The judges of this year’s awards had a tall order, to say the least.
More than 200 nominations were received and carefully weighed, and pound for pound, the quality was so great that there were few, if any, runaway winners. And that’s good news for all of us, even those who weren’t chosen, because in many ways, our annual awards serve as a bellwether. Many of last year’s winners were characterized by financing challenges brought on by the recession, for instance. But this year’s crop shows that the industry has returned to full health. The following pages highlight some of the smartest and most stunning communities this industry has ever produced, and prove that the apartment business is about so much more than bricks and sticks—it’s about passion, creativity, and vision.
After nearly 40 years in affordable housing, Bob Greer, MFE’s 2012 Executive of the Year, isn’t about to stop now.
Campus Apartments’ Warren Burke is MFE’s 2012 Rising Star of the Year thanks to his leadership on some key additions to his company’s portfolio.
2012 MFE Award Winners
- High-Rise: Highland Tower, Houston
- Mid-Rise (7 to 11 stories): La Terraza, The Bronx, N.Y.
- Mid-Rise Podium or Wrap (4 to 6 stories): Fusion 1560, St. Petersburg, Fla.
- Low-Rise Walk-Up (1 to 4 stories): Faubourg Lafitte, New Orleans
- Student: Campus Circle Tallahassee, Tallahassee
- Affordable: St. Joseph’s Senior Apartments
- Senior: Belovida at Newbury Park, San Jose, Calif.
- Apartment Renovation: Martin Luther King-Marcus Garvey Square Co-op Apts., San Francisco
- Apartment Renovation: Charlottetown Terrace, Charlotte, N.C.
- Adaptive Reuse: Foundry Lofts, Washington, D.C.
- Mixed-Income: Oliver Lofts, Boston
- Best Reuse of Land: Park Square, Rahway, N.J.
- Military: Fort Belvoir Residential Communities, Fairfax, Va.
- Green: Charlottetown Terrace, Charlotte, N.C.
- Best Use of Technology: Riverstone Web Platform
- Community Service: Our Front Porch
- Marketing and Advertising: Circle West Campus
- Mixed-Income: Ashley Auburn Pointe, Atlanta
- Low-Rise Walk-Up (1 to 4 stories): Fusion, Sunnyvale, Calif.
- Mid-Rise Podium or Wrap (4 to 6 stories): Montgomery Heights, Newark, N.J.
- Green: Primera Terra, Playa Vista, Calif.
- Adaptive Reuse: 220 Water, Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Senior: Dana Strand Senior Apartments, Los Angeles
- Green: Northwest Gardens, Phase I, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
- Affordable: Ramona Apartments, Portland, Ore.
- Student: Centennial Hall and Falcon Heights, Bowling Green, Ohio
- Low-Rise Walk-Up (1 to 4 stories): Austin Ranch Phase V, The Colony, Texas
- Best Reuse of Land: FloCo Fusion, Minneapolis
- Marketing and Advertising: Corporate Housing: Less Corporate, More Housing, San Mateo, Calif.
- Best Reuse of Land: Trinity Commons, Durham, N.C.
- Community Service: Post HOPE Foundation, Atlanta