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

Baltimore, MD (May 6, 2022) – NAIOP Maryland honored 10 different companies and seven commercial real professionals in 12 separate categories at its bi-annual Awards of Excellence held recently in front of nearly 300 attendees at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor. 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 throughout the Maryland region. Ryan Burrows, JLL, Morgan Gilligan, Stewart Title Guaranty Company and Nicole Wilhelm Smith, ECS Mid-Atlantic served as Co-Chairs.

“Once again, the response and number of entries to our bi-annual competition was robust, signifying the continued strength of the regional commercial real estate industry,” explained John Hermann, President of NAIOP Maryland. “Selecting the winners from many worthy nominations was incredibly difficult, as these award recipients represent the execution of a real estate project or an individual achievement at the highest level. Each of the winners positively shape the real estate landscape in the greater Baltimore region.”

James F. Knott, Chairman and CEO of Knott Realty Group, was named winner of the NAIOP Maryland “Lifetime Achievement Award” based on his accomplishments operating the Timonium-based commercial real estate development and investment company for more than 45 years. “I don’t think I really did anything that special,” Knott explained. “I owe my success to having great mentors, an amazingly-supportive wife, a diligent team and the realization that hard work solved any problem. It was a simple formula that I repeated over and over and one in which I continue to instill to my family and co-workers.”

Other individual award winners were:

Vince Bagli, Merritt Properties; Distinguished Merit Award
David Fritz, KLNB; Brokerage Award
Paul Giulio, Hill Management Services, Inc.; Rising Star Award
Michael Powell, Gordon Feinblatt; F. Patrick Hughes Legislative Award
Bill Libercci, NorthMarq, Service Provider Award
Nicole Wilhelm Smith, ECS Mid-Atlantic; Greg Masi Volunteer Award

The project and transaction award winners were:

Best Adaptive Reuse- Warehouse/Office Redevelopment
The Armory at Towson Row
Chesapeake Contracting Group

Best Build-to-Suit Warehouse
Eastgate Building A
MRP Industrial

Best Low to Mid-Rise Office
Schilling Green III
Merritt Properties, LLC

Best Industry Innovation
Green Space/Cube Smart Self-Storage
Iacoboni Site Specialists, Inc.

Best Interior
Tenable Headquarters
Arium AE

Best Mixed-Use
Merriweather District
JP2 Architects

Best Amenity
Wayline at 6721 Columbia Gateway Drive
Corporate Office Properties Trust

Best Warehouse
Nottingham Ridge Logistics, Building I
Chesapeake Real Estate Group

Best Industrial Park
Waugh Chapel Business Park
St. John Properties, Inc.

Best Renovation
Fireline Corporation Headquarters
Arium AE

Best Community Impact
Merriweather Lakehouse Hotel
Costello Construction of Maryland, Inc.

Best Transaction
Bainbridge Logistics Center
MRP Industrial

NAIOP Maryland has nearly 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 chapters throughout North America, the organization provides networking opportunities, educational programs, research on trends and innovations and strong legislative representation

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