Developer Awards encompass the full spectrum of market-rate and for-sale multifamily products, ranging from garden, low-rise, mid-rise and high-rise apartments and condos to adaptive reuse, student housing, mixed-use communities, green building concepts and more. Winning entries are automatically nominated for the Multifamily Community of the Year Award — the Multifamily Pillars Awards’ top honor.
- Best Garden Apartment Community (Four Stories or Less)
A garden apartment complex is traditionally characterized as a cluster of low-rise buildings, no more than four stories, on a single parcel of land. Garden apartment complexes often feature open-air stairways and breezeways, and open lawns or green space. A parking lot, or a series of small lots located throughout the complex, is common. Parking may be covered or uncovered.
- Best Low-Rise Apartment Community (Non-Garden, Five Stories or Less)
Low-rise, non-garden style apartment complexes are traditionally one building or a small complex of buildings. The building often features elevators and units are accessed from interior enclosed hallways. Green space may be from an interior courtyard and parking is usually structured.
- Best Mid-Rise Apartment Community (Six-Nine Stories)
Mid-rise apartment complexes are traditionally one building or a small complex of buildings. The building will feature an elevator with units typically accessed from interior hallways. Nominees in this category will range from six to nine stories in height, exclusive of any parking, which is usually structured.
- Best High-Rise Apartment Community (10+ Stories)
High-rise apartment complexes are traditionally one building but can be a complex of buildings. The building will feature an elevator with units typically accessed from interior hallways. Nominees in this category will be 10 stories or greater in height exclusive of any parking, which is usually structured.
- Best Condominium Community
Condominium communities are multifamily communities that offer for-sale residences in a condominium ownership structure. Best Condominium Community can feature either garden, low-rise, mid-rise or high-rise style buildings.
- Best Student Housing Rental Apartment Community
Student housing communities are designed to accommodate the needs and lifestyle of college students. Student housing communities are typically located in close proximity to a college or university and offer amenities that are specifically geared toward college students.
- Best Military or Veterans Housing
Military or veterans housing is created specifically for either active-duty military members and their families or military veterans. The housing can be either short-term, transitional, for-rent or for-sale housing that serves this population.
- Best 55+ Multifamily Community
55+ multifamily communities are specifically designed to cater to the needs of boomers and beyond. Developments in this category can be either apartment or condominium (garden, low-, mid- or high-rise), and can be either market-rate or affordable housing.
- Best Mixed-Use Community
A mixed-use community is a development that blends residential, commercial, cultural, institutional, and/or other uses. A mixed-use development seamlessly integrates the physical and functional features of those differing communities while providing pedestrian connections. Mixed-use developments can take the form of a single building, a city block or entire neighborhoods.
- Best Adaptive Reuse Community (From Non-Residential Product to Rental Apartments)
Adaptive reuse communities are apartments that have been created from the repurposing or reuse of an old building that was not originally built or designed to provide housing. Examples include repurposing former warehouses, factories and schools.
- Best Repositioning/Redevelopment of a Multifamily Community
Best repositioning/redevelopment communities involve multifamily assets that have been significantly and successfully renovated, rebuilt and/or repositioned to improve marketability and add value. Repositioning can include redevelopment of a portion, or all, of the project, modifications to the physical appearance, the operations or the general area surrounding the property.
- Best in Green Market-Rate Multifamily Community
Green building concepts refer to both the structure and the use of processes that are environmentally responsible and resource efficient throughout a building’s life cycle, including siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and demolition. Green building concepts often receive green building designations, such as NGBS Green or LEED certifications.
- Best Community Amenities
Community amenities are features of a building whose existence increases the value or desirability of that property. Amenities can be lobbies, community rooms, swimming pools, parks and green space, rooftop decks, fitness centers, media rooms, demonstration kitchens, business centers, ground-level retail/restaurants, attractive streetscapes and many other features.