By Jen Wilson – Associate Editor, Charlotte Business Journal
One needs to look no farther than the rapidly evolving skyline of uptown Charlotte for evidence of the area's ongoing development boom — but significant projects are scattered throughout the region, from the central business district to the suburbs. Now in its sixth year, the Charlotte Business Journal's Heavy Hitters Commercial Real Estate Awards program turns a spotlight on the best development projects of the past year and the key players behind each of them.
CBJ solicited nominations for the program, which were then reviewed by the editorial team with consideration for the project's scope, impact and innovation, among other factors. To qualify, projects must have been substantially completed between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019, and be located in the greater Charlotte region.
In the end, 30 finalists were chosen across 11 categories. Winners will be announced at an awards event to be held Oct. 17 at The Westin Charlotte hotel — details and registration here.
In addition, a Pillar Award honoree — a prominent figure in commercial real estate who's played a key role in the region's development over time — will be announced at a later date. Winners of this award are selected based on the individual’s community service, contributions to the local real estate industry and leadership.
The 2019 Pillar Award recipient as well as the projects and teams being recognized this year will be highlighted in a special report to be included in the Oct. 25 issue of CBJ, with those profiles and additional features like photo tours to appear online. Look back at coverage of last year's program here.
Here are this year's Heavy Hitters project finalists, listed in alphabetical order by category:
Top apartment or condominium development
  • Pollack Shores Real Estate Group for The Penrose
  • SunCap Property Group for Draper Place
  • The Spectrum Cos. for Lantower Garrison Park
Top health-care development
  • Atrium Health for its Levine Cancer Institute expansion
  • Novant Health for its Novant Health Mint Hill Medical Center
Top hospitality buildout
  • Playbook Management Co. for La Belle Helene restaurant
  • Legion Brewing Co. for its SouthPark brewery
Top hospitality development
  • Carowinds for its Blue Ridge Junction themed area and Copperhead Strike roller-coaster
  • McKibbon Hospitality and Vision Ventures for the AC Hotel Charlotte City Center, Residence Inn Charlotte City Center and Nuvole Rooftop TwentyTwo

Top mixed-use development

  • Crescent Communities for Novel Stonewall Station
  • Ram Realty Advisors for The Collective
  • White Point Partners for Bowers

Top office development — multitenant

Top office development — single tenant

  • Cousins Properties and Dimensional Fund Advisors for Dimensional Place
  • Pappas Properties and the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association for the CRRA’s midtown headquarters
  • The Springs Co. for its own headquarters

Top public or civic development

  • Leroy Springs & Co. for the Anne Springs Close Greenway Gateway

Top retail development

  • Hutton for the Promenade at Carolina Reserve
  • Marsh Properties for its Strawberry Hill Center

Top office buildout

  • Cushman & Wakefield and Little Diversified Architectural Consulting for Cushman’s office at 300 South Tryon
  • Duke Energy Corp. and Gensler for the Duke Energy Innovation Center at Optimist Hall
  • Jewell Capital and Redline Design Group for the first floor of 200 South Tryon
  • Levvel and Redline Design Group for Levvel’s office at 101 North Tryon
  • Little Diversified Architectural Consulting for its own office at Regions 615
  • SentryOne and Gensler for SentryOne’s office at Bowers

Top warehouse development

  • Daumar Industries Corp. for its own facility
  • Foundry Commercial for Bryton Commerce Center

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