Paseo Verde

Paseo Verde is a 120-unit mixed-income multifamily rental development on an infill site in the ethnically and economically diverse neighborhood of North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The project was built by a partnership between an established community development corporation and an experienced developer committed to affordability and sustainability. Paseo Verde achieved three Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certifications—LEED for Neighborhood Development across the entire site and LEED for Homes for both its mid-rise and townhouse buildings—partly thanks to its location adjacent to a commuter rail station and near neighborhood services built by the community development corporation. The one- to three-bedroom apartments accommodate a mix of households and incomes, and on-site gardens, gathering spaces, and medical and fitness facilities support residents’ health and wellness.


A 352-acre planned community that uses traditional neighborhood and community design principles to create a small town feeling. The design relies on a hierarchy of streets built in a modified grid, with most homes close to the street on small lots ranging from 2,500 to 9,000 square feet. The community incorporates a variety of housing types-including detached, attached, apartments, and condominiums-as well as a school, a shopping center, a child care center, and a recreation center.

The Historic Ford Factory

The Historic Ford Factory is an adaptive use project that involved the transformation of an auto assembly plant into a six-story, 120,000-square-foot (11,148-square-meter) modern office building. The rehabilitation and conversion of the formerly deteriorating 1915 landmark, once declared a “Blight of the Week” by a local newspaper, were conducted in compliance with National Park Service (NPS) guidelines. The project is in a prominent highway location just four miles (6.4 kilometers) from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. The building is fully leased at market-rate or above-market-rate rents in a relatively soft market. The development includes 470 surface and structured parking spaces.

The Promenade at Westlake

A 210,000-square-foot community shopping center designed to resemble a traditional downtown. The Promenade has a variety of tenants, from businesses that serve neighborhood residents, like a dry cleaner, to entertainment-oriented retail establishments such as restaurants, cafes, a bookstore, a cinema, and a Club Disney for children. As in a traditional town center, structures are highly articulated, and the bulk of the mall is broken up into smaller “buildings,” as if built over time. The site includes various outdoor spaces for sitting, dining, and strolling.

Twenty Five (25)

25 is the adaptive use of an obsolete 306,261-square-foot (28,451-square-meter) 1970s manufacturing plant, entailing conversion into a mixed-use, campus-style office park with retail, restaurants, and future hotels. The goal was to create a high-quality destination, rather than a typical office park. The building’s high visibility, quality, and whimsical design have generated considerable interest. A marketing campaign started in early 1998 before construction helped to give the project its identity and was key to its success. A former eyesore, the building now is a landmark and sets a new standard for commercial real estate development in the Albuquerque market.

David’s Village

A 201-unit, luxury attached-housing development in the Mamillah redevelopment section of Jerusalem. Designed by Moshe Safdie Architects, units in David’s Village feature marble flooring, an individual closed-circuit television alarm and intercom system, electric shutters, and underground parking. The project is the residential phase of a large mixed-use redevelopment project that will include shopping, entertainment, restaurants, and hotels within walking distance of many major tourist attractions.

Victoria Gardens

Designed to resemble a downtown that has evolved over time, Victoria Gardens is a new, pedestrian-oriented town center located 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) east of downtown Los Angeles in Rancho Cucamonga, a town at the heart of California’s Inland Empire. This project–the result of a public/private partnership among Forest City, the Lewis Group of Companies, and the Rancho Cucamonga Redevelopment Agency–comprises department stores, shops, restaurants, a movie theater, a performing arts center, a library, and 55,000 square feet (5,100 square meters) of office space. Intended to serve as a new downtown for Rancho Cucamonga, the completed town center will also include a mix of 500 residential units.

Denver Dry Goods Building

An adaptive reuse of the historic Denver Dry Goods Building, built in 1888. The six-story structure, located in downtown Denver, has been renovated for affordable and market-rate housing, retail, and office uses. The building’s 350,000 square feet of space was subdivided into smaller condominium units and repackaged, using 23 different financing sources.

Poplar Project

The parcel was acquired from a local developer by the housing authority in 1985 for $300,000. Approved density in the PUD allowed for development of 20 multifamily units. While the housing authority intended to use the site to develop affordable housing, no plans existed at the time of acquisition and the site stood vacant for nearly ten years

Hotel Burnham at the Reliance Building

The Burnham Hotel at the Reliance Building is a 122-room “boutique” ù hotel in an adaptive use of an architecturally significant building in the heart of Chicago’s downtown. The Reliance Building, reflecting downtown Chicago’s office market in the 1980s, had slipped into disrepair. In order to protect a treasured landmark, the city purchased the building and quickly stabilized it by restoring the exterior. The city then issued a request for proposals (RFP) and awarded a contract to the winning development team, headed by the locally based McCaffery Interests, on the basis of the team’s proposal to convert the office building into a hotel. The development scheme included the reconstruction of the interior to complement the architectural grandeur of the historic building.