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Lancaster County Convention Center named by Urban Land Institute Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA– June 19, 2014 – Urban Land Institute Philadelphia (ULI Philadelphia), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities, is pleased to announce nine winners for its inaugural Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence. The winners were announced at a cocktail reception at the Ballroom at the Ben in Philadelphia on June 18.


The Lancaster County Convention Center and Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, created by the Lancaster County Convention Center Authority, Redevelopment Authority of the City of Lancaster, and Penn Square Partners was cited as an “excellent example of historic preservation, creative public-private partnership using multiple financing vehicles, and an engine to help regenerate downtown Lancaster.” Architecture by Cooper Carry and Hammel Associates; civil engineering by Derck & Edson; facilities management by Interstate Hotels & Resorts.

ULI Philadelphia received 57 nominations of projects in Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware which were completed within the last five years. Each was carefully reviewed by a 14-member panel of esteemed ULI members from across the country. The jury selected and announced 28 finalists last month and then voted on the winners. “This has truly been a night of celebration for our region’s real estate community,” said Chris Hager, Chair of ULI Philadelphia. “We were delighted with the quality of project nominations we received in our inaugural year and we look forward to even more terrific nominations and winners in future years.”

About ULI Philadelphia

The Urban Land Institute is a nonprofit education and research institute whose mission is to provide responsible leadership in the use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, ULI today has more than 32,000 members around the globe, representing the entire spectrum of land use and development disciplines including developers, builders, property owners, investors, architects, public officials, planners, attorneys, engineers, academics and others engaged in the land use field.
The Philadelphia District Council encompasses about 850 members throughout Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, the southern half of New Jersey and the State of Delaware. It is one of the most robust District Councils in the country, providing education on best practices and important community outreach initiatives such as technical assistance, scholarships, mentoring and networking. For more information visit



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