24 award categories presented for innovation and achievement by regional commercial real estate development firms, affiliated companies and professionals

Baltimore, MD (December 22, 2020) – NAIOP Maryland honored 17 different companies and organizations and seven professionals in 24 separate categories at its bi-annual Awards of Excellence held in a virtual ceremony last week. The program celebrates and recognizes the innovative achievements of regional commercial real estate developers, as well as the companies and professionals that service this industry in Maryland. Ryan Burrows, JLL; Morgan Gilligan, Stewart Title Guaranty Company; and Nicole Wilhelm Smith, ECS Mid-Atlantic served as Co-Chairs of the Awards of Excellence Committee.

Cathy Ward

Cathy Ward, formerly of Corporate Office Properties Trust and now Principal of Forward by Design, LLC was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and is the first woman to be so honored. Thirteen different commercial real estate leaders have been recognized since this award was conceived in 2000. Other individuals were presented with the Distinguished Merit, Broker, Legislative, Rising Star, Service Provider and Volunteer Awards.

“Despite challenging conditions and working in an extremely disrupted environment, outstanding achievements were completed in the commercial real estate industry in central Maryland that significantly contributed to the vibrancy of our region,” explained Jim Lighthizer, President of NAIOP Maryland. “There were many worthy candidates this year and the judging committee had an extremely difficult task to choose the eventual winners. Our committee believes each recipient represents the execution of real estate at the highest level and positively impacted the regional real estate landscape and central Maryland.”

The project and transaction award winners were:

Best Adapted Reuse – Retail
Project: Diageo Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House
Company: Plano-Coudon, LLC

Diageo Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House

Best Adapted Reuse – Warehouse/Office Redevelopment
Project: Stevenson University Kevin J. Manning Academic Center
Formerly: Shire Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Warehouse Conversion
Company: David S. Brown Enterprises, LTD

Best Amenity Space
Project: Howard Hughes Marketing Center
Company: The Howard Hughes Corporation

Best Build-to-Suit Office Building
Project: Maryland SPCA
Company: Merritt Construction Services

Best Build-to-Suit Warehouse
Project: The Container Store
Company: MRP Industrial

Best Community Impact
Project: Ronald McDonald House Maryland – Our New House
Organization: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maryland

Ronald McDonald House Maryland

Best High-Rise Office
Project: 6100 Merriweather Drive
Company: The Howard Hughes Corporation

Best Industrial Park
Project: Principio Business Park
Company: Stewart Properties

Best Interior
Project: Visit Baltimore
Company/Organization: The Verve Partnership/Visit Baltimore 

Best LEED Office Building
Project: 187 Harry S Truman Parkway
Company: St. John Properties, Inc.

6100 Merriweather Drive

Best LEED Warehouse
Project: 813 Pinnacle Drive
Company: St. John Properties, Inc.

Best Low to Mid-Rise Office
Project: 6950 Columbia Gateway Drive
Company: Corporate Office Properties Trust

Best Medical Office
Project: Supreme Orthopedics
Company: Harkins Builders, Inc.

Best Mixed-Use Development
Project: One Light Street
Company: Donohoe Construction Company

Visit Baltimore

Best Retail
Project: Baltimore Public Markets Corporation/Broadway Market
Companies: Plano-Coudon, LLC

Best Warehouse
Project: Brandon Woods III – Building I
Company: Chesapeake Real Estate Group

Best Transaction
Project: Floor & Décor at Tradepoint Atlantic
Companies: ARCO Design/Building Industrial, CBRE and JLL

The Howard Hughes Corporation, Plano-Coudon and St. John Properties each were recognized with two winning entries.  

Platinum sponsors of the Awards of Excellence were: Corporate Office Properties Trust; The Howard Hughes Corporation; M&T Bank and St. John Properties, Inc. Gold sponsors included Arris, a Design Studio, Inc., Chesapeake Real Estate Group, Miles & Stockbridge, Stewart Properties and Stewart Title Guaranty Company.

NAIOP Maryland has more than 400 members and is comprised of individuals working for real estate development companies, brokerage firms and affiliated companies such as financial institutions, architectural firms and engineers.

NAIOP is the nation’s leading trade association for developers, owners, investors and other professionals in industrial, office and mixed-use commercial real estate. Comprising 20,000 members in 55 chapters, it provides networking opportunities, educational programs, research on trends and innovations and strong legislative representation.

For more information about NAIOP Maryland, visit www.naiopmd.org.