to Pathway Communities

1999 Development of Excellence Award

  • Post Riverside, Presented to Post Properties, Inc.
  • Ridenour, Presented to Macauley Properties


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