2019 Project of the Year Awards

The Project of the Year Awards are given annually to project teams to recognize outstanding commercial development in North and South Carolina. The award is presented during the NAIOP North Carolina Statewide Meeting in Pinehurst.

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Congratulations to the Two NAIOP NC Project of the Year Award Winners:

New Development Project of the Year: BB&T Leadership Institute (submitted by CJMW Architecture)

In June 2018, CJMW Architecture broke ground on the BB&T Leadership Institute in Greensboro, NC. A study of the terrain and natural features helped integrate the building into the site with a soft footprint. The full program was broken into smaller building elements that are linked together to create a sort of “village,” lending to the nickname “a village in the woods.” Each element has views of the lake and woods and glass walls that bring the outside in, allowing guests and staff to connect with nature, eliminating the distractions of the outside world while promoting a more inward focus. As an executive leadership program, the Leadership Institute helps grow managers into current and future leaders. Leaders from numerous local and regional companies have attended the Leadership Institute’s programs – gaining insight and training that then help them grow their own companies.

Redevelopment/Adaptive Reuse Project of the Year: Raleigh Union Station (submitted by Clancy & Theys)

Completed in July 2018, this state-of-the-art project converted the abandoned Dillon Supply Warehouse into a 26,000 square-foot urban transport center. The center houses passenger rail facilities, commercial space, and interior and exterior civic space for special events. Union Station was designed to be a multi-modal hub that could act as an entry point into the city, where people could hop off the train and onto a bus or commuter rail to get to their destination. It maintains an industrial look and feel combining parts of the old Dillon Supply 1300 Baxter St., Ste. 360 Charlotte, NC 28204 [email protected] 704-940-7383 industrial building with new construction. Thorough planning, well thought-out design, and the meticulous execution have made this facility one that will serve the community and the state for many years to come

Award Guidelines

The Project of the Year award is determined by a selection committee of industry peers from each NAIOP Chapter in North Carolinas.  The following criteria are used to evaluate entries:

  • A NAIOP Member in good standing of whom demonstrates substantial participation in the project.
  • Must have broken ground or the project must have been completed between January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018
  • New Ground up and Re-Development / Adaptive Re-Use / Re-Purpose Projects are eligible.
  • Project must have made a unique contribution to the economic growth and vitality of a region or community. (e.g. job creators, catalyst for surrounding economic development, creation of public infrastructure that would have otherwise not occurred)
  • Demonstrated unique design or innovation (is there a “cool factor”).
  • Ability to overcome design, regulatory issues or other factors that challenged the project at various phases.
  • Provide photos/renderings of project.

2018 Cornerstone Award Winners

Member of the Year - Raleigh-Durham: Whitney Rodgers, Solutions pdm

Member of the Year - Piedmont Triad: James Mitchell, Smith Leonard PLLC

Member of the Year - Charlotte: Alyson Craig, UNCC

Developer of the Year: Andy Andrews, Dominion Realty Partners

Redevelopment Project of the Year: Bailey Power Plant - Winston-Salem

New Development Project of the Year: AvidXchange - Charlotte

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2017 Cornerstone Award Winners

Member of the Year - Raleigh-Durham: Paul Meyers, Fifth Third Bank

Member of the Year - Piedmont Triad: Reggie Beeson, Highwoods Properties

Member of the Year - Charlotte: Chris Thomas, Childress Klein

Developer of the Year: Highwoods Properties

Large Project of the Year: The Center for Technology and Innovation (CTI) - Raleigh

Small Project of the Year: The Shevell Building - Greensboro

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2016 NAIOP NC Awards

A special thank you to Business North Carolina, the NAIOP of NC Award and Media sponsor. All winners of the NAIOP Awards will be announced NAIOP NC Statewide Meeting Dinner on March 15, 2016 in Pinehurst, NC and recognized in a future issue of Business North Carolina.

2016 Cornerstone Award Winners

Member of the Year - Raleigh/Durham: Valoree Eikinas, PE, LEED, AP, CALYX Engineers + Consultants
As a member for more than 10 years, Valoree most recently served as the 2015 Sponsorship Committee Chair, where she accomplished a 25% increase in sponsorship revenue over 2014, increased the amount of sponsors by seven companies, and 48% of those sponsors were first time chapter sponsors.  Valoree serves on the chapter board and is a vocal supporter of NAIOP initiatives and activities. Click here to view award announcement.

Member of the Year - Piedmont Triad: Andy Harding, Dixon Hughes Goodman
Andy served on the Piedmont Triad board for eight continuous years from 2008 through 2015.  He has served as Chairman of all the committees except one.  He has held the Officer positions of Treasurer and President and planned a successful NAIOP Statewide Conference.  Andy held the position of NAIOP Corporate Board of Director for three years ending in 2015. Click here to view award announcement.

Member of the Year - Charlotte: Barry Leasure, GreerWalker
Barry joined NAIOP in 2003 and has actively served on the NAIOP Charlotte Board. A partner with GreerWalker, Barry is described as a quiet leader, but he is fervent about representing the interests of NAIOP members. He was instrumental in providing the commercial real estate perspective for proposed legislation such as a franchise tax on LLCs, North Carolina business License Fee, and general tax reform, making countless trips to Raleigh to discuss the implications of suggested reform. 

Barry has served on the NAIOP Board, the Executive Committee and as Treasurer. GreerWalker is a long-time supporter of NAIOP Charlotte through our Cornerstone Sponsorship program, golf tournament and the statewide conference. Barry's dedication to NAIOP and the commercial real estate industry helps support the success of our NAIOP Charlotte. Click here to view award announcement.

Developing Leader of the Year: Raffi Simel, Triad Commercial Properties
Raffi was the founder and original Chair of the NAIOP Piedmont Triad Chapter’s Developing Leaders Committee, organizing three events averaging 30 in attendance in 2015 that resulted in a net profit to the chapter.  In 2016, Raffi joined the chapter board and continues to provide leadership to the Developing Leaders in his chapter. Click here to view award announcement.


Developer of the Year: Kane Realty Corporation
With 16 years of commitment to the redevelopment of North Hills in Midtown Raleigh, projects such as Stanhope Student Apartments on Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street near NC State University, and their newest project, The Dillon, in downtown Raleigh, Kane Realty demonstrates consistent excellence in the quality of projects within their portfolio, supports commercial real estate industry and NAIOP, and shows quality investment in sustaining a positive economic impact in their community. Click here to view award announcement.

Project of the Year: MetLife Global Technology Campus submitted by Highwoods Properties
In March 2013, MetLife announced plans to create more than 2,600 jobs and invest $125.5 million in North Carolina by the end of 2015.  The Fortune-40 company ultimately selected Cary and Charlotte after a national location search. They partnered with Highwoods Properties to build their new Global Technology Hub, which overlooks the 500 acre Lake Crabtree. To date, this project represents one of the largest jobs announced in North Carolina history. Click here to view award announcement.

2015 Cornerstone Award Winners

Job PostingsNAIOP NC Building Project of the Year was awarded to 751 West Fourth Street, the first multi-tenant office building to be developed in Winston-Salem since 2000 and was awarded for "new or renovated construction project in NC that is outstanding in quality, building components, innovation, teamwork, project delivery and schedule." The project was submitted and award accepted by NAIOP Piedmont Triad member Mark Dunnagan, Frank. L. Blum Construction Company. Frank. L. Blum Construction Company was the general contractor.

Job PostingsNAIOP NC Green Project of the Year was awarded to the Winston-Salem Student Success Center at Hill Hall Renovation & Expansion and was recognized for representing "the 'Best of the Best' in its class for energy efficient design and building system performance." The $11 million project added over 6,000 square feet to the existing space for a total square footage of 38,021. The project was submitted and award accepted by NAIOP Piedmont Triad member Mark Caudill, Shelco LLC. Shelco LLC and Charlotte based R.J. Leeper Construction jointly teamed as the construction manager at risk on the project.

Job PostingsNAIOP NC Real Estate Deal of the Year was awarded to Raleigh based Lenovo. The award "showcases the challenges and achievements in commercial real estate and the impact on our economy as we continue to grow and build our business across the state." CBRE launched a market wide search for 450,000 square feet of space to house 150,000 square feet of labs in addition to traditional office space. The transaction officially closed on October 1, 2014 and is one of the largest real estate deals in Raleigh-Durham history. The deal was submitted and award accepted by NAIOP Research Triangle member Tom Fritsch, CBRE | Raleigh. CBRE | Raleigh was the managing director for the deal.