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This year, Multifamily Executive received a record number of award nominations—nearly 300 in all—in 19 categories, which illustrates not only the health, but also the vision and creativity of an industry firing on all cylinders.

Yet, while we pored over a record amount of entrants, the following pages are not filled with a record number of award winners. In fact, a few categories came up completely empty, though there were plenty of very good entrants from which to choose.

Those goose eggs are a testament to the careful deliberation and discerning eyes our judges bring to this process. The entries in those categories were indeed very good, but they didn’t go above and beyond.

Many other industry programs blindly fill a quota, awarding gold medals even when nobody finishes the race. Not us. We consider our roles as judges a covenant, something of a sacred trust. We would be doing the industry a disservice to do anything less.

So, congratulations to the winners, who passed a tough test. You had a great story, and you told it well. And for those who fell short, it wasn’t by much: Some slight adjustments and we’ll see you on the website next year.

Big thanks to thought leaders in the industry who served as judges: 

  • Rohit Anand, Principal, KTGY Tysons Corner
  • Jim Butz, President and CEO, Jefferson Apartment Group
  • Eileen Lee, Vice President of Energy and Environmental Policy, National Multi Housing Council
  • Julie Smith, President, Bozzuto Management Co.
  • Christina Steeg, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Training, Simpson Property Group

MFE editors on the panel:

  • Jerry Ascierto, Editor-in-Chief, Multifamily Executive
  • Linsey Isaacs, Assistant Editor, Multifamily Executive

2013 MFE Awards

  • CedarGatewayApts-SanDiegoCA_HERO-300x200.jpg1

    Affordable Housing

    September 23, 2013

    Cedar Gateway Apartments

    Cedar Gateway Apartments was the first affordable housing project in California to receive federal stimulus funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The 65-unit development provides affordable housing for previously homeless and disabled adults and seniors.Read More

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    Apartment Renovation - Merit

    September 23, 2013

    The Brockman Lofts

    Simpson Housing took a broken condo deal and turned it into one of the most luxurious apartment rental properties in downtown Los Angeles.Read More

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    September 23, 2013

    Post Carlyle Square, Block "O"

    Young professionals in Alexandria, Va., calling for top-notch amenities, an urban edge, and walkability have been answered by Post Properties with Post Carlyle Square, Block “O.”Read More

  • AVAHStreet-WashingtonDC_HERO-300x200.jpg1

    Mid-Rise Podium or Wrap

    September 23, 2013

    AVA H Street

    AVA H Street is a trailblazer of Gen Y housing.Read More

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    September 23, 2013

    7th and H

    A once-forgotten street corner in Sacramento, ­Calif., today offers the promise of a new life for formerly homeless, special-needs individuals, thanks to 7th and H.Read More

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    September 23, 2013

    Heritage Oaks

    Construction costs for the 50-unit Heritage Oaks came in under budget, which allowed the developer, Central Valley Coalition for Affordable Housing, to invest the excess funds in upgraded materials and sustainable technologies.Read More

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    Adaptive Reuse

    September 23, 2013

    Harrison Station 300 Somerset Street

    In 2006, Harrison Commons began remediation of a former industrial and warehouse site in Harrison, N.J. As the first building in a multiphase revitalization of the run-down area, the four-story, mixed-use property reflects the brick façades of the area’s industrial past, while showcasing...Read More

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    Senior - Merit

    September 23, 2013

    Saint John’s On the Lake: South Tower

    Saint John’s On The Lake is a senior community designed to serve the physical, intellectual, social, vocational, spiritual, and emotional needs of its residents.Read More

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    Student - Merit

    September 23, 2013

    University House Central Florida

    Loaded with amenities and state-of-the-art technology, University House Central Florida was designed with Millennials in mind.Read More

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    September 24, 2013

    Expo Apartments

    Expo Apartments borrows its name from the Century 21 Exposition, the 1962 World’s Fair. Located in the heart of the Uptown Urban Center, the 275-unit community is part of Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood. It sits on 1.49 acres on the north boundary of Seattle Center, the site of the Fair.Read More

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    Affordable Housing

    September 24, 2013

    Long Beach Senior Arts Colony

    A creative palette of funding sources and a flair for design made the Long Beach Senior Arts Colony a masterpiece.Read More

  • AristaUptownApts-BroomfieldCO_HERO-300x200.jpg

    Low-Rise Walk-Up

    September 24, 2013

    Arista Uptown Apartments

    With wide-set units, 10-foot ceilings, and large windows, Arista Uptown Apartments provides residents with lots of light in floor plans kept relatively small for cost-­conscious, Gen Y renters.Read More

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    Mid-Rise (Seven to 11 Stories) - Merit

    September 23, 2013

    Union SLU

    If there was any one thing the developers of Union SLU needed to get right, it was the amenities. Situated in the hip Seattle community of South Lake Union, the mid-rise building would be within walking distance of such well-known companies as Amazon and Microsoft.Read More

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    Best Reuse of Land

    September 24, 2013

    Mission Apartments

    AMCAL Multi-Housing took a risk when it decided to develop affordable apartments on an underutilized parking lot near the San Diego airport. Read More

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    Adaptive Reuse - Merit

    September 23, 2013

    Loft Five50

    WinnDevelopment used state and federal historic tax credits to transform two historic mill buildings into mixed-income housing, 95 percent of which has been set aside for workforce housing. Today, the 1860s-era buildings are known as Loft Five50 and offer 75 apartment units that are twice the size...Read More

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    Affordable Housing - Merit

    September 23, 2013

    La Valentina

    A blighted, contaminated site in Sacramento’s Alkali Flats area has found new life as a transit-oriented, mixed-use community that combines quality affordable housing with ground-floor commercial space.Read More

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    September 23, 2013

    Parkview Living

    Through innovative, cost-effective designs, architect KTGY turned a dense, urban infill site—formerly home to five duplexes—into 75 senior units that complement one of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Angeles.Read More

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    Apartment Renovation

    September 24, 2013

    Presidential Towers

    When the Presidential Towers was completed in 1986, it was delivered to a developing neighborhood in the West Loop of Chicago, which was formerly the manufacturing side of town. The building immediately served as a catalyst for major commercial development, improving the surrounding neighborhood...Read More

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    Adaptive Reuse

    September 24, 2013

    Hamilton Square North

    Although St. Francis Hospital served Jersey City residents for decades, its huge campus forced the closing of a vibrant commercial corridor, Pavonia Avenue, and prevented pedestrian traffic in the neighborhood. The hospital closed in 2005, and the complex, which covered two city blocks, needed to...Read More

  • RandolphTowerCityApts-ChicagoIL_HERO-300x200.jpg1

    Adaptive Reuse

    September 24, 2013

    Randolph Tower City Apartments

    For years, Randolph Tower blighted the block it occupied in Chicago’s business district. It wasn’t unheard of for pieces of the terra-cotta façade of the building, built in 1929, to chip and fall on pedestrians walking below.Read More